Getting away from PNC Park did not slow the Pirates’ free fall Friday night, serving up four home runs on the way to a 6-3 loss to the Mets.
Leading 1-0 going into the bottom of the third, Agrazal’s troubles started when Starling Marte misplayed a fly ball in center, turning a potential out into a triple. After Agrazal hit his mound opponent Zack Wheeler, Jeff McNeil poked a 341 foot fly ball over the wall in right, giving the Mets a 3-1 edge.
Todd Frazier and Pete Alonso both crushed solo shots off Agrazal (2-1) as well. Those were all the base runners Agrazal allowed in 5.1 innings pitched. All of them scored. He struck out one.
Wheeler (7-6) also last 5.1 innings, surrendering three runs on six hits. He struck out seven and did not walk a batter.
Adam Frazier crushed a belt high two-seamer into the upper deck in the sixth to bring the Pirates back to within one.
But the Mets got those runs back in the sixth- one on Alonso’s homer against Agrazal, and the other coming off the bat of Wilson Ramos against Michael Feliz.
The Pirates brought the tying run to the plate in the eighth, but Josh Bell struck out and Bryan Reynolds grounded into an inning ending double-play.
Seth Lugo tossed a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his first save of the season.
Keone Kela and Chris Stratton each recorded a scoreless inning of relief.
Frazier went 2-4 with a two run homer and a double. Bell went 2-4 with a run scored.
Corey Dickerson was removed in the bottom of the third with left groin discomfort.
It’s Trevor Williams’ turn in the rotation Saturday. Steven Matz (5-6, 4.75) will go for the Mets, with first pitch coming at 7:10 p.m..
1. Frazier is slashing .387/.462/.600 in 78 PAs in July.
2. Pirate pitchers got only eight whiffs on 108 pitches Friday.
3. McNeil’s home run traveled 341 feet- tied for the second shortest home run against a Pirate pitcher this year. Musgrove allowed a 341 footer to Eduardo Escobar on Apr. 22, and Austin Riley took Kyle Crick 341 feet on June 4.