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Pirates Clinch 1st Winning Season in 21 Years

Pirates Clinch 1st Winning Season in 21 Years

Arlington,  TX  (Sports Network)  - Gerrit  Cole outdueled  Yu Darvish and the 
Pittsburgh Pirates edged the Texas Rangers, 1-0, to secure their first winning 
season since 1992. 

Cole  (7-7) allowed just three hits -- all singles -- and two walks over seven 
terrific  innings.  The rookie  struck out  nine in his  16th career start and 
helped the Pirates put a four-game losing streak in the rearview mirror. 

Pittsburgh  was  swept by the St.  Louis Cardinals in a three-game series over 
the weekend but pulled within one game of the NL Central leaders. 

Pedro  Alvarez broke  a scoreless  tie with  a two-out  double in  the seventh 
against  Darvish  (12-8), who was  handed the  loss despite allowing just four 
hits and one walk in seven innings of work. 

The  clubs came  into this  three-game interleague  series sporting  identical 
81-61  records with  strong leads in the their respective wild card races, and 
it played like a playoff matchup from the opening pitch. 

Cole  and  Darvish matched zeroes before  the Pirates rallied with two outs in 
the seventh. The newly-acquired Marlon Byrd reached on a double down the left- 
field  line, and Alvarez  followed with a line drive base hit up the middle to 
push across the game's first run. 

Texas'  best chance against Cole came in the sixth when Adrian Beltre stranded 
runners on second and third with a groundout to short. 

Tony  Watson  set down the  Rangers in order in  the eighth, and Mark Melancon 
shook off a two-out single in the ninth to cap the shutout and his 12th save. 

 

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