For the second time in as many days, the Pittsburgh Pirates didn’t offer much food to their fans gathered at PNC Park. The Toronto Blue Jays won 4-1 on Saturday.
The day after a shutout against the same Jays, the Pirates couldn’t capitalize on Alek Manoah’s absence to gain points. Interim manager John Schneider used no fewer than seven pitchers to muzzle the Pennsylvania squad, and only Yusei Kikuchi struggled.
The Japanese gunner allowed four hits and the hosts’ run only in two and a third innings. Oneil Cruz scored a one-point triple at his own expense to open the scoring.
The Jays, however, bubbled in the seventh inning when Bo Bichette hit his 34th double of the campaign. At the same time, he sent George Springer, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Matt Chapman to the plate to deal a punch to the pirates.
That action came shortly after the night ended from Roansy Contreras, who had previously disrupted the Canada team’s hitters. He allowed just one earned run and four hits in six innings.
Raimel Tapia drove alone in the only run with a groundout in the fourth inning.
Elsewhere, second baseman Santiago Espinal was forced out of the game after receiving a hand shot on the eighth downing.
Corey Kluber excited
At Tropicana Field, gunner Corey Kluber brilliantly took on the daunting task of choking the New York Yankees batters, and the Tampa Bay Rays earned a narrow 2-1 win.
Kluber (10-7) and his teammates left the Bronx Bombers empty for seven innings. He only allowed two safe hits and four free passes, but only knocked out four batters.
At the very end of the duel, Aaron Judge continued his dream season by hitting a 52nd long ball. However, it was the only moment of celebration for the Yankees on offense.
Yandy Diaz rode with a momentum in the Rays’ only two runs. His shot, good for a single, ricocheted off pitcher Clarke Schmidt (5-4) and allowed two teammates to cross home plate.
The Florida team is now just four games behind their New York rival and first in the American East Division.
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