The Pittsburgh Pirates road woes continued on Wednesday. This time it got the best of James McDonald.
J-Mac allowed just a run on a fourth-inning homer over six innings but the Pirates couldn’t get anything going in a 4-1 loss to St. Louis in the rubber game on Wednesday.
The loss dropped Pittsburgh to 16-61 on the road this season. The New York Mets own the major league record for fewest road wins, 17, since the major league schedule expanded to 162 games in 1962. The Pirates close out the season with four games at Florida.
The Pirates avoided their 15th shutout when Andrew McCutchen led off the ninth with a double and scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly by Neil Walker. Jose Tabata extended his hitting streak to 11 games and Pedro Alvarez extended his to nine.
In addition, Tabata (.303) and Walker (.298) are attempting to be the first pair of Bucs rookies to bat .300 since 1899.
McDonald (4-6) allowed five hits in seven innings. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out seven.
First basemen Garrett Jones botched a double-play grounder in the eighth that helped a two-run uprising.
The Pirates couldn’t get to homer-happy P.J. Walters (2-0), who entered having surrendered 11 home runs in 39 innings with an 8.54 ERA in 14 games in 2009-10.
He allowed singles in the first, third and sixth frames, and the right-hander walked a batter in the sixth, the only frame a Pittsburgh runner advanced to second base until the ninth.
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