After getting knocked around by the Mets on Friday, the Pirates rebounded with a 6-2 win in game one of Saturday’s twin bill over the Mets.
Tyler Anderson ran into some trouble early in the game after Kevin Pillar drove in the game’s first run with a single to left field, but finished the frame on a strong note, striking out Jonathan Villar.
Both teams held each other in check throughout the second and third innings, however Pittsburgh’s bats came alive in the fourth after John Nogowski continued his hot streak at the plate by knocking a two-run double down the left field line, putting the Bucs up 2-1.
The Big Nogowski is at it again! pic.twitter.com/IEaUDp5dfK— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) July 10, 2021
After Villar tied the game with his ninth home run of the season in the fourth, Anderson made up for it at the plate with a big fly of his own - his first home run since his rookie year in 2016.
The Pirates continued to pile on runs in the sixth. After Ke’Bryan Hayes worked a lead-off walk, Bryan Reynolds took a Marcus Stroman changeup deep to right to extend the lead to 5-2.
May we interest you in a Bryan Reynolds home run? pic.twitter.com/i8fbFLzEI8— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) July 10, 2021
Hayes would top off the scoring with an RBI single in the top of the seventh, and Richard Rodriguez sealed the win with a perfect inning on the hill.
With the win, Anderson moves to 5-8 with a 4.35 ERA, and the Bucs improve to 33-55 ahead of game two.
Game two’s first pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. EST.