Boston starter Skinny Graham lasted only three innings against the Pirates just two days ago. This time, however, he held them in check for seven innings and then hung on as the Braves won, 6-4, at Forbes Field. The loss dropped the Pirates to seven and a half games out of first.
Neither team could get on the board in the first four innings, as the Pirates’ Johnny Morrison started off well. Each team had one chance with two runners on base, but double plays ended both threats.
In the top of the fifth, though, the Braves hammered six hits off Morrison, including a double and two triples. Things would have been worse, but a relay from Kiki Cuyler in right and shortstop Glenn Wright caught a runner at the plate. By the end of the inning, it was 4-0.
Morrison left for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the inning and Babe Adams took over. The Braves stretched their lead to 5-0 in the top of the seventh on a double, a sacrifice and an infield hit.
The Pirates finally got through to Graham in the bottom of the eighth. With two out, Cuyler walked and Clyde Barnhart, back after a nine-day absence, singled. Pie Traynor lined to deep center and made it around for a three-run, inside-the-park home run, his second four-bagger of the season. That left the Pirates down two.
The Braves got one of those runs back in the top of the ninth off Tom Sheehan. Three straight, one-out singles brought in a run. Cuyler threw a runner out at third on the last one to contain the rally.
The Pirates could come back with only one in the bottom of the ninth. George Grantham led off with a double and scored on a two-out single by Max Carey.
The loss left Morrison at 6-5. Grantham went 3-for-3, his third perfect day at the plate in his last six games.