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Bryan Reynolds hit a three-run double in the four-run fourth inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates held on for a 7-5 win Wednesday afternoon in Arlington, Texas, to sweep the two-game series against the Rangers.
Melky Cabrera and Starling Marte each had two hits and an RBI for the Pirates, who are back at .500 after losing eight in a row prior to arriving in Arlington.
Pittsburgh starter Jameson Taillon (2-3) went 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) and five hits, striking out five and walking two. Felipe Vazquez pitched the ninth and stranded the tying run at second for his eighth save.
Danny Santana had two hits, including a solo homer, and two RBIs for Texas. Joey Gallo homered for the third straight game, and Shin-Soo Choo also went deep for the Rangers.
Texas starter Shelby Miller (1-2) went 3 1/3 innings, allowing four runs and four hits with three strikeouts and two walks.
The Rangers scored three runs in the seventh to chase Taillon and cut the deficit to 6-5.
Santana homered to lead off the inning. After Delino DeShields reached on an error, Richard Rodriguez replaced Taillon, and Choo blasted a two-run homer to right to make it a one-run game.
Pittsburgh got a run back in the eighth on an RBI single by catcher Elias Diaz, who was playing in place of Francisco Cervelli, who left Tuesday’s game after being hit by a pitch on his left wrist.
The Rangers took their only lead in the second inning on back-to-back, two-out doubles by Asdrubal Cabrera and Santana to move ahead 1-0.
Marte, who came in 7-for-18 with a double and two triples in his career off Miller, singled to lead off the fourth. After back-to-back walks to Gregory Polanco and Josh Bell to load the bases, Cabrera singled to shallow left to tie the score at 1-1.
Miller got Colin Moran to pop out, but Reynolds doubled to deep left-center field to clear the bases and make it 4-1.
Gallo’s 11th home run of the season cut the lead to 4-2 in the sixth, but the Pirates got two runs back in the seventh on two-out RBI doubles by Marte and Polanco.
—Field Level Media