Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Central

Pirates fall again, playoff hopes dim with loss to Nats

PITTSBURGH — A season that’s spiraled away from the Pittsburgh Pirates spilled into frustration Sunday. On the edge of elimination from the playoff race with a 10-7 loss to Washington, the Pirates got into a bench-clearing skirmish after Nationals star Bryce Harper injured his left thumb ...

Nats clinch playoff berth, beat Pirates 6-1

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Washington Nationals clinched a postseason berth and no worse than a tie for the National League East title, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 Saturday night behind 5 1/3 scoreless innings from rookie reliever Reynaldo Lopez. Stephen Drew’s two-run single capped a ...

Limiting mistakes is the key for Marshall against No. 3 Louisville

MILWAUKEE — The Pittsburgh Pirates are clinging to playoff hopes and got a great start from rookie Chad Kuhl to keep them in the hunt. Sean Rodriguez hit a home run and a two-run single, Andrew McCutchen went deep, rookie Chad Kuhl pitched six strong innings and the Pirates beat the ...

Pirates preserve playoff chances with 6-3 win over Brewers

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Andrew McCutchen, Jody Mercer and Josh Bell each drove in two runs and the Pittsburgh Pirates preserved their faint playoff hopes alive with a 6-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night. The Pirates won their fifth straight at Miller Park, and fifth of six overall ...

Galvis hits homer to lead Phillies past Pittsburgh

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Freddy Galvis has a handwritten note stuck on his locker reminding him to keep the ball out of the air. There’s no signature. It’s simply inscribed “#No. 20.” Even Mike Schmidt (yes, The No. 20) could agree that if Galvis does put the ball in the air, it may as ...

Rodriguez hits homer to lift Bucs over Phillies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Sean Rodriguez is having his most productive big league season yet, and he had a memorable blast Tuesday night to keep the Pittsburgh Pirates’ slim postseason hopes alive. Rodriguez had a pinch-hit three-run homer in the ninth inning, lifting the Pittsburgh Pirates ...

Fading Pirates lose 8-0 to Reds

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates are running out of time. It may already be too late. Ryan Vogelsong pitched four shaky innings in Pittsburgh’s 8-0 loss to Cincinnati on Sunday, closing a disappointing four-game set against the last-place Reds. The Pirates have dropped 11 of 13 overall ...

Votto powers Reds past reeling Pirates 8-7

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joey Votto celebrated his 33rd birthday with four hits, including a home run, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the collapsing Pittsburgh Pirates 8-7 on Saturday night. Votto led off the ninth inning with his 23rd homer, a drive to right off Juan Nicasio that gave the Reds a ...

Reds end skid with 4-3 win over Pirates on Peraza’s sac fly

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jose Peraza’s sacrifice fly snapped a ninth-inning tie and lifted Cincinnati to a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night, ending the Reds’ five-game losing streak. With the score tied 3-3, Eugenio Suarez hit a leadoff single off closer Tony Watson ...

Kang’s home run ends Pirates’ 8-game skid

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Just about everyone in the Pirates’ clubhouse was in a reflective mood after Pittsburgh ended its longest skid in five years. Jung Ho Kang led off the eighth inning with a home run, leading the Pirates to a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night to snap ...