Pirates waste strong start by Keller in loss to Cubs | News, Sports, Jobs

Pirates waste strong start by Keller in loss to Cubs | News, Sports, Jobs


MLB notebook

On deck

Today: Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

Pitchers: Pirates LHP Steven Brault (0-3) vs. Cubs RHP Alec Mills (6-6)

TV: AT&T SportsNet

From Mirror, wire reports

CHICAGO — The Pittsburgh Pirates dropped a 6-5 decision in 11 innings Thursday night to the Chicago Cubs in which a strong start by Mitch Keller of the Pirates went by the wayside.

Rafael Ortega scored from third in the 11th when reliever Sam Howard coaxed a popup to second baseman Wilmer Difo that was misplayed, allowing the winning run to score for the Cubs with one out.

Ian Happ put the ball in play for Chicago with runners on the corners.

Keller, who came into the game with a 3-10 record, pitched six shutout innings. He gave up six hits, no walks and struck out eight. He left with a 3-0 lead, thanks to a three-run homer from Colin Moran.

However, the Pirates bullpen, Chad Kuhl and Nick Mears, combined to give up five runs in the seventh inning.

Mets GM in trouble

NEW YORK — Acting general manager Zack Scott was placed on administrative leave Thursday by the New York Mets following his arrest on charges of driving while intoxicated.

Electronic court records show Scott was released without bail after pleading not guilty earlier in the day to driving while intoxicated and three traffic violations. His driving privileges in New York were suspended, and he is due back in White Plains City Court on Oct. 7.

Scott, 44, was arrested on a DUI charge around 4:15 a.m. Tuesday in suburban White Plains, New York, hours after he attended a fundraiser at team owner Steve Cohen’s house.

Police found Scott asleep at the wheel of his SUV at a traffic light and determined he was intoxicated, White Plains police Capt. James Spencer said. He said Scott refused an alcohol breath test.

Scott’s lawyer, Keith Lavallee, did not immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press on Thursday evening.

History in Big Apple

Miami Marlins leadoff batter Miguel Rojas and New York Mets counterpart Jonathan Villar each homered on the first pitch they saw Thursday night, the first time that’s happened in a major league game since at least 1985, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Statisticians at Elias were unable to go back any further with certainty because prior pitch-count records aren’t precise.

Rojas launched the first pitch of the game a projected 401 feet into the left-field stands, connecting on a fastball from Mets starter Carlos Carrasco before many fans at Citi Field even settled into their seats. It was Rojas’ third leadoff home run this season and his eighth overall.

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