By MIKE FITZPATRICK AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) _ Kevin Correia became the first eight-game winner
in the majors and the pesky Pittsburgh Pirates scratched out five
infield singles in a five-run seventh inning to beat the New York
Mets 9-3 on Wednesday night.
Andrew McCutchen made a dazzling catch in deep right-center and
Correia (8-4) pitched six poised innings to help the Pirates
improve to 17-14 on the road _ matching last season’s win total.
Pittsburgh was a major league-worst 17-64 away from home last
year, but this season has brought quite a turnaround under new
manager Clint Hurdle. Pitching is the prime reason, and Correia is
a big part of that.
The 30-year-old right-hander, signed to an $8 million, two-year
contract in December after spending the past two seasons with San
Diego, is 7-1 with a 2.42 ERA in eight starts on the road.
Pittsburgh starters have gone 13 consecutive games without
allowing more than two earned runs. The Pirates said that’s the
longest streak in the majors this season and the club’s longest
since 1984, citing research by the Elias Sports Bureau.
Xavier Paul stroked a pair of RBI singles after entering as a
pinch-hitter in the seventh. McCutchen had three hits, legging out
two infield singles, after going 0 for 7 with five strikeouts in
the first two games of the series.
Chris Capuano (3-6) was a hard-luck loser after carrying a
three-hit shutout into the seventh.
The Pirates are 4-2 on their seven-game trip and have won six of
their last eight away from home. They have won seven of 10 road
series and can take another one with a victory Thursday afternoon,
when All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes is expected back in the New York
Reyes has been on the bereavement list the last three days
following his grandmother’s death.
Pittsburgh won its second game in a row at Citi Field after
losing its first eight. Since 2005, the Mets are 18-7 against the
Pirates at home.
Ruben Tejada fisted a two-run single that put New York ahead 2-0
in the fourth and Justin Turner homered in the eighth to cut it to
9-3, snapping a long power outage for the Mets.
Minus injured boppers David Wright and Ike Davis, they had gone
10 games without a home run for the first time since a club-record
drought of 17 games in 1980.
Daniel Murphy hit the team’s previous homer on May 20 at Yankee
Stadium. Jason Pridie was the last Mets player to connect at Citi
Field, on May 6 against the Los Angeles Dodgers _ also a stretch of
McCutchen made a sensational catch that saved a run in the first
inning, robbing Jason Bay of extra bases and showing off the
defensive prowess that Hurdle talked about before the game.
With a runner on third and two outs, the speedy McCutchen raced
deep into the right-center gap and went sliding across the warning
track to snare Bay’s long drive.
McCutchen hit the fence legs first and held up his glove to show
he had the ball. The video-board replay drew gasps from the crowd
NOTES: Hurdle said 3B Pedro Alvarez, on the DL with a right
quadriceps strain, got seven at-bats in extended spring training
Tuesday and hit a home run. … Pirates LF Jose Tabata had a bloody
nose during batting practice but remained in the leadoff spot. …
Pittsburgh won four road series last season and three in 2009. …
SS Ronny Cedeno has gone 39 games without an error. … Pittsburgh
is 23-5 when scoring at least four runs. … Paul also made a
sprawling catch in the eighth. … Murphy had his fourth straight
multihit game, a career best. … Wright is scheduled to be
re-examined and have X-rays on Friday. He has been on the DL since
May 16 with a stress fracture in his lower back.
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