The Pirates came from behind to pick up a 5-4 win over the Braves in the opener of their series in Boston. Ray Kremer keyed the win with four scoreless innings in relief.
The Bucs got an early lead against Boston starter Joe Genewich. Max Carey and Kiki Cuyler led off the game with singles, moved up on a sacrifice by Eddie Moore, and came around on a single by Clyde Barnhart. Two more singles followed, but Barnhart got thrown out at third on the first one.
Pirates’ starter Emil Yde made the 2-0 lead stand up for three innings. He retired the first ten batters he faced, but ran into trouble in the bottom of the fourth. With two out and a runner on third, left fielder Dave Harris singled in a run and then scored on a triple by right fielder Jimmy Welsh. A single to left by first baseman Dick Burrus brought in Welsh and Burrus came all the way around to score when Barnhart couldn’t come up with the ball. That put the Braves up, 4-2.
Genewich shut the Pirates down through the fifth. In the sixth, though, they came back to tie the game. Pie Traynor singled and went to third when Glenn Wright doubled. Traynor was thrown out at the plate on a fielder’s choice, but Earl Smith singled to score Wright, then Carson Bigbee, batting for Yde, brought in the tying run with a sacrifice fly.
Kremer replaced Yde and kept Philly off the board the rest of the way. He gave up just a hit, a walk and a single. All three runners were wiped off the bases, one on a pickoff and one on a caught stealing. The last was caught off first after a fly to right in a double play that ended the game.
The Pirates by then had taken a 5-4 lead. In the top of the seventh, Kiki Cuyler singled and moved up on a sacrifice and a fly ball. With two out, Traynor singled to center to put the Bucs ahead, where they stayed.
Kremer got the win, evening his record at 1-1. The Pirates had 13 hits, three by Traynor.