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MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Atlanta Braves Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Morgantown was off.

— Gift Ngoepe homered twice and drove in five runs to lead Indianapolis (68-53) to an 8-3 win over Buffalo. The homers give Ngoepe five on the year. Jacob Stallings went 3-4 with two doubles. Drew Hutchison gave up three runs on six hits and no walks in seven innings. He struck out five. Austin Meadows returned to Indy, played center, and went 2-5 with a double.

Kevin Newman: 1-5
Max Moroff: 2-4, 2B, BB
Jordan Luplow: 1-5
Chris Bostick: 2-4, 2B, BB

— Altoona (63-57) beat Portland, 5-3. Pablo Reyes and Elvis Escobar each went 3-4, Escobar with a double and Reyes with his ninth HR. J.T. Brubaker managed to allow only one run despite giving up eight hits and three walks over five innings. He fanned four.

Cole Tucker: 1-4, 3B
Jerrick Suiter: 0-4, BB, 3 K
Wyatt Mathisen: 1-2, BB
Jin-De Jhang: 0-4

— Bradenton (65-53) used a pair of first-inning longballs to beat Daytona, 5-3. Casey Hughston led off the bottom half of the inning with his seventh HR and Ty Moore later connected for his fifth with two men aboard. Hughston and Moore each finished the night 2-4. Logan Sendelbach gave up three runs on six hits in five and two-thirds innings.

Stephen Alemais: 0-2, 2 BB
Will Craig: 1-3, BB

— West Virginia (58-59) beat Lexington, 3-2, on a walkoff sacrifice fly by Ryan Nagle in the bottom of the ninth. Oddy Nunez started and gave up two runs on four hits and a walk in six innings. He struck out five. The Power had just three hits, with Oneil Cruz going 2-4.

Adrian Valerio: 0-4
Angel German: IP, H, BB, K
Blake Cederlind: IP

— Bristol (11-40) continued its comedy act, blowing a six-run lead and losing the continuation of Sunday’s suspended game when Chris McDonald walked three straight batters to force in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. The final score with Pulaski was 11-10. The Pirates had only four hits and whiffed 14 times, but hit three homers in taking a 10-6 lead. Those included back-to-back HRs by Kyle Watson, who drove in three altogether, and Henrry Rosario. The longballs were Watson’s first and Rosario’s fifth. Ryan Peurifoy hit a grand slam, his second HR. Jacob Taylor started on Sunday and continued to struggle, allowing four runs in two innings.

The regularly scheduled game was less dramatic, with Bristol getting just one hit and losing, 6-0. Starter Domingo Robles gave up a run in three innings on two hits. He struck out one. The Pirates fanned nine times in the seven-inning game, giving them 23 strikeouts in 55 ABs in the two games. They had only two hits in the last 43 ABs between the two games.

— The GCL Pirates (17-27) beat the Tigers East, 3-1. Cody Bolton threw three shutout innings, allowing two hits and a walk, and striking out two. Brian Sousa followed with four hitless and scoreless innings, although he walked four. Jeremias Portorreal went 3-4.

Lolo Sanchez: 1-3, BB
Mason Martin: 0-3, BB
Calvin Mitchell: 1-4

— The DSL Pirates (34-28) beat the Indians, 4-2. Luis Arrieta gave up two runs in five innings on three hits and three walks. He fanned seven. Arrieta has a 2.70 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. Carlos Garcia was 2-3 with a double and a walk.

Francisco Acuna: 0-3, BB
Jean Eusebio: 0-3, BB