The Pirates’ Ray Kremer and the Robins’ Burleigh Grimes locked up in a pitching duel in the rubber match of a three-game series in Brooklyn. Kremer got the upper hand, allowing just six hits, and Kiki Cuyler had the winning hit as the Pirates won, 2-1.
Each team got a run in the first. The Pirates scored quickly, as Carson Bigbee led off with a double and came in on a single by Johnny Rawlings. Brooklyn got the run back in the bottom half on a two-out home run by Zack Wheat.
Things were mostly quiet for some time after that. Brooklyn loaded the bases with two out in the third, but Kremer got a ground out. In the fifth, the Robins again got three on with two out, but a line out ended the threat.
With two out in the top of the sixth, the Pirates took a 2-1 lead. Cuyler grounded a ball between short and second and it got past Eddie Brown in center. The Bucs’ star made it all the way around for an inside-the-park home run. It was his 12th homer of the year.
Kremer made the lead stand up, retiring the last 13 batters he faced. He’s now 10-8. The Giants lost to the Cubs, giving the Pirates a three-game lead. They have a chance to strengthen their hold on first as they move on to New York for a five-game series.