Lee Meadows won his 18th game and the Pirates scored in double figures for the fourth straight time in a 10-3 win at Philadelphia. It was their sixth straight win and fourth in the series. They’ll have a chance for a five-game sweep tomorrow.
The Pirates got a quick lead in the top of the first off Phillies’ starter Jack Knight. Eddie Moore walked and went to third on a double by Kiki Cuyler. Clyde Barnhart made it 1-0 with a fly ball.
Meadows kept the Phillies in check for most of the game. He allowed eight hits and kept them off the board until the fourth. The home team took a 2-1 lead after two singles and a sacrifice put two in scoring position. A wild pitch and a fly ball brought in the runs.
The Pirates quickly retook the lead. In the fifth, Glenn Wright and Earl Smith both reached on singles. With two out, Moore singled to drive in a run and Johnny Rawlings, still subbing for an injured Max Carey, doubled to bring in two more. That put the Pirates up, 4-2.
After the fifth, the game stayed relatively quiet until the eighth, when the Bucs put it out of reach. They loaded the bases with one out and Smith doubled in two runs. Meadows brought in a third with a ground out and Moore singled in a fourth, extending the lead to 8-2. Two more in the ninth made it 10-2. Barnhart doubled in a run following an error and then scored on a single by Wright, giving the latter his 100th RBI of the year. Meadows allowed a meaningless home run to George Harper in the bottom of the ninth, Harper’s 18th on the year and fifth against the Pirates. That finished the scoring.
Meadows is now 18-8. Moore and Wright each had three hits. It was Wright’s third straight three-hit game.
The Giants’ game with the Cardinals that was scheduled for today was moved to a doubleheader yesterday, which they split. It being Sunday, the Pirates were off, so their first-place lead stayed at seven games. With the win and the Giants off today, it’s now seven and a half games. The Giants aren’t scheduled tomorrow, either, so the Pirates can gain another half game by finishing the sweep in Philadelphia.