The Pirates scored seven runs in the fifth inning to take an 8-0 lead, then hung on for an 8-6 win over Boston. The win was their third straight to open a 19-game home stand.
Emil Yde started for the Pirates. He walked three batters in the first two innings, but didn’t allow any hits until he gave up a pair of two-out singles in the fifth.
The Bucs got the early lead in the bottom of the second. Stuffy McInnis walked with two out and Johnny Gooch tripled.
The score stayed 1-0 until the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Max Carey homered for the fifth time on the year. The next six hitters singled. Clyde Barnhart knocked in one run and Glenn Wright two. After Wright’s hit, Braves’ player-manager Dave Bancroft lifted starter Johnny Cooney for Rosy Ryan and McInnis hit the sixth single to drive in one more. A pair of wild pitches brought in Wright to put the Bucs up, 8-0.
In the top of the sixth, the Braves started to get to Yde. Doc Gautreau led off with a double and scored on a single by Les Mann. The next batter bounced into a double play, which was fortunate because a double and a walk followed before Yde got the third out.
Four more runs scored in the top of the seventh. A double and single put runners on the corners, and a sacrifice fly scored one. A bunt single and an infield hit loaded the bases. Yde then gave up a two-run single to Bernie Neis and another sacrifice fly, making the score 8-5.
Things stayed relatively quiet after that until the top of the ninth. Yde gave up singles to the first two hitters, making 15 hits total for Boston. Bill McKechnie called for Johnny Morrison, who walked the first batter he faced to load the bases. He got the next three batters, though, with just one run scoring on a fly ball. That brought the score to 8-6.
Despite allowing six runs, Yde got his 11th win in his last 12 decisions. He’s now 12-5, and 6-0 in the month of July. McInnis went 3-for-3. The Giants lost to Chicago, giving the Pirates a first place lead of two and a half games. They’ll go for a four-game sweep tomorrow.