The Pirates beat the Mets 14–2, hitting 7 home runs to tie the club record


PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the New York Mets 14-2 on Friday night, tying a franchise record with seven home runs — so many that the team said they had run out of fireworks.

Bryan Reynolds and Rowdy Tellez become the first teammates in Major League history to hit multiple homers, including a grand slam, in the same game. Reynolds also ties a career-high with six RBI, starting with a 25-game hitting streak in June.

“What is it, June 38?” Reynolds joked after a four-hit night that raised his batting average to .280.

All 14 of the Pirates' runs came via homers — their most scored off the long ball in any game since at least 1900.

“We hit so many home runs we ran out of fireworks,” the Pirates posted on the X. “We’re serious.”

Pirates rookie Paul Skanes (5-0) pitched seven strong innings, giving up two runs on four hits with one walk and eight strikeouts while his ERA rose slightly to 2.12.

The mustachioed right-hander has struck out seven or more batters in nine of his first 10 games, the most by a pitcher through the first 10 games of his career. Skeens has thrown 74 pitches of at least 100 mph this season, twice as many as any other ballplayer in the Major Leagues.

Yet Skeens didn't just beat the Mets with his heat. The last of his 107 pitches was an 87-mph slider that Harrison Bader fouled off, bringing only the second sold-out crowd this season to PNC Park and the 6-foot-6-inch top overall pick in the 2023 draft to the dugout.

“That's why it's good to have five pitchers,” Skanes said. “Because if there's none, we can pitch with the rest. There wasn't a fastball at all at the beginning of the game. So we had to make do with the rest.”

Pittsburgh’s struggling offense — as is often the case when Skene’s starting lineup — was given much-needed relief.

Reynolds hit a two-run homer to left field off Luis Severino (5-3) in the fifth inning to put Pittsburgh ahead. His grand slam — to right field — came in the seventh against reliever Jake Diekman.

This was the fifth occasion since 1900 that a Pirates player hit a home run from both sides of the plate (Reynolds twice, Dale Sveum twice, Bobby Bonilla twice).

Tellez hit his grand slam in a six-run eighth that ended with the final out off New York catcher/designated hitter Luis Torrens. He also hit a solo shot in the fourth to erase New York's early 2-0 lead. The Mets tied the club record for home runs allowed in a game.

Michael A. Taylor had four hits, including a homer. Jack Suwinski and Yasmani Grandal also pitched well for the Pirates, who have struggled to generate offense all season, a main reason why Pittsburgh is below .500 (42-45), while the starting rotation has the lowest ERA in the National League since June 1.

Skeens wasn’t particularly sharp early, but he struck out 11 of his last 12 batters, boosting his chances of making the NL All-Star team when pitchers and reserve players are named this weekend.

“I would love to go there,” Skenes said. “But it's obviously not my decision.”

ESPN Stats & Information and the Associated Press contributed to this report.




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