Marte Hits 3-Run HR In 7th, Pirates Defeat Mets 8-4

Pirates Bat Around In 4th, Score 5 Runs To Rally After Falling Behind 3-0 Early

Matt Harkins
August 02, 2019 - 11:24 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - The Pittsburgh Pirates open up this homestand with an 8-4 vcitory Friday night against the New York Mets at PNC Park.

The Pirates fell behind 3-0 after 3 innings, but the bats came to life as they bat around in the 4th inning, put up 5 runs and it all began with a lead-off walk to Bryan Reynolds.

"He (Matz) looked very sharp early, just like he did at their place," said Pirates Bench Coach Tom Prince. "In the 4th inning, you get that walk and everything snowballed after that off him."

After the Mets inched closer with a run in the 7th inning, the Pirates answered right back in the bottom half of the 7th with a 3-run home run from Starling Marte.

"He's (Marte) shown up everyday, defensively, offensively, I get a chance to speak to him after every game to see if he's good to play, he doesn't turn us down," said Prince. "He's ready to go, Clint always takes care of him and he says time to go ask him and I go in there and ask him. He's the same everyday this year, it's been really fun to watch him."

After battling through the 1st inning, Pirates Starting Pitcher Trevor Williams rebounded and only gave up one run over the next 5 innings and left the game with the lead.

"It's always tough going back to back starts against teams'," said Williams. "It's 5 days in between for them, but it always seems like you hate preparing for the same guys back to back starts. You really treat it as, McNeil's first at bat against me tonight was really his fourth at bat against me in a game. We came out with an attack plan the first few innings, they did as well, unfortunately for us they came out on the winning side of that, but we had to adjust in game. Thankfully I stuck with D(iaz) and it was good to go to plan B and execute plan B.

The final line for Williams Friday night at PNC Park was 6 innings pitched and gave up 6 hits, 3 runs, 3 walks and struck out 2 on 95 pitches (61 strikes.)

The Pirates take on the Mets in Game 2 of the series Saturday night at PNC Park when they send Chris Archer (3-8, 5.58 ERA) to the mound against Marcus Stroman (6-11, 2.96 ERA) and the Mets at PNC Park at 7:05 pm.

Listen to Pirates Shortstop Kevin Newman's postgame conversation with the media below:

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