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Pirates Rally Past White Sox

Pinch-runner Jason Martin scored the winning run on catcher Yasmani Grandal's error in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied for a 5-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.

 

With the score tied at 4-4, the Pirates loaded the bases with none out as Gregory Polanco and Josh Bell singled and Ke'Bryan Hayes walked.

 

Kevin Newman then laid down a bunt. Pitcher Jimmy Cordero fielded the ball and shoveled it to Grandal in attempt to get a force out at home plate, but Grandal dropped the toss and Martin, who ran for Polanco, scored.

 

Newman started the game-tying rally in the eighth inning with a double as the Pirates scored twice. After Jacob Stallings followed with another double to drive in Newman, Erik Gonzalez flared an RBI single into left field to make it 4-4.

 

Richard Rodriguez (2-2) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win. Ross Detwiler (1-1) took the loss, as he was charged with an unearned run in 1/3 inning.

 

Grandal hit a two-run home run and Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 21 games for the White Sox.

 

Grandal's blast capped a three-run fifth inning that broke a scoreless tie and included an RBI single by Yoan Moncada. Abreu kept his streak going in the eighth when he singled.

 

Abreu then scored from first base when Polanco, the right fielder, bobbled Eloy Jimenez's double for an error. That put the White Sox ahead 4-2, but they did not hold that lead for long.

 

White Sox starter Dylan Cease faced the minimum 12 batters through the first four innings before faltering with two outs in the fifth. Josh Bell doubled and scored on Ke'Bryan Hayes' triple and Newman's RBI infield single moved Pittsburgh within 3-2.

 

After allowing a leadoff single in the sixth inning, Cease was lifted after allowing two runs and five hits with two strikeouts and no walks.

 

Making his second straight since being sidelined nearly a month by a strained right triceps, Pittsburgh's Joe Musgrove pitched four scoreless innings. He allowed three hits while striking out five and walking two.

 

Dane Dunning (0-0, 3.86 ERA) will make his fourth career start Wednesday night in the finale of the two-game series.

 

JT Brubaker (1-0, 3.96 ERA), also a rookie, is coming off his first career win Sept. 3 against the Chicago Cubs.

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