Posted by Craig Mitchell at 5:19 PM
Sunday afternoon in Flushing, the Pirates scored four times in a poorly played top of the 7th inning snapping a 1 all tie as they complete a 3 game sweep of the Mets with a 8-1 win. Matt Harvey and Jeff Locke were locked in a 1-1 tie through 6. In the top of the 2nd the Pirates took a 1-0 lead on a solo homer by Pedro Alvarez, his 18th of the year. Travis d’Arnaud tied it in the bottom of the 2nd with a solo homer of his own, his 6th. In the middle of the 6th inning there was a 42 minute rain-delay. That ruled out Harvey pitching a 7th inning. When the Mets came back Arquimedes Caminero two runners on and 1 out and cleared the inning. In the top of the 7th the Pirates broke through against the Mets. Bobby Parnell relieved Harvey and walked Pedro Florimon, then the tandem of Tejada and Murphy failed to convert a double play on a good throw by Bobby Parnell giving the Bucs 1st and 3rd with no out. Gregory Polanco singled to center scoring Florimon breaking the 1 all tie. A passed ball by Travis d’Arnaud brought home Sean Rodriguez to make it 3-1, Aramis Ramirez followed with an RBI single and it was 4-1 Pirates. Pedro Alvarez capped the 4 run inning with an opposite field RBI single to make it 5-1. In the 8th Starling Marte brought home run # 6 on an RBI infield hit against Carlos Torres, that run was charged to Eric O’Flaherty. Torres then gave up 2 runs of his own when Ramirez hit a 2 run double to cap the scoring. For the 2nd straight outing, Bobby Parnell was roughed up. He allowed all 4 runs (earned), on 2 hits and 2 walks in 2/3 of an inning. Parnell takes the loss falling to 1-2. Harvey gets the no-decision going 6 allowing 7 hits the 1 run (earned) walking 1 and striking out 6. His ERA falls to 2.57. Caminero gets the win he’s now 4-1. Aramis Ramirez went 4 for 5 with 3 RBI to lead the way for the Bucs. d’Arnaud went 2 for 3 with the homer for the Mets. With the loss the Mets now fall to 63-55 on the year and 42-21 at Citi Field. The Mets temporarily lose a ½ game to the Nats cutting their lead to 4 games in the NL East. That will either return to 4 ½ games or reduce to 3 ½ games pending the Nats game against the Giants in San Francisco. Monday is an off day for the Mets. Tuesday they are in Baltimore for a 2 games set against the surging O’s. Jacob deGrom (11-6 2.03) goes for the Mets. Kevin Gausman (2-4 4.48) goes for the Orioles.