AROUND THE HORN | Friday’s other MLB games
Pirates 14, Reds 3
Rookie Colin Moran had four hits and three RBIs, and Starling Marte hit a bases-loaded triple to lead the streaking Pittsburgh Pirates over the Cincinnati Reds. Moran’s two-run single with two outs in the third inning just dropped in front of diving center fielder Billy Hamilton and put the Pirates ahead for good at 4-2. Marte’s triple keyed a six-run sixth inning that included Corey Dickerson’s two-run double as Pittsburgh extended its lead to 10-2 while playing through a steady rain. Dickerson had three hits, including a triple, and Jordy Mercer had two doubles among his three hits. The Pirates had 15 hits, including two each by Marte and Josh Harrison. Harrison also drove in two runs and Josh Bell drew three walks. Gregory Polanco hit a two-run double during a four-run seventh that made it 14-2. Trevor Williams (2-0) scattered two runs over 51/3 innings despite allowing 10 hits. Luis Castillo (0-2) allowed four runs and six hits in five innings and has a 9.00 ERA through two starts. Jesse Winker had three hits for the Reds, and Joey Votto, Jose Peraza and Castillo added two each. Moran and Mercer hit back-to-back RBI doubles in the second inning. The Reds tied it in the third on run-scoring singles by Winker and Votto but didn’t score again until the ninth. Clay Holmes, a 25-year-old right-hander, pitched the final two innings for Pittsburgh in his major league debut and allowed one run.
Braves 8, Rockies 3
Brandon McCarthy pitched six solid innings and delivered a two-run double that chased German Marquez in the fifth inning of the Atlanta Braves’ win over the Colorado Rockies. McCarthy (2-0) allowed three runs and five hits, more than enough for the hot-hitting Braves, who lead the majors with a franchise-best 56 runs through seven games. Marquez (0-1) gave up seven, seven hits and six walks in 42/3 innings. He allowed a solo homer to Ozzie Albies in the first and walked two batters before Preston Tucker’s sacrifice fly and Dansby Swanson’s two-run triple made it 4-0. Colorado got a run back in the bottom half when Carlos Gonzalez lined a run-scoring triple to right-center. Gonzalez added a solo homer in the fourth, a 445-foot shot into the right field bleachers, and two batters later Trevor Story also went deep for the first time this season with a 442-footer. McCarthy, the first Braves pitcher to last six innings so far, followed Swanson’s two-out RBI triple in the fifth with a two-run double that made it 7-3 and chased Marquez. Peter Moylan, Jose Ramirez and Shane Carle combined to throw three scoreless innings for Atlanta.
Blue Jays 8, Rangers 5
Russell Martin homered and hit a pair of RBI singles to back six solid innings from Marco Estrada, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers. Martin’s drive to left field for an 8-0 lead in the sixth came right after Yangervis Solarte connected on a solo shot. Estrada (1-0) took a two-hit shutout into the sixth before Shin-Soo Choo homered for the third straight game. Estrada allowed five hits and a run with a walk and seven strikeouts. Roberto Osuna allowed two singles but got Choo to ground into a double play in a scoreless ninth for his third save. Matt Moore (0-2) allowed five hits, four walks and six runs — five earned — in 31/3 innings. Josh Donaldson drove in a run among two singles and scored twice, and Solarte walked his first three times up. Adrian Beltre had three hits to break a tie with Rickey Henderson for 24th on the career list and is now at 3,058. He and Choo each doubled in a run in a four-run seventh. Elvis Andrus added an RBI single, his third hit.
Padres 4, Astros 1
Jose Pirela had three hits, including a tiebreaking, two-run double in the fifth inning that helped the San Diego Padres beat the Houston Astros in the opener of an interleague series. The game was tied 1-all when Austin Hedges doubled off Lance McCullers Jr. (1-1) with one out in the fifth and Manuel Margot followed with a single. Pirela doubled to right-center for a 3-1 lead. Eric Hosmer hit a two-out double in the ninth off Ken Giles and scored on a double by Villanueva. Luis Perdomo (1-1) allowed one run and four hits in five innings. Jordan Lyles, a first-round pick by the Astros in 2008, took over in the sixth and sat down the next six Astros, with four strikeouts, before Kirby Yates struck out two in a scoreless eighth. McCullers allowed three runs, seven hits and three walks in five innings. Carlos Correa had an RBI for the Astros.