Pirates win 6-5 with 4-run 9th, White Sox fall to 9-25

CHICAGO (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates are making a habit out of winning from behind. The Chicago White Sox are losing every which way.

Colin Moran hit a two-run homer that capped a four-run rally against Nate Jones in the ninth inning, leading the Pirates over Chicago 6-5 on Wednesday and sending the last-place White Sox to their ninth loss in 10 games.

Pittsburgh trailed 4-0 for the second straight night before rebounding for its 10th comeback victory.

''We've got each other's backs,'' Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer said. ''We created that chemistry in spring training. And we've got nothing to lose. Everybody picked us to be last and tank and not be good. So we just go out and have fun and play.''

Chicago took a 5-2 lead into the ninth behind Reynaldo Lopez, who allowed two runs and three hits in a career-high 7 1/3 innings.

Jace Fry struck out the final two batters of the eighth, but Jones (2-1) blew a save for the second time in three chances as the White Sox lost their fifth in a row and fell to 9-25. Chicago is off to its second-worst 34-game start behind an 8-26 opening in 1948.

The White Sox have the poorest home record in the major leagues at 3-15 - the worst 18-game home start in franchise history. Chicago has lost six consecutive home series for the first time since 1971.

''I couldn't have scripted it any better today,'' White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. ''We did exactly what we wanted to do, got to the back end of the game. We had the guy we wanted to close it out, and we didn't. That's it. We played a really good ballgame, I thought.''

Starling Marte and Josh Bell singled on consecutive pitches off Jones, Corey Dickerson grounded out and Elias Diaz cut the lead to one with a two-run double on an 0-2 pitch.

Moran took a ball and then drove a slider 416 feet to right-center.

''I got that one as good as I could,'' Moran said. ''It was in a good zone to hit, so I took a swing.''

Richard Rodriguez (1-1) won despite allowing consecutive doubles to Jose Rondon and Welington Castillo in the eighth. Felipe Vazquez pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save in seven chances.

Mercer and Gregory Polanco hit solo home runs in the sixth that cut Chicago's lead to 4-2. Mercer also threw out Jose Abreu at the plate from just outside the infield dirt trying to score from second on a single, ending the third.

Tim Anderson and Daniel Palka hit two-run homers for the White Sox.

Pittsburgh starter Trevor Williams allowed a season-high four runs and seven hits in five innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: RHP Joe Musgrove (right shoulder strain) is expected to make his next start for Triple-A Indianapolis. He pitched four scoreless innings for Double-A Altoona on Monday.

White Sox: 3B prospect Jake Burger has torn his left Achilles tendon again and will be sidelined for an additional year. Burger first tore the tendon Feb. 26 while running out a ground ball during an exhibition game against Oakland. White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said the 22-year-old re-injured the tendon last week while walking in his backyard and had surgery Tuesday. ... OF Nicky Delmonico (bruised right quadriceps) left in the fifth, two innings after colliding with Pirates 1B Josh Bell while rounding the base on a single. ... 2B Yoan Moncada (left hamstring tightness) took ground balls before the game. The team is optimistic that can be activated from the 10-day DL when eligible on May 15.

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP Jameson Taillon (2-3, 4.42) started Friday at San Francisco. He is 0-3 in his last five starts.

White Sox: RHP Carson Fulmer (2-2, 5.02 ERA) starts Friday at Wrigley Field.

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  • W: R. Rodriguez (1-1)L: N. Jones (2-1)S: F. Vazquez (7)
  • HR: PIT - J. Mercer (2), G. Polanco (7), C. Moran (3), CHW - T. Anderson (7), D. Palka (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Frazier LF30000000.242.292.323.6160.0
a- J. Osuna PH10000010.300.300.600.900-0.5
M. Moroff 2B00000000.208.240.375.6150.0
G. Polanco RF41211010.225.333.457.7916.5
S. Marte CF41100021.290.354.469.8231.0
J. Bell 1B21100210.250.335.368.7033.5
C. Dickerson DH40000005.323.361.534.8950.0
E. Diaz C41120000.372.413.535.9485.0
C. Moran 3B41121000.283.369.434.8037.0
S. Rodriguez 2B-LF40000030.145.266.309.575-1.5
J. Mercer SS41111010.238.278.369.6475.5
  • a-struck out for Frazier in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Garcia 2B-LF40000001.256.299.354.6530.0
T. Thompson LF10000000.118.151.314.4650.0
Y. Sanchez 3B50100010.302.338.452.7910.5
J. Abreu DH30100100.271.340.488.8293.0
N. Delmonico LF20100002.240.348.313.6611.0
J. Rondon 2B21100000.429.429.5711.0003.0
W. Castillo C41210000.250.302.488.7905.0
D. Palka RF32321100.282.300.615.91513.0
M. Davidson 1B30000134.252.372.551.923-0.5
T. Anderson SS41121024.254.297.462.7596.0
A. Engel CF40000021.163.236.213.448-1.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - E. Diaz
    • HR - G. Polanco (7), C. Moran (3), J. Mercer (2)
    • RBI - G. Polanco (20), E. Diaz 2 (8), C. Moran 2 (19), J. Mercer (11)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Abreu (7), J. Rondon, W. Castillo (4)
    • HR - D. Palka (3), T. Anderson (7)
    • RBI - W. Castillo (10), D. Palka 2 (10), T. Anderson 2 (11)
    • 2-Out RBI - T. Anderson 2 (7)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - D. Palka
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Rodriguez-Mercer-Bell)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Williams5.07442323.131.173.5
    S. Brault2.01000404.321.267.0
    R. Rodriguez (W, 1-1)1.02111101.461.146.5
    F. Vazquez (S, 7)1.00000003.001.2010.0
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Williams5.0
    S. Brault2.0
    R. Rodriguez (W, 1-1)1.0
    F. Vazquez (S, 7)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    R. Lopez7.13222622.441.1320.0
    J. Fry (H, 1)0.20000200.000.271.0
    N. Jones (L, 2-1) (BS, 2)1.04440114.401.40-9.5
    PITCHERSIP
    R. Lopez7.1
    J. Fry (H, 1)0.2
    N. Jones (L, 2-1) (BS, 2)1.0
    PITCHING
    • IBB - R. Rodriguez (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Williams 92-64, S. Brault 24-17, R. Rodriguez 20-13, F. Vazquez 14-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Williams 6-4, S. Brault 2-0, F. Vazquez 1-2
    • Batters Faced - T. Williams 22, S. Brault 7, R. Rodriguez 6, F. Vazquez 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - R. Lopez 100-63, J. Fry 10-7, N. Jones 17-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Lopez 4-12, N. Jones 2-0
    • Batters Faced - R. Lopez 27, J. Fry 2, N. Jones 7
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    PIT21-16
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Frazier LF30000000.242.292.323.6160.0
    a- J. Osuna PH10000010.300.300.600.900-0.5
    M. Moroff 2B00000000.208.240.375.6150.0
    G. Polanco RF41211010.225.333.457.7916.5
    S. Marte CF41100021.290.354.469.8231.0
    J. Bell 1B21100210.250.335.368.7033.5
    C. Dickerson DH40000005.323.361.534.8950.0
    E. Diaz C41120000.372.413.535.9485.0
    C. Moran 3B41121000.283.369.434.8037.0
    S. Rodriguez 2B-LF40000030.145.266.309.575-1.5
    J. Mercer SS41111010.238.278.369.6475.5
    Total346763296-----
    • a-struck out for Frazier in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    L. Garcia 2B-LF40000001.256.299.354.6530.0
    T. Thompson LF10000000.118.151.314.4650.0
    Y. Sanchez 3B50100010.302.338.452.7910.5
    J. Abreu DH30100100.271.340.488.8293.0
    N. Delmonico LF20100002.240.348.313.6611.0
    J. Rondon 2B21100000.429.429.5711.0003.0
    W. Castillo C41210000.250.302.488.7905.0
    D. Palka RF32321100.282.300.615.91513.0
    M. Davidson 1B30000134.252.372.551.923-0.5
    T. Anderson SS41121024.254.297.462.7596.0
    A. Engel CF40000021.163.236.213.448-1.0
    Total35510523812-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Diaz
      • HR - G. Polanco (7), C. Moran (3), J. Mercer (2)
      • RBI - G. Polanco (20), E. Diaz 2 (8), C. Moran 2 (19), J. Mercer (11)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Abreu (7), J. Rondon, W. Castillo (4)
      • HR - D. Palka (3), T. Anderson (7)
      • RBI - W. Castillo (10), D. Palka 2 (10), T. Anderson 2 (11)
      • 2-Out RBI - T. Anderson 2 (7)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - D. Palka
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Rodriguez-Mercer-Bell)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Williams5.07442323.131.173.5
      S. Brault2.01000404.321.267.0
      R. Rodriguez (W, 1-1)1.02111101.461.146.5
      F. Vazquez (S, 7)1.00000003.001.2010.0
      Total9.01055382---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Williams5.0
      S. Brault2.0
      R. Rodriguez (W, 1-1)1.0
      F. Vazquez (S, 7)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Lopez7.13222622.441.1320.0
      J. Fry (H, 1)0.20000200.000.271.0
      N. Jones (L, 2-1) (BS, 2)1.04440114.401.40-9.5
      Total9.0766293---
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Lopez7.1
      J. Fry (H, 1)0.2
      N. Jones (L, 2-1) (BS, 2)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - R. Rodriguez (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Williams 92-64, S. Brault 24-17, R. Rodriguez 20-13, F. Vazquez 14-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Williams 6-4, S. Brault 2-0, F. Vazquez 1-2
      • Batters Faced - T. Williams 22, S. Brault 7, R. Rodriguez 6, F. Vazquez 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Lopez 100-63, J. Fry 10-7, N. Jones 17-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Lopez 4-12, N. Jones 2-0
      • Batters Faced - R. Lopez 27, J. Fry 2, N. Jones 7
      • 9TH INNING
        Moran homered to right center, Diaz scored65
        Diaz doubled to deep right, Marte and Bell scored45
      • 8TH INNING
        Castillo doubled to deep right, Rondon scored25
      • 6TH INNING
        Polanco homered to right24
        Mercer homered to left14
      • 4TH INNING
        Palka homered to left center, Castillo scored04
      • 2ND INNING
        Anderson homered to left, Palka scored02
      • 9TH INNING
        • Nate Jones relieved Jace Fry
        • S. Marte: Ball, Marte singled to center
        • J. Bell: Bell singled to deep right center, Marte to third
        • C. Dickerson: Dickerson grounded out to third, Bell to second
        • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Diaz doubled to deep right, Marte and Bell scored
        • C. Moran: Ball, Moran homered to right center, Diaz scored
        • S. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Rodriguez struck out looking
        • J. Mercer: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Mercer grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Felipe Vazquez relieved Richard Rodriguez
        • A. Engel: Ball, Foul, Ball, Engel flied out to left
        • T. Thompson: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Thompson flied out to center
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Trayce Thompson in left
        • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Mercer struck out swinging
        • Jace Fry relieved Reynaldo Lopez
        • Jose Osuna hit for Adam Frazier
        • J. Osuna: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Osuna struck out looking
        • G. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Polanco struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Richard Rodriguez relieved Steven Brault
        • Max Moroff at second
        • J. Abreu: Ball, Ball, Abreu flied out to right
        • J. Rondon: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Rondon doubled to deep left
        • W. Castillo: Ball, Strike looking, Castillo doubled to deep right, Rondon scored
        • D. Palka: Palka intentionally walked
        • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Davidson struck out swinging
        • T. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Anderson flied out to center
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • R. Lopez Pitching:
        • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Diaz lined out to center
        • C. Moran: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Moran lined out to third
        • S. Rodriguez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Rodriguez struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Brault Pitching:
        • A. Engel: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Engel struck out swinging
        • L. Garcia: Garcia grounded bunt out to first
        • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Sanchez struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • R. Lopez Pitching:
        • J. Mercer: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mercer homered to left
        • A. Frazier: Ball, Frazier lined out to right
        • G. Polanco: Polanco homered to right
        • S. Marte: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
        • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bell walked
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Dickerson flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Steven Brault relieved Trevor Williams
        • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Ball, Castillo grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Palka: Ball, Foul, Palka singled to left
        • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Davidson struck out on foul tip, Palka stole second
        • T. Anderson: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • Jose Rondon at second
        • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Diaz lined out to center
        • C. Moran: Ball, Moran fouled out to third
        • S. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rodriguez grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Williams Pitching:
        • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez lined out to center
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Abreu lined out to third
        • J. Rondon: Strike looking, Ball, Rondon flied out to right
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • R. Lopez Pitching:
        • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Frazier lined out to center
        • G. Polanco: Ball, Foul, Ball, Polanco singled to right center
        • S. Marte: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Marte reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Polanco out at second
        • J. Bell: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bell walked, Marte to second
        • C. Dickerson: Dickerson popped out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Williams Pitching:
        • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Castillo singled to left
        • D. Palka: Palka homered to left center, Castillo scored
        • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Davidson walked
        • T. Anderson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
        • A. Engel: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Engel struck out swinging
        • L. Garcia: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Garcia grounded out to second
        • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • R. Lopez Pitching:
        • C. Moran: Ball, Foul, Moran grounded out to shortstop
        • S. Rodriguez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Rodriguez struck out on foul tip
        • J. Mercer: Mercer popped out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Williams Pitching:
        • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Garcia grounded out to second
        • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Sanchez grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Abreu doubled to shallow right
        • N. Delmonico: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Delmonico singled to shallow left center, Abreu out at home
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • R. Lopez Pitching:
        • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
        • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Dickerson grounded out to second
        • E. Diaz: Diaz lined out to center
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Williams Pitching:
        • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Castillo fouled out to first
        • D. Palka: Strike looking, Foul, Palka singled to right center
        • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Davidson struck out swinging
        • T. Anderson: Ball, Anderson homered to left, Palka scored
        • A. Engel: Foul, Engel grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • R. Lopez Pitching:
        • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Foul, Frazier popped out to shortstop
        • G. Polanco: Polanco popped out to shortstop
        • S. Marte: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Marte struck out looking
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Williams Pitching:
        • L. Garcia: Garcia grounded out to second
        • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Sanchez singled to left
        • J. Abreu: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Abreu walked, Sanchez to second
        • N. Delmonico: Strike looking, Ball, Delmonico grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Abreu out at second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)