Pirates play home derby in explosive Mariners

Pirates play home derby in explosive Mariners

May 26, 2023; Seattle, Washington, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates designated hitter Andrew McCutchen (22) celebrates while running the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning at T-Mobile Park.
Picture: Joe Nicholson – USA TODAY Sports

Jack Suwinski hit two of Pittsburgh’s franchise-record seven homers as the pirate defeated the host Seattle Mariners 11-6 Friday night in Game 1 of a three-game interleague series

Bryan Reynolds, Ke’Bryan Hayes, Tucupita Marcano, Andrew McCutchen and Carlos Santana also went deep for the piratewho broke a two-game skid

Pittsburgh right-hander Mitch Keller (6-1) wasn’t at his best but got plenty of support to move into a tie for the National League lead in wins. Keller allowed six runs on seven hits over six innings, with two walks and eight strikeouts.

Julio Rodriguez and JP Crawford scored Seattle, which went on a four-game winning streak.

sailors right-hander George Kirby (5-4) had a broken streak of eight straight quality starts. Kirby allowed seven runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings, walking one and four strikeouts. The four homers he gave up were one more than he had combined to allow in his first nine appearances this season

THE pirate broke a tie at 2 with a five-point fifth. Austin Hedges and McCutchen led off with singles and Reynolds hit a two-run triple to the left. With two outs, Suwinski and Hayes hit back-to-back home runs, the first down the center and the second to the left, ending Kirby’s night.

McCutchen started the game with a homer to left center, and Santana opened the fourth with a bomb right.

Suwinski hit a 445-foot blast to right center with one out in the seventh against Juan Then. One out later, Marcano went deep on the right.

Reynolds capped off the home derby with a solo shot from Chris Flexen with an out in the eighth that hit the windows of the Hit it Here Cafe in the second deck in right field. Reynolds went 3 for 4 with four RBIs and scored twice.

Rodriguez went 2 for 4 with three RBIs for Seattle. He hit a solo in the first inning and a two-run single in the fifth.

Crawford’s two-run homer in the seventh sent Keller into the showers.

–Field-Level Media


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