• by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Pirates' Mark Melancon endures meltdown in loss to Cardinals

    Pirates closer Mark Melancon (3-2) absorbed the loss Monday night, giving up three earned runs on three hits while striking out two in a 3-0 defeat to the Cardinals. Melancon endured a rough outing in a non-save situation, giving up a two-run homer to Mark Reynolds after a Gregory Polanco fielding error allowed the game's first run to score. The right-hander's ERA jumped to 2.29 with Monday's performance, but Melancon has been otherwise spotless this season -- leading the majors with 51 saves.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Pirates' Mark Melancon gives up a run but gets 51st save Friday

    Pirates closer Mark Melancon allowed one run on two hits, striking out three in his inning of work to record his 51st save of the 2015 season. He came on with a two-run lead, but allowed a double and a run-scoring triple before finishing off the 3-2 victory over the Cubs. Melancon has been money all season converting 51-of-53 save chances while compiling a tidy 1.95 ERA.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Pirates closer Mark Melancon notches 50th save Thursday

    Mark Melancon continued to lay claim to the distinction of being the finest closer in the game Thursday by nailing down his 50th save in 52 tries. He retired Colorado in order and fanned two in the ninth to complete a key victory for the Pirates. He is the second National League closer to reach 50 over the last 12 years. Pittsburgh clawed back from a 4-2 deficit entering the eighth inning to afford Melancon his second save opportunity of the series. Though he doesn't possess the swing-and-miss stuff of some of the league's other top-tier closers, Melancon's reliability with the game on the line has been unparalleled this season.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Pirates pitcher Mark Melancon earns save Tuesday

    Pirates pitcher Mark Melancon converted his 49th save with a scoreless ninth inning in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Rockies. It's the eighth scoreless outing in a row for Melancon, who has surrendered no hits and has a 8:1 K:BB ratio during that span. The right-hander has a 1.24 ERA and 0.83 WHIP since April 23.

  • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Pirates' Mark Melancon contains Cubs for 46th save in Game 1

    Pirates closer Mark Melancon struck out a pair in a perfect ninth inning to preserve the 5-4 win in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Cubs. Melancon needed 14 pitches to retire the side in order and collect his league-leading 46th save. Melancon has been a little off lately, allowing five runs in his last six appearances. But he still owns a highly respectable 2.00 ERA and is 46-for-48 in save chances this season.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Pirates closer Mark Melancon earns 45th save Friday

    The Pirates need super closer Mark Melancon to be on a super roll heading into the playoffs. And maybe he has emerged from a mini-slump he had fallen into in recent games. Melancon retired the Brewers in order Friday night, striking out two in the process for the first time since Aug. 19 and earning his 45th save. The right-hander allowed five runs on five hits in 1 2/3 innings in two appearances before blanking Cincinnati and Milwaukee in his last two.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Pirates closer Mark Melancon earns shaky 43rd save

    Pirates sizzling closer Mark Melancon was merely mortal Saturday against Colorado, but still nailed down his league-leading 43rd save. Melancon arrived with a 4-1 lead and promptly allowed a single and two-run homer to Nick Hundley. He then surrendered a single and needed a double-play lineout to finally end the drama. It marked the first time he has given up more than one run in an appearance since April 21.

  • by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer

    Pirates closer Mark Melancon notches league-best 42nd save

    Pirates closer Mark Melancon continued to dominate late in the game on Friday against the Rockies. Melancon closed out the ninth inning of his team's win without allowing a hit, earning his league-leading 42nd save of the season. He has a remarcable 1.45 ERA this year.

  • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Pirates RP Mark Melancon shuts the door for 41st save Thursday

    Pirates closer Mark Melancon did what he does best on Thursday, as he protected a 2-1 victory over the Marlins. Melancon worked around a hit in a scoreless ninth inning, picking up his MLB-leading 41st save.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Pirates closer Mark Melancon subdues Marlins in three pitches

    Three pitches, three outs. Such was the tidy mound work of Pirates closer Mark Melancon in Miami on Monday night. Melancon arrived with two on and none out in the ninth. He induced two groundouts, including one double play, to notch his league-leading 40th save. He's on pace for 52 this season.