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Pirates set season scoring high, beat Braves 9-3

 Pittsburgh Pirates' Pedro Alvarez (24) celebrates with Pittsburgh Pirates third base coach Nick Leyva (16) after hitting a two-run home run in the fo...
 Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher James McDonald (53) works in the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Monday, April 30, 201...
 Atlanta Braves center fielder Michael Bourn (24) is tagged out by Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Neil Walker (18) as he attempts to steal second b...
 Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla (26) forces out Pittsburgh Pirates' Neil Walker (18) as he turns a double play on a Pedro Alvarez ground ball...
 Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor (36) works in the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Monday, April 30, 2012 in...

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Pittsburgh Pirates' Pedro Alvarez (24) celebrates with Pittsburgh Pirates third base coach Nick Leyva (16) after hitting a two-run home run in the fo...

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Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher James McDonald (53) works in the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Monday, April 30, 201...

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Atlanta Braves center fielder Michael Bourn (24) is tagged out by Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Neil Walker (18) as he attempts to steal second b...

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Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla (26) forces out Pittsburgh Pirates' Neil Walker (18) as he turns a double play on a Pedro Alvarez ground ball...

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Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor (36) works in the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Monday, April 30, 2012 in...

Pedro Alvarez and Yamaico Navarro each hit two-run homers, and the Pittsburgh Pirates enjoyed a long-awaited offensive breakthrough as they beat the Atlanta Braves 9-3 on Monday night.
The Pirates, last in the major leagues with 58 runs in 22 games, almost doubled their previous season high of five runs. Neil Walker had three hits and drove in a run.
It took the Pirates 22 games this season to score more than five runs. That was the longest streak since the 1972 Milwaukee Brewers went a major league-record 31 games into the season without surpassing five runs, according STATS LLC. The last National League team with a longer streak was the 1919 Boston Braves, who went an NL-record 23 games into the season without topping five runs.
James McDonald (1-1) set a career high with 10 strikeouts as he improved to 3-0 in six career appearances against the Braves.
Navarro homered off Mike Minor (2-2) in the sixth.
PHILLIES 6, CUBS 4
At Philadelphia, Placido Polanco hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the eighth inning to lift the Phillies over the Cubs.
Bryan LaHair hit a tying, two-run homer off Chad Qualls (1-0) in the eighth after Vance Worley threw seven impressive innings for Philadelphia.
But the Phillies answered in the bottom half. Scott Maine (0-1) hit pinch-hitter Juan Pierre with a one-out pitch and Jimmy Rollins singled off Rafael Dolis with two outs.
Polanco, who had just two RBIs in his first 71 at-bats, drove in two with a hard liner to the wall in left.
DIAMONDBACKS 9, MARLINS 5
At Miami, left-hander Patrick Corbin pitched 5 2-3 innings to win his major league debut, and Arizona beat the slumping Marlins.
The 22-year-old Corbin, who was called up from Double-A Mobile, struck out six and allowed three runs.
Cody Ransom and Justin Upton hit two-run homers, and Willie Bloomquist had a two-run double for Arizona.
Mark Buehrle (1-4) endured his worst outing this season. The left-hander lasted only five innings and allowed seven runs _ four earned _ and eight hits.


Updated : 2021-04-13 03:17 GMT+08:00