Veal Loses For Indians; Raynor Wins for Pirates

The Pirates’ bats were pretty quiet in the first part of the game, though Morton got the team’s first hit of the game — a single down the right field line. �Finally, in the 7th inning, the Pirates got onto the scoreboard, courtesy of a solo home run by RF/1B Steve Pearce. The Braves got the run back in the top of the 8th, scoring on a single and two walks off reliever Brian Bass. Then the Pirates took advantage of a little luck and burst out for 5 runs in the bottom of the 8th off former teammate Jesse Chavez. �C Erik Kratz hit a cloud-high pop-up that fell in amid some confused Braves, right between the plate and the mound. �CF Starling Marte, up from minor league camp, hit right back to the mound, but the ball bounced up and over the mound and out of everyone’s reach — two runners on. �2B Ramon Vazquez also singled (in a more conventional manner), and the bases were loaded for�Delwyn Young, playing third base today. �Young slipped a single through the right side of the infield, and 2 runs came in. �Raynor walked to load the bass again, and Steve Pearce broke his bat on a single, bringing in 2 more runs, and the score was 6-5. �SS Chase d’Arnaud singled, and picked up the game-tying RBI as Raynor scored. �Raynor walked again, and d’Arnaud helped him move around with another single in the 10th inning, to give the Pirates the win.

Evan Meek, Jeff Karstens, and Steven Jackson each pitched a scoreless inning for the Pirates. �Jackson was the pitcher of record in the 10th inning, so he was credited with the win when Raynor scored in the bottom of the 10th. �Also in the game: �PH Kevin Melillo, PH Luke Carlin, and LF Miles Durham.

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