Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Dillon Gee threw 6 2/3 innings of one-run
ball and the New York Mets avoid a three-game sweep against the Pittsburgh
Pirates with a 4-1 victory.
Gee (7-7) allowed the unearned run on five hits and a walk in his outing. He
has given up two earned runs or less in seven of his last nine starts and has
not lost a decision since June 17 against the Braves.
John Buck had two RBI while Marlon Byrd and Daniel Murphy drove in one run
apiece for the Mets, who lost their first road series since being swept by the
Marlins on May 31-June 2.
The Mets enter the All-Star break at 41-50, fourth in the NL East.
Starling Marte and Jose Tabata each had an RBI for the Pirates, who had a
three-game winning streak snapped.
Starter Gerrit Cole (4-3) lasted five frames, giving up three runs on six hits
and a pair of walks.
Despite the loss, Pittsburgh, at 56-37, can still share the top record in the
National League if the Cardinals lose against the Cubs on Sunday night.
Cole struggled in the first, giving up three runs. Eric Young hit an infield
single to begin the game and David Wright singled to right two batters later.
Byrd brought Young home with a ground rule double to left.
Josh Satin walked to load the bases and Buck delivered a two-run single to
right to give them a 3-0 lead.
Cole kept his composure, though, and allowed just two singles -- both coming
in the third -- over the rest of his outing.
Pittsburgh got on the board in the home half of that frame. Cole hit an
infield single and reached second when Gee's throw to first went wide. He then
scored on a ground rule double by Marte.
In the seventh, Young singled and scored on a triple to center by Murphy.
Tabata drove in a run in the eighth. With LaTroy Hawkins pitching, Jordy
Mercer hit a leadoff single and Andrew McCutchen ripped a double to right,
putting runners in scoring position. After Pedro Alvarez struck out, Tabata
brought Mercer home with a grounder to second.
Bobby Parnell pitched the ninth and gave up one-out singles to Clint Barmes
and pinch-hitter Russell Martin but got Marte and Mercer to fly out to notch
his 17th save.
The Mets are 24-23 on the road, one of just three teams in the National League
(Pirates, Cardinals) with a .500 or better record away from home ... Murphy
has three triples this season. He also committed an error in the second
inning, bringing him to 13, fifth-most in the majors ... Parnell has
converted 14 of his last 15 save opportunities ... Alvarez went 0-for-4,
ending a 10-game hitting streak ... Pittsburgh is 21-20 all-time against New
York at PNC Park.
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