The Pittsburgh Pirates utilized a strong outing from starting pitcher Vance Worley and another big night from star rookie outfielder Gregory Polanco to get their weekend series with the New York Mets off to a successful start with a 5-2 victory in front of a boisterous home crowd.
Worley, in his third start for the Pirates, improved to 2-0 by tossing seven innings and allowing just a single run on Lucas Dude’s home run in the fourth, the 12th round tripper for the Mets’ first baseman.
Mets starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka was tagged with the loss, dropping his record to 3-2. The Japanese right-hander hurled six innings and permitted five runs.
Right fielder Gregory Polanco, in just his 16th big-league contest, smacked a three run home run off Matsuzaka and racked up four runs batted in overall. Polanco is now batting a robust .338 while giving Pittsburgh fans plenty to get excited about.
With the victory, the Pirates improved their record to 40-39 while the Mets fell to 36-43 as the season nears the halfway mark.
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