Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Andrew McCutchen drove in three runs during a
three-hit night and Mark Melancon survived a shaky ninth inning to help the
Pittsburgh Pirates down the Texas Rangers, 5-4, in an interleague matchup with
Melancon gave up four consecutive two-out hits in the ninth, with Ian Kinsler
and Alex Rios each driving in a run to pull the Rangers within a run.
With the tying run on third and the winning run on first, Melancon bore down
and struck out the dangerous Adrian Beltre on three pitches, getting the
slugger to chase a high fastball to secure his 13th save of the year.
Francisco Liriano (16-7) shook off a shaky start in his last outing and
allowed just one run on six hits with two walks for the NL wild card-leading
Pirates, who have won the first two meetings of the three-game series.
Jordy Mercer had four of Pittsburgh's 12 hits and Gaby Sanchez went 2-for-4
with an RBI as the Pirates ended the six-start winning streak of Martin Perez
(9-4), touching the rookie lefty for four runs and nine hits over his five-
plus innings on the hill.
Pittsburgh still trails the Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals by one game.
The Rangers fell to 2-7 in September after going 20-7 last month, but with
Oakland also losing on Tuesday they remain two games back in the AL West race.
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