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Pirates split doubleheader, beat the Yankees in New York for first time since 1960
The Pittsburgh Pirates (18-25) beat the New York Yankees (23-20), 5-3, splitting the doubleheader today. With the 5-3 win in Game 2 of the doubleheader, Pittsburgh beat the Yankees in Bronx for the 1st time since 1960 World Series. Pittsburgh lost Game 1 of doubleheader, 4-3.
- Charlie Morton (0-6, 3.45 ERA) fell to 0-6 on the season, allowing 6 hits and 4 runs in the loss. Morton was roughed up early, allowing all 4 runs in the first two innings.
- Neil Walker (.259 – 9 HR – 25 RBI) drove in 2 runs and homered in the loss. Walker’s solo home run in the top of the 1st, was his 9th home run of the season. Last season Walker didn’t hit his 9th home run until August 27th.
- Tony Sanchez (.271 – 2 HR – 11 RBI) also homered in the loss
- Gerrit Cole (4-3, 3.84 ERA) got the win in Game 2 of the doubleheader, allowing 7 hits and 3 earned runs, while striking out 8 and walked 2.
- Josh Harrison (.304 – 2 HR – 5 RBI) broke a 3-3 tie with a solo home run in the top of the 7th to put the Pirates ahead 4-3. Harrison has an OPS of 1.076 when batting leadoff this season. Chris Stewart (.243 – 0 HR – 3 RBI) added an insurance run in the 9th with a sacrifice fly, scoring Jordy Mercer.
- Mark Melancon (2.25 ERA, 6 SV) picked up his sixth save with a scoreless ninth.
- The Pirates are seven games under .500 at the 43 game mark. Last season the Pirates were seven games (25-18) above .500 at the 43 game mark, despite a 1-5 start.