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Bucs bring home a 5-1 win in front of the Fam-a-lee

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Philadelphia Phillies v Pittsburgh Pirates Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

On a night when the members of the 1979 World Series champion Pirates were reunited, the 2019 team beat up on the Philadelphia Phillies by a 5-1 score, behind the arm and bat of pitcher Joe Musgrove.

With one out in the bottom of the third Musgrove got the Pirates’ first hit off Phillies’ starter Zach Eflin when he lined a double to the wall down the left field line. After Adam Frazier flied to left for the second out, Bryan Reynolds lined a single in front of right fielder Bryce Harper who’s throw home was just a bit late in an effort to nab Musgrove on his head first slide into home with the first run of the game. With Reynolds at second after the throw home, Starling Marte ripped a double to left and Josh Bell dropped a single to center to put the Pirates up 3-0.

Having only allowed one hit through four innings, Musgrove opened the fifth by walking Brad Miller then first baseman Josh Bell misplayed Cesar Hernandez’ ground ball for an error, putting runners at second and third with nobody out. Adam Haseley’s ground out moved the runners up, plating a run to cut the lead to 3-1, but suddenly the skies opened up and the tarp was on the infield.

Just 28 minutes later play resumed and Musgrove returned to the mound with the tying runner at the plate. He got pinch-hitter Nick Williams swinging at a ball in the dirt for the second out, then after running the count full Scott Kingery swung through a fastball right down the middle to end the inning.

Musgrove finished the night with a quick six, with only a leadoff single. On the night he allows just two hits and two walks in eight innings while fanning eight.

The Pirates added single runs in both the sixth and seventh, and Felipe Vasquez threw a 1-2-3 ninth with two strikeouts, ending the game having Bryce Harper wave at an 87 mph slider coming right after he foul tipped a 100 mph center-center heater.

The win is just their second in seven games since the All-Star break, putting them five games below .500 at 46-51, 7 12 games behind the first place Cubs as only eleven days remain before the trading deadline.

The Pirates will attempt to grab a series win as the two teams meet for their third game on Sunday afternoon at 1:35 p.m. Eastern. Neither team has named a starting pitcher.