Freese 5 RBIs, single in 9th lifts Pirates over Mets 5-4

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates needed someone to lean on with three of their better hitters out of the lineup Friday. On cue, David Freese came through in a big way.

Freese drove in five runs, including an RBI single in the ninth inning that lifted the Pirates over the New York Mets 5-4. He homered in going 3 for 3 with two walks, helping the Pirates win for the 12th time in 14 games.

''It's wild,'' Freese said. ''We just have to step up. These are the dog days, I guess, and it's tough out there. Bodies are dragging a little bit. But we are in the hunt, that's what's cool. We just have to keep going.''

The Mets had won three in a row. They beat the Pirates 12-6 Thursday night behind Asdrubal Cabrera's homer and two doubles - Cabrera was traded to Philadelphia on Friday.

Josh Harrison led off the Pittsburgh ninth with an infield single against rookie reliever Tim Peterson (2-2). A single by Gregory Polanco put runners at the corner and Elias Diaz was intentionally walked to load the bases. Freese hit a drive over center fielder Brandon Nimmo for the win.

Pittsburgh was without outfielders Starling Marte and Corey Dickerson, who were out with a left hand contusion and left hamstring discomfort, respectively. First baseman Josh Bell played two innings before leaving with left side discomfort.

''We didn't have a lot of depth, truthfully,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ''That's one thing these guys have done all year long, is that they show up. Whoever is available plays and they depend upon one another.''

Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez (4-2) got the win after striking out two in a scoreless ninth.

After Freese gave the Pirates a 4-3 lead with a two-out, two-run single up the middle with the bases loaded in the fifth, the Mets loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth.

Reliever Edgar Santana struck out Kevin Plawecki and had a chance to get out of the inning when Jose Reyes sharply lined out to left fielder Jordan Luplow. Michael Conforto paused after charging from third, but Luplow's throw sailed to the backstop, allowing Conforto to continue and beat the tag at home, tying it at 4.

Mets reliever Seth Lugo gave up the go-ahead single to Freese in the fifth, after replacing starter Jason Vargas. In his first start since June 19, Vargas allowed three runs on three hits with three strikeouts and three walks in 4 1/3 innings.

''I thought (Vargas) did a good job,'' Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. ''To push him any further than we did, I thought would be tough. He started getting a little tired there at the end.''

Without getting the decision, Vargas was still pleased with his return.

''It's kind of hard to say what you anticipate, but I felt really solid out there,'' Vargas said. ''I felt like I was able to make some pitches. I made that one mistake to Freese that he really went out there and hammered, but I felt like I did a good job.''

That one mistake led to Freese's home run, which cut the Mets' 3-0 lead to 3-2 in the second. Conforto gave New York that lead with a three-run homer in the first.

Pirates starter Ivan Nova gave up three earned runs in five innings.

ROSTER MOVES

Mets: Cabrera was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for RHP Franklyn Kilome. New York signed OF Austin Jackson and designated OF Matt den Dekker for assignment.

Pirates: RHP Alex McRae was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis. RHP Michael Feliz was optioned to Indianapolis.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: Hurdle did not provide an update on Bell, Marte or Dickerson. He did not say whether Marte or Dickerson could have pinch-hit if the game went to extra innings.

UP NEXT

Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (5-5, 1.71 ERA) will look to win for the third time in four starts when he takes the mound against Pittsburgh on Saturday. He has allowed three earned runs combined during his past three starts, and has gone eight innings in each.

Pirates: RHP Trevor Williams (8-7, 4.11) hopes to build off of his last two starts when he faces the Mets on Saturday. After allowing five runs in five innings of a 17-5 loss to the Phillies on July 6, Williams hasn't allowed a run in his two starts since, including when he shut out the Cleveland Indians in six innings of a rain-shortened, 7-0 win on Monday.

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NYM43-58
300001000490
PIT54-51
0200200015102
  • W: F. Vazquez (4-2)L: T. Peterson (2-2)
  • HR: NYM - M. Conforto (14), PIT - D. Freese (7)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Rosario SS50000010.247.289.373.662-0.5
B. Nimmo CF41300110.258.386.488.8745.5
W. Flores 1B51200003.271.327.454.7814.0
M. Conforto LF32231111.230.353.403.75510.5
J. Bautista RF30100101.219.364.417.7812.0
J. McNeil 2B30000012.333.600.333.933-0.5
K. Plawecki C30100013.239.362.394.7561.5
J. Reyes 3B40000003.176.250.235.4850.0
J. Vargas P20000000.083.154.083.2370.0
S. Lugo P0000-000.091.167.091.000-
a- P. Evans PH10000002.200.200.200.4000.0
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J. Rhame P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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A. Swarzak P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- A. Jackson PH10000010.240.307.293.601-0.5
T. Peterson P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for Lugo in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Swarzak in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Luplow LF31000211.200.273.467.7392.5
J. Harrison 2B51100002.253.292.362.6542.0
G. Polanco RF51200010.239.335.495.8302.5
E. Diaz C31200200.292.338.459.7985.0
D. Freese 3B-1B31351200.288.356.459.81514.0
J. Bell 1B10000000.266.347.402.7490.0
A. Frazier CF20000003.248.327.379.7060.0
E. Santana P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- F. Cervelli PH10000001.237.371.448.8190.0
K. Crick P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
F. Vazquez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
S. Rodriguez CF-1B-CF30000110.167.286.326.6120.5
J. Mercer SS30100113.259.320.397.7171.5
I. Nova P20000010.025.025.025.050-0.5
C. Moran 3B20100011.265.333.392.7250.5
  • a-popped out for Santana in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Nimmo (14), W. Flores (17)
  • HR - M. Conforto (14)
  • SH - J. McNeil
  • RBI - M. Conforto 3 (39)
BATTING
  • HR - D. Freese (7)
  • RBI - D. Freese 5 (32)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Freese 2 (13)
FIELDING
  • DP - (McNeil-Flores)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - J. Luplow (2)
  • DP - (Harrison-Mercer-Bell)
  • E - J. Luplow, E. Santana
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Vargas4.13333318.361.794.5
S. Lugo0.22111002.931.18-4.0
T. Bashlor2.01003103.271.452.5
J. Rhame0.11000005.631.38-1.0
J. Blevins0.10000104.741.500.5
A. Swarzak0.10000106.631.790.5
T. Peterson (L, 2-2)0.03111005.591.24-10.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
I. Nova5.06433114.331.293.5
E. Santana (BS, 4)2.01000203.091.016.0
K. Crick1.01000102.081.182.5
F. Vazquez (W, 4-2)1.01000203.091.2810.0
PITCHERSIP
I. Nova5.0
E. Santana (BS, 4)2.0
K. Crick1.0
F. Vazquez (W, 4-2)1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - T. Peterson (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Vargas 84-48, S. Lugo 28-17, T. Bashlor 29-16, J. Rhame 11-6, J. Blevins 6-3, A. Swarzak 7-4, T. Peterson 6-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Vargas 5-5, S. Lugo 1-1, T. Bashlor 2-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Vargas 19, S. Lugo 5, T. Bashlor 9, J. Rhame 2, J. Blevins, A. Swarzak, T. Peterson 4
PITCHING
  • HBP - K. Crick
  • Pitches-Strikes - I. Nova 86-54, E. Santana 20-13, K. Crick 12-9, F. Vazquez 19-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Nova 7-6, E. Santana 3-1, K. Crick 1-1
  • Batters Faced - I. Nova 23, E. Santana 7, K. Crick 5, F. Vazquez 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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NYM43-58
300001000490
PIT54-51
0200200015102
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Rosario SS50000010.247.289.373.662-0.5
B. Nimmo CF41300110.258.386.488.8745.5
W. Flores 1B51200003.271.327.454.7814.0
M. Conforto LF32231111.230.353.403.75510.5
J. Bautista RF30100101.219.364.417.7812.0
J. McNeil 2B30000012.333.600.333.933-0.5
K. Plawecki C30100013.239.362.394.7561.5
J. Reyes 3B40000003.176.250.235.4850.0
J. Vargas P20000000.083.154.083.2370.0
S. Lugo P0000-000.091.167.091.000-
a- P. Evans PH10000002.200.200.200.4000.0
T. Bashlor P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Rhame P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Blevins P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Swarzak P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- A. Jackson PH10000010.240.307.293.601-0.5
T. Peterson P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Total3449313615-----
  • a-grounded out for Lugo in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Swarzak in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Luplow LF31000211.200.273.467.7392.5
J. Harrison 2B51100002.253.292.362.6542.0
G. Polanco RF51200010.239.335.495.8302.5
E. Diaz C31200200.292.338.459.7985.0
D. Freese 3B-1B31351200.288.356.459.81514.0
J. Bell 1B10000000.266.347.402.7490.0
A. Frazier CF20000003.248.327.379.7060.0
E. Santana P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- F. Cervelli PH10000001.237.371.448.8190.0
K. Crick P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
F. Vazquez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
S. Rodriguez CF-1B-CF30000110.167.286.326.6120.5
J. Mercer SS30100113.259.320.397.7171.5
I. Nova P20000010.025.025.025.050-0.5
C. Moran 3B20100011.265.333.392.7250.5
Total33510518611-----
  • a-popped out for Santana in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Nimmo (14), W. Flores (17)
  • HR - M. Conforto (14)
  • SH - J. McNeil
  • RBI - M. Conforto 3 (39)
BATTING
  • HR - D. Freese (7)
  • RBI - D. Freese 5 (32)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Freese 2 (13)
FIELDING
  • DP - (McNeil-Flores)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - J. Luplow (2)
  • DP - (Harrison-Mercer-Bell)
  • E - J. Luplow, E. Santana
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Vargas4.13333318.361.794.5
S. Lugo0.22111002.931.18-4.0
T. Bashlor2.01003103.271.452.5
J. Rhame0.11000005.631.38-1.0
J. Blevins0.10000104.741.500.5
A. Swarzak0.10000106.631.790.5
T. Peterson (L, 2-2)0.03111005.591.24-10.0
Total8.01055861---
PITCHERSIP
J. Vargas4.1
S. Lugo0.2
T. Bashlor2.0
J. Rhame0.1
J. Blevins0.1
A. Swarzak0.1
T. Peterson (L, 2-2)0.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
I. Nova5.06433114.331.293.5
E. Santana (BS, 4)2.01000203.091.016.0
K. Crick1.01000102.081.182.5
F. Vazquez (W, 4-2)1.01000203.091.2810.0
Total9.0943361---
PITCHERSIP
I. Nova5.0
E. Santana (BS, 4)2.0
K. Crick1.0
F. Vazquez (W, 4-2)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - T. Peterson (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Vargas 84-48, S. Lugo 28-17, T. Bashlor 29-16, J. Rhame 11-6, J. Blevins 6-3, A. Swarzak 7-4, T. Peterson 6-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Vargas 5-5, S. Lugo 1-1, T. Bashlor 2-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Vargas 19, S. Lugo 5, T. Bashlor 9, J. Rhame 2, J. Blevins, A. Swarzak, T. Peterson 4
PITCHING
  • HBP - K. Crick
  • Pitches-Strikes - I. Nova 86-54, E. Santana 20-13, K. Crick 12-9, F. Vazquez 19-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Nova 7-6, E. Santana 3-1, K. Crick 1-1
  • Batters Faced - I. Nova 23, E. Santana 7, K. Crick 5, F. Vazquez 4
  • 9TH INNING
    Freese singled to deep center, Harrison scored, Polanco to third, Diaz to second45
  • 6TH INNING
    Reyes lined out to left, Conforto scored, Bautista to third, McNeil to second on left fielder Luplow fielding error44
  • 5TH INNING
    Freese singled to shallow center, Luplow and Polanco scored, Diaz to second34
  • 2ND INNING
    Freese homered to left center, Diaz scored32
  • 1ST INNING
    Conforto homered to right center, Nimmo and Flores scored30
  • 9TH INNING
    • Felipe Vazquez relieved Kyle Crick
    • Austin Jackson hit for Anthony Swarzak
    • A. Jackson: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Jackson struck out looking
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
    • B. Nimmo: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Nimmo singled to shallow left center
    • W. Flores: Foul, Flores flied out to center
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Tim Peterson pitching
    • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Harrison reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • G. Polanco: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Polanco singled to right, Harrison to third
    • E. Diaz: Diaz intentionally walked, Polanco to second
    • D. Freese: Freese singled to deep center, Harrison scored, Polanco to third, Diaz to second
  • 8TH INNING
    • Kyle Crick pitching
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Foul, Conforto singled to right
    • J. Bautista: Bautista flied out to left
    • J. McNeil: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, McNeil struck out swinging
    • K. Plawecki: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Plawecki hit by pitch, Conforto to second
    • J. Reyes: Reyes grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Jacob Rhame relieved Tyler Bashlor
    • S. Rodriguez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rodriguez popped out to second
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Mercer singled to center
    • Jerry Blevins relieved Jacob Rhame
    • C. Moran: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Moran struck out looking
    • Anthony Swarzak relieved Jerry Blevins
    • J. Luplow: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Luplow struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • E. Santana Pitching:
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Rosario grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Nimmo struck out looking
    • W. Flores: Ball, Ball, Ball, Flores singled to deep left, Flores out at second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Bashlor Pitching:
    • G. Polanco: Polanco flied out to left
    • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Foul, Diaz grounded out to third
    • D. Freese: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Freese walked
    • Francisco Cervelli hit for Edgar Santana
    • F. Cervelli: Cervelli popped out to second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Conforto walked
    • J. Bautista: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Bautista walked, Conforto to second
    • Edgar Santana pitching
    • Colin Moran at third base
    • J. McNeil: McNeil hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Conforto to third, Bautista to second on Santana fielding error
    • K. Plawecki: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Plawecki struck out swinging
    • J. Reyes: Foul, Ball, Foul, Reyes lined out to left, Conforto scored, Bautista to third, McNeil to second on left fielder Luplow fielding error
    • Phillip Evans hit for Seth Lugo
    • P. Evans: Evans grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • Tyler Bashlor pitching
    • S. Rodriguez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mercer walked
    • C. Moran: Moran singled to center, Mercer to third
    • J. Luplow: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Luplow walked, Moran to second
    • J. Harrison: Harrison grounded into double play second to first, Luplow out at second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • J. Vargas: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Vargas grounded out to third
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Nimmo: Nimmo singled to left
    • W. Flores: Flores flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • I. Nova: Ball, Strike looking, Nova grounded out to second
    • J. Luplow: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Luplow walked
    • Seth Lugo relieved Jason Vargas
    • J. Harrison: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Harrison flied out to right
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Polanco reached on an infield single to third, Luplow to second
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Diaz walked, Luplow to third, Polanco to second
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Freese singled to shallow center, Luplow and Polanco scored, Diaz to second
    • A. Frazier: Foul, Ball, Frazier grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • J. Bautista: Ball, Ball, Foul, Bautista grounded out to third
    • J. McNeil: Ball, McNeil grounded out to catcher
    • K. Plawecki: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Plawecki singled to right center
    • J. Reyes: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Reyes lined out to center
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Polanco grounded out to second
    • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Diaz singled to left
    • D. Freese: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Freese walked, Diaz to second
    • A. Frazier: Frazier flied out to deep center, Diaz to third
    • S. Rodriguez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rodriguez walked, Freese to second
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Foul, Mercer lined out to left
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • Adam Frazier in center field
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rosario grounded out to third
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Nimmo doubled to deep left
    • W. Flores: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Flores fouled out to first
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Conforto struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • I. Nova: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Nova struck out swinging
    • J. Luplow: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Luplow lined out to center
    • J. Harrison: Harrison grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • K. Plawecki: Plawecki popped out to third
    • J. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Reyes fouled out to third
    • J. Vargas: Strike looking, Ball, Vargas grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Foul, Ball, Diaz singled to center
    • D. Freese: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Freese homered to left center, Diaz scored
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bell grounded out to shortstop
    • S. Rodriguez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Rodriguez flied out to center
    • J. Mercer: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Mercer struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • A. Rosario: Strike swinging, Foul, Rosario flied out to deep left
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Nimmo walked
    • W. Flores: Strike looking, Flores doubled to deep right, Nimmo to third
    • M. Conforto: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Conforto homered to right center, Nimmo and Flores scored
    • J. Bautista: Foul, Foul, Ball, Bautista singled to left
    • J. McNeil: McNeil grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Bautista out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • J. Luplow: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Luplow grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Harrison: Foul, Ball, Ball, Harrison fouled out to left
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)