The Pirates trailed much of the game, but a six-run seventh inning gave them a lead and they held on to beat Brooklyn, 9-6. The win let them keep pace with first-place New York, two and a half games out.
The Robins took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second against Lee Meadows. Both runs came on a home run by right fielder Dick Cox.
The Pirates got one back in the bottom of the third against Rube Ehrhardt when Max Carey tripled to drive in George Grantham, who’d doubled. Ehrhardt himself made it 3-1, though, with an RBI single in the top of the fourth.
Things stayed that way, with neither team staging a real rally, until the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Pie Traynor tripled and Glenn Wright singled him home. A George Grantham double sent Wright to third and Earl Smith singled them both in. Meadows then beat out an infield hit and that was all for Ehrhardt. Reliever Tiny Osborne, though, couldn’t stop the scoring. After an out, Eddie Moore singled to score Smith and Kiki Cuyler tripled for two runs. That put the Pirates up, 7-3.
The Bucs added on in the eighth. Traynor singled, and Wright and Smith both doubled to increase the lead to 9-3.
Meadows wasn’t at his best, but he hung on until the end. The Robins got three, two-out runs in the top of the ninth. Zack Wheat tripled in two runs and Jack Fournier, who had four hits, singled. Meadows got the next hitter to end it.
Despite allowing 14 hits, Meadows improved his record to 10-3. The Pirates also had 14 hits, with Traynor getting three. Smith drove in three runs. The four-game series and the Pirates’ 15-game homestand conclude tomorrow.