Pi­rates get some re­venge with 4-3 victory vs. Gi­ants

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Pitts­burgh’s Gerrit Cole struck out a sea­son- best nine bat­ters to steer the Pi­rates to a 4-3 win at San Fran­cisco on Mon­day, giv­ing the vis­i­tors a small mea­sure of re­venge for their crit­i­cal loss to the Gi­ants last year.

The de­feat dropped the Gi­ants off the pace in the Na­tional League West di­vi­sion, while in the NL East, the New York Mets re­claimed a share of the lead by con­vinc­ingly de­feat­ing San Diego.

In the Amer­i­can League, Hous­ton con­tin­ued its late-in­ning magic to beat Bal­ti­more and the Los An­ge­les An­gels won their fifth straight game by down­ing Tampa Bay.

The Pi­rates met the Gi­ants for the first time since last sea­son’s onegame NL wild-card play­off which San Fran­cisco won and then went on to take out the World Se­ries.

Pitts­burgh starter Cole ( 8- 2) struck out the side in or­der in the fourth, then worked a 1-2-3 fifth be­fore load­ing the bases with none out in the sixth. He got out of it with a strike­out and then in­duc­ing an in­ning-end­ing dou­ble play.

Pitts­burgh’s Neil Walker hit a tiebreak­ing two-run dou­ble in the fifth af­ter a pair of called strike­outs.

New York Mets pitcher Ja­cob deGrom did not al­low a run­ner on base un­til the sixth in­ning, guiding the vis­i­tors to a 7-0 win at San Diego.

The lanky right-han­der struck out the first four bat­ters and af­ter be­lat­edly al­low­ing a baserun­ner in the sixth he quickly closed out that frame by in­duc­ing a dou­ble-play.

DeGrom faced one bat­ter over the min­i­mum for eight innings, al­low­ing only two hits.

Hous­ton’s Evan Gat­tis drove in two runs in a four-run sev­enth in­ning which lifted the Astros to a 5-2 victory over Bal­ti­more.

The Astros have scored a ma­jor league-lead­ing 94 runs in the sev­enth in­ning or later this sea­son.

They trailed by one run en­ter­ing the sev­enth be­fore a lead­off sin­gle by Chris Carter prompted a change of pitcher, but Brad Brach is­sued a walk then a sin­gle to load the bases.

Ge­orge Springer sin­gled with one out to tie the game and Jose Al­tuve’s sac­ri­fice fly put Hous­ton on top be­fore Gat­tis drove in two more to make it 5-2.

Los An­ge­les’ Al­bert Pu­jols home­red twice to power the An­gels to a 7-3 win against Tampa Bay.

Pu­jols ex­tended the An­gels’ lead to 5-3 in the fifth in­ning with a solo shot, then hit a two-run homer in the eighth to end the scor­ing. It was his 13th this sea­son and 533rd of his ca­reer, one shy of Jim­mie Foxx for 17th place all-time.

The three-time NL MVP, who has home­red in four of his past five games, has 1,117 ex­tra-base hits for his ca­reer — ty­ing Foxx and Ted Wil­liams for 16th in that depart­ment.

Mike Trout and David Freese also went deep for the An­gels, who have 13 homers over their past five games.

The An­gels’ crosstown ri­vals, the Los An­ge­les Dodgers, also won, de­feat­ing Colorado 11-4 to open a 1-1/2 game lead in the NL West.

Dodgers pitcher Clay­ton Ker­shaw had a ca­reer-high three hits to back his strong pitch­ing per­for­mance.

Known for his pow­er­ful left arm, Ker­shaw (4-3) was just as lethal at the plate. He had a dou­ble and two sin­gles, in­clud­ing a run-scor­ing liner as part of a six-run sixth in­ning that broke open a tight game.

At the mound, Ker­shaw al­lowed two runs over seven innings. He hasn’t lost to the Rock­ies in nearly two years, span­ning nine starts.

Joc Ped­er­son hit one of Los An­ge­les’ four homers.

New York’s Mark Teix­eira hit his ninth ca­reer grand slam off Seat­tle ace Felix Her­nan­dez in the fifth in­ning to power the Yan­kees to a 7-2 win at the Mariners.

A sin­gles from Car­los Gomez in the first in­ning pro­vided the only run of the game as Mil­wau­kee won 1-0 at St. Louis.

At­lanta’s Fred­die Free­man home­red for the sec­ond straight game as the Braves beat Ari­zona 8-1.

Chicago’s Ja­son Ham­mel had a ca­reer-high 11 strike­outs in 6 2-3 innings to lead the Cubs to a 5-1 win at Miami.

AP

Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers start­ing pitcher Mike Fiers throws to first dur­ing the first in­ning of a base­ball game against the St. Louis Car­di­nals in St. Louis, Mis­souri, Mon­day, June 1.

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