09/18 21:06 CDT Lewis hits fifth homer in nine days, Mariners top Bucs 4-1
Lewis hits fifth homer in nine days, Mariners top Bucs 4-1
By WES CROSBY
PITTSBURGH (AP) --- Kyle Lewis hit his fifth home run since debuting Sept. 10,
and the Seattle Mariners beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 Wednesday night for
their fourth straight win.
With Seattle leading 2-0 in the fourth inning, Lewis sent a sinker from Pirates
starter Dario Agrazal (4-5) 383 feet to right field for a solo home run. It
came after the 24-year-old rookie right fielder, who has homered in five of his
eight major league games, struck out four times Tuesday.
Agrazal allowed a second straight batter to go deep when Tom Murphy took him
420 feet to center field for his 18th home run and a 4-0 lead. The Pirates'
rookie right-hander allowed the four runs and six hits while striking out six
in five innings.
Tommy Milone (4-9) relieved Justin Dunn to start the third inning for Seattle
before allowing two hits and using just 51 pitches to get through five shutout
innings. Matt Magill allowed back-to-back singles to start the ninth before
retiring the next three batters for his fifth save.
The Pirates lost a fifth straight game since winning three of four from Sept.
9-12. They have been outscored 57-16 during the losing streak, including 10-1
in the first two games of this series.
Dylan Moore put the Mariners ahead 2-0 with a two-out, two-run double down the
left field line in the second inning.
Cole Tucker hit a pinch-hit triple for Pittsburgh before scoring on a groundout
from Kevin Newman, making it 4-1 in the eighth.
Mariners manager Scott Servais pegged Dunn to get through Pittsburgh's lineup
once. The rookie right-hander achieved that goal in two shutout innings, giving
up one hit and three walks with one strikeout before Milone entered. In his
major league debut, Dunn gave up two runs and five walks before being pulled
after two-thirds of an inning against Cincinnati on Sept. 12.
KEEP IT GOING
Newman extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a single over Mariners
shortstop J.P. Crawford in the third inning. He has hit safely in 20
consecutive starts dating back to Aug. 24.
Pirates: OF Bryan Reynolds returned to the lineup after sitting Tuesday. He
played centerfield in place of OF Starling Marte, who has missed the past nine
games because of a sprained left wrist. ... 1B Josh Bell was held out of a
fourth straight game with left groin discomfort.
Mariners: LHP Yusei Kikuchi (6-10, 5.46) will look to bounce back from being
pulled after 2 1/3 innings in his last start when he takes the mound against
Pittsburgh on Thursday. The rookie allowed five runs on 10 hits in a 9-7 loss
to the White Sox his last time out.
Pirates: RHP Joe Musgrove (10-12, 4.52) will go Thursday after pitching five
shutout innings against San Francisco his last start. He lasted just five
innings, but struck out seven in a 4-2 win on Sept. 12.
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