MARTE WALKOFF: Pirates 6, Braves 5 (10 innings)

The Pirates (3-2) never led all game, but came back from a deficit three times in this game with the last time being a two-run walkoff home run by Starling Marte in the bottom of the 10th inning to sweep the Atlanta Braves on Sunday afternoon.

Marte’s first home run of the year was his fourth hit of the day, improving his early season average to .381. Down 5-4, Adam Frazier led off the bottom of the 10th with a double over the center fielder’s head for his third hit of the game, setting up Marte’s game-winning blast.

It was another sloppy game with the Braves (1-5) handing the Pirates three unearned runs. Braves starter Julio Teheran was tough today with 7.0 innings of work, six hits, two runs (both unearned) and four strikeouts. He was lifted after just 87 pitches with a 4-2 lead and the Braves bullpen scuffled to blow the lead. The Pirates tied the game for a second time in the bottom of the 9th, but couldn’t seem to get that big hit until the next inning on Marte’s homer.

Gerrit Cole started for the Bucs and got by with a quality start, but gave up eight hits and three runs in 6.0 innings. He surrendered two home runs, one to uber prospect Dansby Swanson and another to Freddie Freeman. Freeman had a hell of a game with four hits and hit his second home run of the game off Antonio Bastardo in the 7th inning.

Trevor Williams made his ’17 debut out of the pen and pitched two impressive scoreless innings, including three strikeouts. Two of those strikeouts were back-to-back put outs of Swanson and Freeman.

Despite sweeping the Braves thanks to some shoddy defense all weekend, the Braves actually out-hit the Bucs 34-32. Giving up 11.3 hits a game is something the Bucs will have to work on if they plan on keeping this winning streak going.

The Pirates have won three straight since dropping the first two games of the season at Boston. They’ll welcome in the Cincinnati Reds Monday night for the start of a three-game series at PNC Park. Game one of that series will feature Reds lefty Brandon Finnegan against Tyler Glasnow, who’s making his 2017 debut after being awarded the fifth spot in the rotation out of spring.

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