Texas at Pittsburgh

W: I. Snell (6-4) L: R. Tejeda (5-7)
HR: TEX - None   PIT - None

Pirates 8, Rangers 1

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

PITTSBURGH -- Through 51 career starts, Ian Snell had never pitched a complete game, and was tired of hearing about it. Wednesday night, the Pirates' right-hander made sure he never had to again.

Snell finally went the distance, allowing an unearned run and seven hits in Pittsburgh's 8-1 win over the Texas Rangers.

"He had no interest whatsoever in coming out of the game," Pirates manager Jim Tracy said.

Jose Bautista had three hits and three RBI and Freddy Sanchez drove in two runs for Pittsburgh, which has won the first two games of the interleague series.

"I was tired of hearing people say you cant go more than seven innings, so here you go," Snell said.

The Pirates entered the series having lost nine of 12 but have beaten up on the Rangers, who have lost 15 of their last 20 at home.

Snell (6-4), who struck out seven, has allowed only three earned runs during his three starts in June. His ERA, eighth in the NL coming into the contest, dropped to 2.63.

"You can't say enough about the job our starting pitcher did tonight, as he has been doing since the start of the season," Tracy said. "He was absolutely terrific. When he's commanding three pitches like he was, the task at hand on the other side of the field is obviously very, very difficult."

Almost as difficult was the task Snell had in convincing Tracy and pitching coach Jim Colburn to let him go out for the ninth inning. The Pirates had lefty reliever John Grabow warming up during the bottom of the eighth, but he sat back down before that inning ended.

"We were having fun all night," Snell said. "I saw Grabow throwing and I was like, 'What is going on?' And I told Colby, 'Don't take me out. What is wrong with you?'

"So I thought they were taking me out, but then Tracy was like, 'Finish it.' So I finished it."

Kenny Lofton and Frank Catalanotto had two hits each for the Rangers.

The Pirates had at least two hits in each of their first five innings and took an 8-0 lead, scoring at least one run in all but the third. They put 16 runners on base through five, and every starter reached base. All but one had an RBI or scored a run.

"I think were all putting it together at the same time, and that definitely helps," Bautista said. "We're scoring runs in bunches and I think that's been translating into the two wins we've had the last two nights."

Sanchez's ground-rule double to center in the first scored Bautista, and Jason Bay followed with an RBI groundout to drive in Chris Duffy. Bautista had a two-out RBI single in the second to score Jose Castillo, and Sanchez hit a sacrifice fly to center to plate Snell in the fourth.

That was all for Rangers starter Robinson Tejeda (5-7), who gave up four runs -- three earned -- and seven hits with three walks in four innings.

"I just tried to stay in the game and I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to do in the game but it wasn't working like that," Tejeda said.

The Pirates added four more in the fifth against Joaquin Benoit to put the game away. Castillo doubled to score Xavier Nady, and Bautista tripled to drive in Castillo and Paulino. Duffy followed with an infield single to plate Bautista.

"It was just one of those nights for us," Duffy said. "We put together some good at-bats and got some good outcomes."

The Rangers scored in the sixth when Brad Wilkerson's line drive caromed off third baseman Bautista's glove into short left. The play was ruled an error, and Catalanotto scored from third.

That was all Texas would get against Snell, who has allowed two earned runs or less in five of his seven outings at PNC Park and improved to 5-2 at home.

"(Snell) pitched a great game, you have to give him credit for that," said Rangers shortstop Michael Young. "We didn't play a good game at all; there's no way around that. We could've done better in every facet of the game."


Coming into this series, Pittsburgh was 0-6 lifetime against the Rangers. ... The Pirates are now 8-0 against teams from the state of Texas. ... The Pirates won back-to-back games at home for the first time since May 17-18 and have clinched winning their second series of the season at PNC Park in 10 tries. ... The Rangers have been outscored 50-20 in the first inning this season and are 10-44 when the opponent scores first.

Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Players of the Game

J. Bautista
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0

I. Snell
IP 9.0
H 7
ER 0
BB 2
K 7

Related Video

April 21, 2017
Stock Down: Texas Rangers (0:49)
Texas Rangers
Kenny Lofton, CF4020000 .271
    Frank Francisco, P0000000 .000
Frank Catalanotto, LF3120101 .188
Michael Young, SS4010023 .283
Marlon Byrd, RF4000023 .379
Brad Wilkerson, 1B3010100 .243
Ian Kinsler, 2B4000003 .230
Adam Melhuse, C4010011 .250
Ramon Vazquez, 3B3000012 .261
Robinson Tejeda, P1000012 .000
   a- Travis Metcalf, PH1000000 .000
    Joaquin Benoit, P0000000 .000
   b- Victor Diaz, PH1000000 .269
    C.J. Wilson, P0000000 .000
    Jerry Hairston Jr., CF0000000 .250
a-flied out for Tejeda in the 5th
b-grounded out for Benoit in the 7th
Outfield Assists - Marlon Byrd 1
DP - Byrd-Wilkerson, Young-Wilkerson
E - Kenny Lofton (2, Misplayed grounder), Brad Wilkerson (2, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
Robinson Tejeda (L,5-7) 4743320 6.49
Joaquin Benoit 2444120 3.97
C.J. Wilson 1000110 2.32
Frank Francisco 1000000 3.65
Pitches-Strikes - Robinson Tejeda 83-52, Joaquin Benoit 46-28, C.J. Wilson 20-10, Frank Francisco 12-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Robinson Tejeda 6-5, Joaquin Benoit 2-1, C.J. Wilson 1-0, Frank Francisco 2-1
Batters Faced - Robinson Tejeda 23, Joaquin Benoit 10, C.J. Wilson 3, Frank Francisco 3
Pittsburgh Pirates
Jose Bautista, 3B4233100 .279
Chris Duffy, CF5121001 .242
Freddy Sanchez, 2B3012101 .297
Jason Bay, LF4011021 .285
Adam LaRoche, 1B4010004 .217
Xavier Nady, RF4110023 .287
    Nate McLouth, RF0000000 .234
Jose Castillo, SS3221102 .274
Ronny Paulino, C3100102 .216
Ian Snell, P1100110 .125
2B - Jose Bautista (20, Tejeda), Freddy Sanchez (12, Tejeda), Jose Castillo (5, Benoit)
3B - Jose Bautista (1, Benoit)
SF - Freddy Sanchez (5)
SH - Ian Snell 2 (9)
RBI - Jose Bautista 3 (19), Chris Duffy (22), Freddy Sanchez 2 (23), Jason Bay (46), Jose Castillo (9)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Bautista (7)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Snell-Castillo-LaRoche, J. Bautista-F. Sanchez-LaRoche, J. Bautista-F. Sanchez-LaRoche
E - Jose Bautista (8, Dropped line drive)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Ian Snell (W,6-4) 9710270 2.63
Pitches-Strikes - Ian Snell 105-69
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Snell 10-8
Batters Faced - Ian Snell 34
Game Information
Attendance - 16110
Game Time - 2:28
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Randy Marsh, Third Base - Bob Davidson