Pirates rally to halt skid
Reynolds hits first MLB homer
ARLINGTON, Texas — Bryan Reynolds led off the 11th inning with his first career homer and Starling Marte then added a two-run shot as the Pittsburgh Pirates ended their eight-game losing streak with a 6-4 win over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.
The Pirates were scoreless until getting three runs in the ninth off closer Jose Leclerc.
Reynolds led off the 11th with a blast off Jesse Chavez (0-1) that landed on the hill in center field. Reynolds has hit safely in all eight of his games since the outfielder’s big league debut April 20.
Marte was playing his first game since April 19, when he was involved in a full-speed collision with shortstop Erik Gonzalez that sent both players to the injured list. Reynolds was called up the next day when Marte was sidelined with bruises to his abdominal wall and ribs. Gonzalez broke his collarbone.
Kyle Crick (1-1), who was born in nearby Fort Worth and lives in Sherman about 90 miles north, pitched a perfect 10th. Felipe Vazquez worked the 11th for his seventh save after allowing Joey Gallo’s leadoff homer — his 10th.
Pittsburgh had three consecutive hits off Leclerc to start to the ninth, including a leadoff double by Reynolds and Adam Frazier’s RBI single for their first run. Leclerc then struck out two before Josh Bell, who was born and raised in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and grew up a Rangers fan, tied the game at 3 with a two-run double.
Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli was hit on his left wrist by a pitch in the second inning and left the game.