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Pirates 7, Rangers 5

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PITTSBURGH -- Jose Bautista and the Pittsburgh offense provided the pop in a meeting between two of baseball's worst teams, and two starting pitchers who had combined for one victory since April 13.

Bautista homered and had three hits, Xavier Nady and Adam LaRoche each homered, and the Pirates beat the Texas Rangers 7-5 on Tuesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

Zach Duke (3-6) won for only the second time since April 8, and the Pirates won their first interleague game of the season after getting swept by the New York Yankees last weekend.

"I feel like I'm definitely turning the corner to being back to where I need to be," said Duke, who allowed two runs on eight hits in six innings. "The percentage of pitches I would call good pitches is getting much higher."

The Rangers managed plenty of baserunners against Duke, who entered the game having allowed more hits (104) than anyone in the majors. But poor baserunning and solid defense kept Texas off the scoreboard.

The Rangers grounded into double plays in four of the first five innings and had a runner picked off in the fourth. That meant Duke -- who had won only once since April 8 -- faced the minimum number of batters through four innings.

"You know going in he's not out there to strike out 10, 15 guys," Pirates manager Jim Tracy said. "When he gets it in play for you, you have to make plays for him. And the plays made tonight, those are plays that you expect a good defensive team to make."

Bautista led off the bottom of the first with a shot down the left field line just inside the foul pole. It was his fifth homer of the season and second career leadoff homer.

Pittsburgh added two more runs in the first when LaRoche's double drove in Jason Bay and Nady lined an RBI single to center.

Nady led off the fourth with his 11th homer of the season, driving the first pitch well over the wall in the deepest part of the park in left-center. Later that inning, Duke reached on a throwing error by Michael Young and Bautista's double to right made it 3-0.

LaRoche's eighth homer led off the fifth, and one batter later, Kevin Millwood (2-6) was lifted. He allowed six runs -- five earned -- on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings, walking two and striking out one.

"I haven't seen anything close to this (streak)," said Millwood, who is 0-5 in seven starts since April 13. "It's pretty frustrating right now.

"I thought I was close, but nothing's changing. So what do you do? You just try to keep working and hopefully it'll get better."

Texas closed within 7-5 in the ninth on an RBI double from Brad Wilkerson and a base hit by pinch-hitter Adam Melhuse. But Matt Capps got Ramon Vazquez to line into a double play and struck out pinch-hitter Kenny Lofton for his third save in four chances.

Texas broke through in the sixth on back-to-back RBI doubles by Young and Sammy Sosa.

Sosa drove in Marlon Byrd in the eighth with a single to right, but Gerald Laird struck out against reliever Jonah Bayliss to end the rally.

"It was nice to get off to a good start here," LaRoche said. "Obviously it's great to be back home and get out of New York. Hopefully we can all forget about that real soon."

Notes

Bay snapped an 0-for-12 stretch with a first-inning single. ... Sosa, who has 598 career home runs, flied out to the warning track in right in his first at bat. ... Bautista's other leadoff homer was June 15, 2006 against Mark Mulder of the St. Louis Cardinals. ... Byrd has a 10-game hitting streak after singling to left in the sixth.

 
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J. Bautista
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R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
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S. Sosa
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R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Texas Rangers
Jerry Hairston Jr., CF4020010 .250
   a- Kenny Lofton, PH1000010 .267
Marlon Byrd, LF3210002 .403
Michael Young, SS4111010 .283
Sammy Sosa, RF3022100 .248
Gerald Laird, C4020013 .245
Ian Kinsler, 2B4120001 .235
Brad Wilkerson, 1B3111113 .240
Travis Metcalf, 3B2000002 .000
    Scott Feldman, P0000000 .000
   b- Victor Diaz, PH1000000 .273
    Wes Littleton, P0000000 .000
   c- Adam Melhuse, PH1011000 .250
Kevin Millwood, P1000010 .000
    Ramon Vazquez, 3B3000010 .273
Totals34512527  
a-struck out for Hairston in the 9th
b-flied out for Feldman in the 7th
c-singled for Littleton in the 9th
Batting
2B - Michael Young (21, Duke), Sammy Sosa (15, Duke), Ian Kinsler (10, Bayliss), Brad Wilkerson (5, Grabow)
RBI - Michael Young (37), Sammy Sosa 2 (46), Brad Wilkerson (21), Adam Melhuse (3)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Young (14), Sammy Sosa 2 (18)
CS - Jerry Hairston Jr. (1, 2nd base by Duke/Paulino)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Michael Young (9, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
Kevin Millwood (L,2-6) 4.1865213 7.82
Scott Feldman 1.2211120 6.66
Wes Littleton 2000230 4.15
HBP - F. Sanchez (by Kevin Millwood)
WP - Scott Feldman (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Millwood 83-52, Scott Feldman 27-15, Wes Littleton 34-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Millwood 8-4, Scott Feldman 3-0, Wes Littleton 1-2
Batters Faced - Kevin Millwood 24, Scott Feldman 8, Wes Littleton 8
Pittsburgh Pirates
Jose Bautista, 3B5232010 .271
Chris Duffy, CF3000201 .238
Freddy Sanchez, 2B3010101 .297
Jason Bay, LF4110105 .285
Adam LaRoche, 1B4222002 .216
Xavier Nady, RF3122100 .288
    Nate McLouth, PR-RF0000000 .234
Jose Castillo, SS4010022 .257
Ronny Paulino, C4000022 .219
Zach Duke, P3100011 .179
    Damaso Marte, P1000001 .000
    Jonah Bayliss, P0000000 .000
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
    Matt Capps, P00000001.000
Totals34710656  
Batting
2B - Jose Bautista 2 (19, Millwood, Feldman), Adam LaRoche (14, Millwood), Jose Castillo (4, Feldman)
HR - Jose Bautista (5, Millwood), Adam LaRoche (8, Millwood), Xavier Nady (11, Millwood)
RBI - Jose Bautista 2 (16), Adam LaRoche 2 (37), Xavier Nady 2 (38)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Bautista (6), Adam LaRoche (17), Xavier Nady (21)
SB - Jose Bautista (3, 3rd base off Millwood/Laird), Nate McLouth (4, 2nd base off Littleton/Laird)
CS - Chris Duffy (3, 2nd base by Millwood/Laird)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - LaRoche-Castillo, F. Sanchez-Castillo-LaRoche, Castillo-F. Sanchez-LaRoche, Duke-Paulino-LaRoche, LaRoche
E - Jose Bautista (7, Misplayed grounder)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Zach Duke (W,3-6) 6822230 5.54
Damaso Marte 1.2010020 1.23
Jonah Bayliss 0.1211010 7.36
John Grabow0111000 5.82
Matt Capps (S,3) 1100010 2.70
HBP - Byrd (by Damaso Marte)
Pitches-Strikes - Zach Duke 86-53, Damaso Marte 24-16, Jonah Bayliss 12-10, John Grabow 4-3, Matt Capps 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Duke 5-5, Damaso Marte 1-3
Batters Faced - Zach Duke 23, Damaso Marte 7, Jonah Bayliss 3, John Grabow 1, Matt Capps 3
Game Information
Attendance - 21158
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Randy Marsh