Homers carry Bucs to victory

From Mirror reports

SAN DIEGO — Josh Bell hit two home runs, and Bryan Reynolds and Gregory Polanco each hit one as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the San Diego Padres, 7-2, Saturday night.

Bell now has 14 home runs and has raised his batting average to .333. He had three hits, four RBIs and scored twice out of the cleanup spot for the Pirates.

Polanco’s home run was his fourth after missing a large part of the season recovering from injury.

Pittsburgh used the opener Saturday night due to its issues with injuries in the starting rotation.

Ex-Altoona Curve closer Montana DuRapau pitched the first two innings and struck out four while allowing just one hit and one walk.

After Steven Brault allowed Manny Machado and Austin Allen RBI singles, the Pirates’ bullpen pitched three scoreless innings to close out the game.

Pittsburgh improved to 23-20 after victories the past two nights.

The Pirates will try to win the series when they conclude it this afternoon at 4:10 p.m. with Joe Musgrove on the mound.

On deck

Today: Pittsburgh Pirates at San Diego Padres, 4:10 p.m.

Pitching matchup: Pirates RHP Joe Musgrove (2-4) vs. Padres RHP Cal Quantrill (0-1)

TV: AT&T SportsNet