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Pirates fall, guarantee 18th straight losing season

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PITTSBURGH -- For a change, the hits kept falling for the New York Mets. For the Pittsburgh Pirates, nothing's changed -- it's another losing record, another bit of history.

David Wright and Jose Reyes each had three of the Mets' slump-ending 15 hits, Mike Pelfrey pitched eight innings and New York assured the Pirates of their record-extending 18th consecutive losing season, winning 7-2 on Friday night.

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Chris Carter homered and drove in two runs a night after the Mets managed three hits during a 3-2 loss in Houston. That performance led manager Jerry Manuel to call his offense "pathetic."

Against the Pirates, the Mets had four consecutive two-out hits in the first inning alone, starting with Carter's pop-fly single to left field.

"You get those two-out RBI, and it kind of flows through the lineup," Manuel said. "Hopefully we can continue to put together those kind of at-bats, those kind of games. We always had the faith we could do it."

If the Mets were pathetic coming in, think how Manuel would feel managing the Pirates. Their 82nd loss in 122 games extended the longest streak of consecutive losing seasons in major American pro sports history.

They'd never secured a losing season so early, either, accomplishing it on Aug. 20. Previously, the earliest they had done so during the streak was on Aug. 27, 2001.

"I don't like it - nobody likes the record," said manager John Russell, who also sprinkled in a few saltier words. "We still have a lot of work to do. ... We all expect something better every year. Nobody wants to lose this many games."

The Pirates, who fell behind 3-0 in the first and 5-1 in the third, are on pace to lose 109 games, only three off their modern-era record of 112 during a 154-game season in 1952. They've dropped 11 of 12, scoring more than two runs only twice in any of those defeats.

"We have our bright spots, but then some days we look like we don't belong on the field," losing pitcher Jeff Karstens said.

Pelfrey (12-7) gave up Ryan Doumit's solo homer in the second and Andrew McCutchen's RBI single an inning later, but otherwise had few problems with an offense that's performing even worse than New York's. Going into the game, the Mets had been held to three runs or fewer in 14 of 17 games.

Pelfrey stayed in the game despite a queasy stomach, which erupted shortly after he warmed up before the game and didn't calm down until the fifth inning.

"When you're not feeling good you lower your expectations and focus on executing pitches, which is what I did well," he said.

Pelfrey struck out five, walked two and gave up six hits and one earned run in his longest outing since pitching nine innings against San Diego on June 8.

Karstens (2-10) couldn't make it out of the fourth while becoming the fourth Pirates starter to reach double-digit losses, joining Zach Duke (5-12), Paul Maholm (7-12) and Ross Ohlendorf (1-10). He gave up seven runs and 11 hits in 3 1/3 innings, with Carter, Ike Davis and Josh Thole driving in runs during the first.

Carter, batting cleanup for only the third time all season, hit his third homer and first since June 13 at Baltimore to start the third. Thole later added his second run-scoring single.

"Jerry pulled me aside and said, 'I'm not putting you in the 4-hole because you're a slugger, but because you're a great hitter,"' Carter said. "That kind of helped me relax. And that's probably why I did hit a home run."

The Mets pushed it to 7-2 in the fourth. Reyes doubled and Angel Pagan and Carlos Beltran singled, with Pagan scoring when left fielder Jose Tabata threw wildly trying to get him at third.

Notes
  • The Mets must win once in the final two games for their first road series win in an NL city this season.
  • The Pirates have never been more than seven games above .500 during any point of their 18-season losing streak. During that span, the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers -- who play only 1/10th as many games per season -- have done that four times.
  • The Pirates have lost 60 of 82, the most losses they've had in a comparable span since 1953.
  • The Mets stole two bases, giving them a league-high 110.
  • Pittsburgh must finish 23-17 to dodge its first 100-loss season since 2001.
  • The Pirates renewed their two-year working agreement with short-season Class-A State College, Pa.
 
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There's no crying in baseball, unless your team has been perennial losers for 18 straight years. (AP)
There's no crying in baseball, unless your team has been perennial losers for 18 straight years. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

C. Carter
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
New York

M. Pelfrey
IP 8.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 2
K 5
 
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS5230000 .289
Angel Pagan, LF5120002 .295
Carlos Beltran, CF5011011 .225
Chris Carter, RF4222001 .275
    Jeff Francoeur, RF1000000 .231
David Wright, 3B5230001 .293
Ike Davis, 1B4021001 .243
Josh Thole, C4022001 .290
Ruben Tejada, 2B3000103 .177
Mike Pelfrey, P4000001 .111
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
Totals40715611  
Batting
2B - Jose Reyes (24, Karstens), Angel Pagan (23, Karstens)
HR - Chris Carter (3, Karstens)
RBI - Carlos Beltran (11), Chris Carter 2 (17), Ike Davis (56), Josh Thole 2 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Carter (3), Ike Davis (23), Josh Thole (3)
SB - Jose Reyes (27, 2nd base off Karstens/Snyder), David Wright (18, 2nd base off Karstens/Snyder)
CS - David Wright (9, 2nd base by Ledezma/Snyder)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Reyes-Tejada-Davis
E - David Wright (16, Throwing)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Pelfrey (W,12-7) 8621251 3.80
Bobby Parnell 1000010 3.24
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 119-80, Bobby Parnell 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 10-9, Bobby Parnell 2-0
Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 32, Bobby Parnell 3
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andrew McCutchen, CF3021100 .281
Jose Tabata, LF3000102 .296
Neil Walker, 2B4010002 .296
Pedro Alvarez, 3B4000034 .240
Ryan Doumit, RF4111012 .249
Jeff Clement, 1B4000000 .201
Chris Snyder, C4010000 .226
Ronny Cedeno, SS4110020 .245
Jeff Karstens, P0000000 .067
    Sean Gallagher, P1000002 .000
    Wil Ledezma, P0000000 .000
   a- Delwyn Young, PH1000000 .242
    Chris Resop, P0000000 .000
    Chan Ho Park, P0000000 .000
Totals3226226  
a-flied out for Ledezma in the 7th
Batting
2B - Neil Walker (19, Pelfrey), Ronny Cedeno (21, Pelfrey)
HR - Ryan Doumit (10, Pelfrey)
SH - Jeff Karstens (3)
RBI - Andrew McCutchen (37), Ryan Doumit (36)
SB - Andrew McCutchen (26, 2nd base off Pelfrey/Thole)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Alvarez-Walker-Clement
E - Jose Tabata (1, Throwing)
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Karstens (L,2-10) 3.11177011 4.98
Sean Gallagher 3200100 4.95
Wil Ledezma 0.2100000 8.10
Chris Resop 1100000 5.23
Chan Ho Park 1000000 6.10
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Karstens 70-46, Sean Gallagher 43-26, Wil Ledezma 13-8, Chris Resop 16-12, Chan Ho Park 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Karstens 4-4, Sean Gallagher 7-2, Wil Ledezma 1-0, Chris Resop 1-2, Chan Ho Park 2-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Karstens 20, Sean Gallagher 12, Wil Ledezma 2, Chris Resop 4, Chan Ho Park 3
Game Information
Attendance - 23695
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - D.J. Reyburn