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Pirates defeat Mets

 The Associated Press  |    Jul 8th, 2024 11:03pm EDT

Mitch Keller pitched eight innings for his 10th win of the season and Joshua Palacios’ home run capped a five-run sixth inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the New York Mets 8-2 on Monday.

Keller (10-5) allowed two runs and seven hits in a 107-pitch outing while striking out six and walking none. He is the first Pirates pitcher to have double-digit victories before the All-Star break since Gerrit Cole in 2015 and Pittsburgh earned a split of the four-game series.

It was the 49th consecutive start that Keller pitched at least five innings, the longest current run in the major leagues.

Pittsburgh’s Oneil Cruz and New York’s Brandon Nimmo each hit two-run home runs.

Mets manager Carlos Mendoza lifted rookie starter Christian Scott with two outs and no runners on base in the bottom of the sixth inning with the score 2-2.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt and Alec Burleson homered, Miles Mikolas pitched into the seventh inning and St. Louis beat the Washington.

Burleson drove in three runs for the Cardinals, who took three of four games in the series and have won six of eight overall. St. Louis is 33-18 since Mother’s Day, good for second-best in the majors behind Cleveland (32-16).

Goldschmidt’s 12th homer of the season came off left-hander Mitchell Parker in the fourth. The 36-year-old slugger has 352 career home runs, tying Ryan Braun and Ellis Burks for 96th place in big league history. He needs 11 hits to reach 2,000.

Burleson had a two-run single and his 14th homer. He hit .300 (9 for 30) with two home runs on the road trip.


DETROIT (AP) — Jake Rogers led off the eighth inning with a double and broke a scoreless tie on an error, helping Detroit outlast Cleveland.

Guardians shortstop Brayan Rocchio was charged with the error when Mark Canha’s grounder got under his glove, allowing Rogers to score from third after advancing on Wenceel Perez’s single.

Tyler Holton (4-1) picked up the win and Shelby Miller pitched the ninth for his first save of the season, combining for 2 2/3 perfect innings.

Detroit rookie right-hander Keider Montero didn’t give up a run in 6 1/3 innings and allowed just three hits and one walk.


CINCINNATI (AP) — Rece Hinds homered and doubled in his major league debut, Andrew Abbott pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and Cincinnati beat Colorado.

All-Star shortstop Elly De La Cruz had an RBI double and scored twice. He also stole two bases in the first inning, giving him 45 this season to pass Billy Hamilton for the most in Reds history before the All-Star break.

Hinds was called up earlier in the day from Triple-A Louisville, where he was hitting .216 with 13 homers and 126 strikeouts in 77 games. He was retired on a diving stop by shortstop Ezequiel Tovar in his first at-bat, then doubled in the fifth and launched a 449-foot homer against Tyler Kinley leading off the eighth.

Hinds also made a sliding catch in right field.

Abbott (9-6) retired his first nine batters with five strikeouts, setting the tone for an outstanding outing. He struck out eight and walked two.

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