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Pirates earn split with 9-4 pasting of Braves

Ivan Nova pitched into the ninth inning, Adam Frazier hit a three-run homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates pounded Bartolo Colon for a 9-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday.

Catcher Francisco Cervelli added four hits for the Pirates, who won for the eighth time in their past 12 games. Nova picked up his fifth win on the season.

The Pirates offense exploded during the second inning, recording 5 runs off Braves starter Bartolo Colon, all with two outs. Jordy Mercer started off the scoring when he hit a single that drove in Cervelli to give the Bucs the lead. The next at-bat, Gift Ngoepe brought in Jose Osuna with another single. Adam Frazier caped off the inning by hitting a 3-run homerun to make it 5-0 Pirates.

The top of the fifth the Pirates added to their lead. Mercer delivered a two-run double that scored both Cervelli and Osuna to give them a 7-0 lead.

The Braves tried to slowly cut into the Pirates lead to try and get back into the game. In the bottom of the seventh, Atlanta finally got on the board when Rio Ruiz hit a single that scored Matt Adams to end Nova’s shutout. The next inning, Danny Santana scored on a groundout from Dansby Swanson to make it 7-2 Pirates.

Pittsburgh added some insurance to their lead when Cervelli hit a ninth-inning single that scored both Josh Harrison and Josh Bell. In the bottom of half of the inning, the Braves were able to chase Nova from the game. Brandon Phillips hit a single that scored Kurt Suzuki and Nova was done for the day. Ender Inciarte added a meaningless run to make the final score 9-4 Pirates.

Cervelli added a four-hit day along with Harrison’s three, part of the Bucs 13 hit day.


The Pirates will look to continue their offensive breakout and momentum when they return home to Pittsburgh on Friday when they start their four game series against the New York Mets at 7:05 p.m.

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