Specs Meadows recovered from a rough first inning to hold the Braves in check for the next nine. The Pirates, however, couldn’t complete their comeback and Boston won, 7-4, in 11 innings.
The Braves’ offense got off to a quick start in the top of the first, getting a pair of one-out singles and a sacrifice fly to score the game’s first run. Catcher Frank Gibson then tripled in a second run and scored on a single by left fielder Gus Felix.
Behind 3-0, Meadows toughened and kept Boston off the board through the rest of regulation. He needed an inning-ending double play to get out of a bases-loaded situation in the sixth. In the eighth, right fielder Kiki Cuyler helped out by throwing Gibson out at the plate as he tried to score from second on another single by Felix.
The Pirates couldn’t get through to Braves’ starter Jesse Barnes in the first five innings. They got their first runner past second in the bottom of the sixth, when Max Carey led off with a single and scored on a double by Eddie Moore. Three batters later, Pie Traynor doubled to score Moore, making it 3-2.
Meadows himself tied the game in the bottom of the seventh. After Earl Smith led off with a triple, Meadows lined out deep to center, allowing Smith’s pinch runner, Emil Yde, to tag up and score.
The game went into extra innings and Meadows retired Boston in the tenth. The Pirates got two on in the bottom half but couldn’t score.
In the eleventh, Meadows finally wore out. Two singles and an intentional walk loaded the bases, and a single by Barnes scored two, putting Boston up, 5-3. With nobody out, Bill McKechnie called for Ray Kremer, but after a bunt third baseman William Marriott singled in two more runs, putting the Braves up, 7-3.
The Pirates were able to respond with only one run off Barnes. Stuffy McInnis led off with a pinch-hit single and his pinch runner, Johnny Rawlings, advanced to third on defensive indifference. A two-out single by Moore made it 7-4, but that was it.
Meadows took the loss to fall to 7-3. Carey had three hits. The Pirates remain in third, six and a half games behind the Giants.