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Brubaker and the Pirates beat the Red Sox 8-2


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Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Bryan Reynolds (10) is greeted by Kevin Newman (27) after Reynolds’ two-run home run, next to Boston Red Sox wide receiver Reese McGuire in the fifth inning of a game baseball on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Philip G. Pavely)
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bryan Reynolds hit two home runs, JT Brubaker threw seven shutout innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates snapped a six-game losing streak, beating the Boston Red Sox 8-2 on Thursday night.

The Pirates avoided a three-game sweep and fired Boston to one game under .500 at 59-60. The Red Sox had won five of six to edge closer to Toronto for the third and final wildcard AL spot.

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Reynolds hit a pair of two-run homers. He connected in the first and his practice in the fifth was the 3,000th home run at PNC Park since it opened in 2001.

Reynolds and Kevin Newman each had three hits and scored three times.

Brubaker (3-10) allowed two hits, didn’t walk and struck out seven. He gave up a first single in the second to Alex Verdugo, who was caught stealing, and a single to Xander Bogaerts with one out in the seventh.

Reynolds gave Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead first with a Josh Winckowski (5-6) drive over the wall in right field. After Newman singled in the fifth, Reynolds hit his 20th homer to lead the team for a 6-0 lead.

It was the third multi-home run game of Reynolds’ major league career and second this season. He has four homers in his last four games.

Winckowski gave up each of Reynolds’ homers and a double that Ben Gamel sent off a leaping Tommy Pham into left field, scoring Newman and Reynolds with two outs in the third. He went five innings, allowing six runs on seven hits.

Pham got Boston on the board with a field single against Zach Thompson in the eighth before Bobby Dalbec scored on a sacrifice fly, cutting the deficit to 8-2. Manny Bañuelos took out Verdugo on a 3-2 curveball with the bases loaded to end the inning.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Red Sox: LHP James Paxton left two batters for his first rehab start in the Florida Gulf Coast League on Thursday. Paxton signed with Boston in December after undergoing elbow ligament replacement surgery from Tommy John in April 2021.

Pirates: C Tyler Heineman had an RBI single in the sixth, extending Pittsburgh’s lead to 8-0, in his first game since returning to the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday. He had been out with right groin discomfort since August 3.

NEXT

Red Sox: RHP Kutter Crawford (3-4, 4.18 ERA) kicks off Friday to start a three-game series in Baltimore. He’s allowed two or fewer runs in three of his last four starts.

Pirates: RHP Bryse Wilson (2-7, 5.93) will take to the mound Friday for the first of a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds. He’s allowed more than three earned runs once in seven starts since allowing seven in back-to-back outings on May 22 and June 14.



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