Pi­rates beat Mets 3-2 in ex­tra in­nings, end­ing Mets’ run of home wins

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Pittsburgh’s Gre­gory Polanco sin­gled home the go-ahead run in the 10th in­ning to give the Pi­rates a 3-2 win against the New York Mets in Fri­day’s open­ing game of a key se­ries be­tween Na­tional League con­tenders, end­ing the Mets’ long run of home vic­to­ries.

The Pi­rates have the sec­ondbest over­all record in the NL but could not re­duce the six-game deficit to Cen­tral Di­vi­sion ri­val St. Louis, which beat Mi­ami.

In the openers of key Amer­i­can League se­ries, Kansas City ral­lied to de­feat the Los An­ge­les An­gels, and the New York Yan­kees won a tight game at Toronto to end the Blue Jays’ 11-game win­ning streak and move above them back to the top of the AL East stand­ings.

Pittsburgh went ahead in the 10th through Polanco’s sin­gle off Bobby Par­nell (1-2) and Aramis Ramirez padded the lead with a sac­ri­fice fly.

The NL East- lead­ing Mets, which had won seven straight home games, scored in the bot­tom half of the 10th on Curtis Gran­der­son’s sac­ri­fice fly be­fore Pittsburgh closer Mark Me­lan­con sealed the vic­tory.

St. Louis’ Jaime Gar­cia held Mi­ami score­less un­til the ninth in­ning, steer­ing the Car­di­nals past the Mar­lins 3-1.

Gar­cia (5-4) came within two outs of throw­ing the first com­plete game of the sea­son for the NL Cen­tral lead­ers. He gave up one run and one walk while strik­ing out six.

Matt Car­pen­ter’s bunt sin­gle broke a score­less tie in the fifth. He hit a solo home run in the eighth.

Kansas City’s Eric Hos­mer hit a go-ahead two-run homer that lifted the Roy­als to a 4-1 vic­tory over the An­gels.

The Roy­als mus­tered just one hit off Jered Weaver (4-9) un­til the sixth, when a Ben Zo­brist dou­ble was fol­lowed by an er­ror by An­gels first base­man Al­bert Pu­jols which tied the game, and Hos­mer fol­lowed with his homer.

Kansas City starter Danny Duffy (6-5) set­tled down af­ter a wild start — he hit three bat­ters in six in­nings — and gave up only one run, wrig­gling out of a few jams by leav­ing six An­gels on base; three in scor­ing po­si­tion.

New York’s Car­los Bel­tran hit a huge home run in the eighth in­ning to help the Yan­kees win 4-3 at Toronto.

Blue Jays pitcher David Price took a 3-0 lead into the eighth be­fore New York ral­lied. He left af­ter giv­ing up an RBI dou­ble to Chase Headley and Bel­tran then greeted re­liever Aaron Sanchez (6-5) with a three-run homer.

Yan­kees closer An­drew Miller got in a jam in the bot­tom of the ninth, al­low­ing run­ner onto sec­ond and third base, but he struck out the re­main­ing two bat­ters — the sec­ond of which was a 12-pitch at- bat by Troy Tu­low­itzki — to end it and put New York back ahead of Toronto in the stand­ings.

The Chicago Cubs notched their 14th win in 15 games by beat­ing the cross-town White Sox 6-5.

Chris Cogh­lan hit a three-run homer in the top of the third, and then he and An­thony Rizzo added back-to-back solo drives off the strug­gling Jeff Sa­mardz­ija (8-8) in the fifth; the game’s last runs.

The Cubs’ cur­rent eight-game streak is their long­est in seven years.

San Fran­cisco’s Matt Duffy home­red among his three hits and drove in three runs to power the Giants past Washington 8-5.

Hunter Pence also had a homer for the Giants.

Washington have lost four straight and missed a chance to cut the gap to the NL East-lead­ing Mets.

Hous­ton’s Dal­las Keuchel struck out eight in seven solid in­nings to steer the Astros past Detroit 5-1.

Keuchel (14-6) yielded one run to im­prove to 11-0 at home this sea­son. His 14 wins over­all are tied for most in the AL.

Jed Lowrie pow­ered the of­fense with a two-run dou­ble in the fifth in­ning which turned the game in the Astros’ fa­vor.

Los An­ge­les’ Adrian Gon­za­lez hit a three-run homer to high­light a four-run fifth in­ning which lifted the Dodgers to a 5-3 win against Cincinnati.

Reds’

pitcher John Lamb gave up four con­sec­u­tive two-out hits, capped by Gon­za­lez’s 23rd homer of the sea­son.

Texas’ Josh Hamil­ton home­red and de­liv­ered the tiebreak­ing sac­ri­fice fly that helped the Rangers de­feat Tampa Bay 5-3, end­ing the Ray’s four-game win­ning se­quence.

Cleve­land’s Corey Klu­ber struck out seven in his fourth com­plete game of the sea­son, steer­ing the In­di­ans past Min­nesota 6-1.

Bal­ti­more’s Manny Machado hit a two-run homer in the 13th in­ning to give the Ori­oles an 8-6 win against Oak­land.

At­lanta’s Julio Te­heran pitched six strong in­nings as the Braves edged Ari­zona 3-2.

Bos­ton routed Seat­tle 15-1 just hours af­ter Red Sox man­ager John Far­rell an­nounced he’s tak­ing a med­i­cal leave to treat lym­phoma.

San Diego’s Matt Kemp hit a triple in the ninth to com­plete the first cy­cle in Padres history and they went on to beat Colorado 9-5.

Mil­wau­kee’s Wily Peralta pitched seven score­less in­nings to help the Brew­ers beat Philadelphia 3-1.

AP

Pittsburgh Pi­rates’ Star­ling Marte, left, and An­drew McCutchen, right, celebrate with Gre­gory Polanco af­ter a base­ball game against the New York Mets in New York on Fri­day, Aug. 14.

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