The Times West Virginian

September 26, 2012

Alvarez hits 30th, keys Pirates’ victory


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NEW YORK — Pedro Alvarez hit his 30th homer and drove in four runs as Pittsburgh ended the Mets’ four-game winning streak with a 10-6 victory.

Pittsburgh avoided elimination in the playoff race, remaining mathematically in contention for the second NL wild-card spot. The Pirates posted their 76th victory, the team’s most since 1999 when they won 78.

Alvarez hit a three-run shot that made it 4-0 in the first inning. He drew a bases-loaded walk in the fifth, helping the Pirates win for just the sixth time in 24 games. Garrett Jones hit his 25th homer and drove in three runs for the Pirates. Wandy Rodriguez (12-13) improved to 5-4 since being traded from Houston to Pittsburgh in late July.

David Wright homered and added a two-run single, tying the Mets’ career record of 1,418 hits set by Ed Kranepool.

The Mets’ Collin McHugh (0-3) was pulled soon after Josh Harrison’s two-run triple in the second.