PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pinch-hitter Wilmer Difo delivered the go-ahead single in the seventh inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat Kansas City 2-1 on Tuesday night to end the Royals’ five-game. Pittsburgh (12-11) has won three and 11 out of 16 since a 1-6 start, moving back above .500 for the first time since it was 1-0 in the opening week.
Kansas City has lost seven straight games in Pittsburgh since 2009. The Royals arrived from Detroit following their first four-game roadsince 1999. Jacob Stallings singled off Jakob Junis (1-1), leading off the seventh, and took third on Kevin Newman’s one-out single with a hit-and-run on.
Difo, a switch-hitter, batted for pitcher Duane Underwood Jr., and right-hander Scott Barlow relieved. Difo looped a single that dropped in front of a sliding Michael A. Taylor in the center, just 227 feet from home plate. Underwood (1-0) won in hisleague decision, his first since August 17 for the Chicago Cubs against St. Louis. Pirates starter Tyler Anderson while striking out five and walking two.
Junis gave up two runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings with nine strikeouts and one walk.
Underwood, Sam Howard, and Richard Rodríguez combined for three innings of scoreless, one-hit relief. Rodríguez retired the side in order on nine pitches for his fourth save in as many opportunities.
not in effect in an NL ballpark. RHP Jake Newberry was optioned to the alternate site. … RHP Mike Shawayrn, who pitched in 14 games for Boston in 2019, was .
Pirates: OF Ka’ai Tom. He was claimed from Oakland on waivers . After being picked from Cleveland in the winter meeting draft of unprotected players, Tom made his debut with the Athletics on April 1 and went 1 for 16 (.063) in nine games. INF Rodolfo Castro was optioned to the alternate site.
Royals: C Salvador Pérez was in theafter the top of the sixth inning with a strained right thumb. He was injured while tagging Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera out on a plate in the third inning.
Royals LHP Mike Minor (2-1, 4.64 ERA) is scheduled to pitch against RHP Mitch Keller (1-2, 7.16) on Wednesday night in the two-game. Minor is coming off his best start of the season, in which he gave up two runs in 5 2/3 while striking out nine. Keller had a no-decision against Detroit in his last outing, allowing two runs -– both on solo homers –- in five innings.
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