Pirates 9, Indians 6

0

CLEVELAND (AP) – Jason Bay homered twice and drove in four runs to help the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cleveland Indians 9-6 Saturday night.

The Pirates hit four home runs and won for only the second time in their last 14 interleague games. They improved to 4-18 on the road this season. Cleveland had a four-game winning streak snapped and lost for only the second time in its last 14 games against a National League team.

Bay hit a three-run homer in the third off Jason Johnson (2-4) to give Pittsburgh a 5-2 lead. He hit a solo drive in the ninth against Guillermo Mota, his ninth of the season. It was his first multihomer game of the season and seventh of his career.

Nate McLouth also led off the game with his third homer and Jose Castillo added a two-run drive in the fourth for Pittsburgh. It was the first time McLouth has started the game with a drive.

McLouth drew a walk after Castillo’s homer, then stole second and third and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jack Wilson to put Pittsburgh ahead 8-2.

Ian Snell (3-3) gave up two earned runs over five innings, bouncing back from his worst start of the season when he gave up seven runs in just 1 1-3 innings against Florida on Sunday. The right-hander allowed four hits, walked five and struck out four in his first career road win.

Mike Gonzalez struck out the side in the ninth for his sixth save.

With the Indians trailing 2-0, Ben Broussard opened Cleveland’s second with an opposite-field double to left and scored on Ronnie Belliard’s single to center. After Todd Hollandsworth walked, Lou Merloni bunted both runners over and Belliard scored on a groundout by Grady Sizemore to tie it.

Merloni drove in a run with a groundout in the fourth to get Cleveland within 8-3. Sizemore followed with a two-run homer, his eighth of the season and third in three games.

Casey Blake doubled and scored on a single by Victor Martinez in the seventh as Cleveland moved within 8-6.

Johnson gave up eight runs and 10 hits with two walks over 3 2-3 innings. The right-hander, signed as a free agent in December, opened the season 2-0 with a 1.83 ERA in three starts through April 18, but is 0-4 with a 9.73 ERA in six outings since.

Notes: Indians RHP Fausto Carmona gave up three hits over 3 2-3 scoreless innings in his first career relief appearance. … Merloni started at third for Cleveland as Aaron Boone sat out with a stiff back. … Johnson has allowed 56 hits in his last 28 2-3 innings. … Fans received a dual figurine of Hall of Famers Larry Doby and Satchel Paige, both of whom were signed by Cleveland after playing in the Negro Leagues.

AP-ES-05-20-06 2222EDT

Advertisement