Chris Archer surrendered a career high five home runs to the Atlanta Braves Tuesday night in a 7-5 Pirate loss.
All five home runs came on fastballs, and all were center-cut.
Josh Bell spotted Archer (3-6) an early lead by driving in a pair on a base hit in the first, but Atlanta went deep four times in the second. Josh Donaldson and Nick Markakis went back-to-back to start the inning, and after an Austin Riley strikeout, Brian McCann and Ozzie Albies hit consecutive home runs again.
In the process, Archer became the first Pirate pitcher ever to surrender four home runs in one inning.
Colin Moran doubled home Bell in the fourth and Starling Marte brought the tying run home in the fifth on a productive ground out.
But McCann’s second home run of the night ended up being the decider, pouncing on a 3-0 pitch with a pair of men on in the sixth.
Archer finished the night allowing all seven runs on eight hits, walking a pair and striking out eight.
Bryan Reynolds delivered a pinch-hit RBI triple in the eighth to bring the Bucs back to within a pair, but Elias Diaz popped out to first to end the inning.
The game was rained out prior to the Pirates getting last ups in the ninth.
Braves’ starter Mike Foltynewicz lasted five innings, allowing four runs. Touki Toussaint gets the win (4-0) after getting five outs.
Dovydas Neverauskas and Kyle Crick tossed scoreless innings for the Bucs.
Kevin Newman had three hits and scored twice.
The Pirates fall to a season high six games under .500, now 30-36.
MItch Keller (0-1, 13.50) will make his second big league start Wednesday at 7:20 p.m.. Mike Soroka (7-1, 1.38) will go for Atlanta.
1. On nine batted balls Tuesday, the Braves averaged a 100.6 MPH exit velocity against Archer’s four-seamer.
2. The Pirates have lost the last two games, despite Marte driving in a run in both contests. They are now 14-3 in games where he picks up an RBI.
3. The Pirates have allowed five home runs in a game three times this month (June 1, June 10 and Tuesday). According to Baseball-Reference’s Play Index, this is the first time they ever allowed 5+ home runs in a game three times in a season.