Pittsburgh’s Archer still off the mark

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Wednesday night: The Pirates and the Braves were tied at 7-7 in the ninth inning at press time.

Today: Pittsburgh at Atlanta, 12:10 p.m.

Pitching matchup: Bucs RHP Joe Musgrove (4-6) vs. Braves RHP Julio Teheran (4-4)

TV: AT&T SportsNet

The Associated Press

ATLANTA — Now that his knee is healthy, Brian McCann showed he has plenty of power left at 35 years old.

McCann hit one of four Atlanta homers in the second inning and took Pirates starter Chris Archer deep again with a tiebreaking, three-run shot in the sixth to help the Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-5 on Tuesday night.

“It probably hurt me for a little bit there, but once I got it fixed and I came back in September last year, I knew I could make an aggressive move on the baseball,” he said. “I’m healthy. I feel good. Got my bat speed back.”

The Braves, tied for first in the NL East, have won five straight. The game was called following a 1-hour, 48-minute rain delay after eight innings.

McCann put the Braves up 7-4 in the sixth, pulling a fastball into the right-field seats. He made a winner of Touki Toussaint (4-0), who relieved after another ineffective start by Mike Foltynewicz.

The Braves hit four homers off Archer to take a 4-2 lead in the second as Josh Donaldson and Nick Markakis went back-to-back and were followed one batter later by McCann and Ozzie Albies.

Donaldson’s ninth homer ricocheted off the right-field foul pole, and Markakis followed with a 417-foot homer to center, his sixth of the year. McCann’s opposite-field shot sailed into left-center. He was followed by Albies, who pulled his 10th homer into the right-field seats.

Archer gave up seven runs and eight hits with two walks while striking out eight in six innings. He had won two straight starts after dropping five in a row. His five homers allowed were a single-game career high.

“Man, I was throwing stuff right down the middle,” Archer said. “No matter how hard you’re throwing, how good your stuff was the inning before or the game before, if you throw stuff down the middle, you’re going to get blasted and they’re an aggressive team. They jumped me. I didn’t make the adjustment. That was pretty much the ballgame.”

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Pirates allowed four homers in an inning was July 8, 1956, against the New York Giants when Willie Mays, Hank Thompson, Daryl Spencer and Wes Westrum went deep in the fourth at the Polo Grounds. The last time the Braves homered four times in an inning was May 28, 2003, when Rafael Furcal, Mark DeRosa, Gary Sheffield and Javy Lopez went deep in the first off Cincinnati starter Jeff Austin.

San Francisco Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants activated catcher Buster Posey off the 10-day injured list Wednesday before their game against the San Diego Padres.

Posey missed eight games with a right hamstring injury sustained in Baltimore on June 1. The six-time All-Star also was out for six games in May with concussion symptoms.

Posey batted cleanup in manager Bruce Bochy’s lineup.

Aramis Garcia was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento.

New York Yankees

TAMPA, Fla. — New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton homered twice in a minor league rehab game with Class A Tampa on Wednesday night.

Stanton hasn’t played for the Yankees since March 31. He originally went on the injured list with a strained left biceps but strained his left shoulder while rehabbing and then had a rehab assignment with Tampa stopped after one game on May 20 due to left calf tightness.

Stanton went 2 for 3, striking out in the first, hitting a solo shot off the batters’ eye in center during the third and added a fifth-inning two-run homer to right.

He also homered as the designated hitter on Tuesday night.

Stanton played seven innings in right field and was pinch-hit for in the bottom of the seventh.

Barring any issues, Stanton is expected to join Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre this weekend and could be back in the big leagues next week.

Cleveland Indians

CLEVELAND — Mike Clevinger is rejoining the Indians’ rotation sooner than anyone — other than him — expected.

The right-hander, whose season seemed in jeopardy when he strained a muscle in his upper back on April 7, will start Monday when Cleveland opens a four-game series at Texas. It’s been an unexpectedly quick comeback for Clevinger.

The team’s medical staff didn’t think he’d pick up a ball for 6 to 8 weeks, but the hard-working, hard-throwing Clevinger bounced back. He’ll face major league hitters following two minor league rehab starts.

“I got lucky, I guess you could say,” Clevinger said Wednesday before the Indians wrapped up a two-game series with Cincinnati. “It’s hard to say after an injury you got lucky, but that was kind of the case here.”

It’s also finally some good fortune for the Indians, who have been without ace Corey Kluber (broken arm) and Carlos Carrasco (blood condition) as they try to stay in striking distance of the AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins.


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