Duvall singles in the 10th and the Braves overcome Skenes’ hot start to beat the Pirates 2-1

Duvall singles in the 10th and the Braves overcome Skenes’ hot start to beat the Pirates 2-1

ATLANTA (AP) — Adam Duvall’s single in the 10th inning brought in Luke Williams from second base and the Atlanta Braves overcame a hot start from Pittsburgh rookie Paul Skenes to beat the Pirates 2-1 on Saturday.

Duvall lined Kyle Nicholas’ (0-2) single off the center-field wall, bringing home Williams, who led off the inning at second. Brave players came out of the dugout to celebrate.

Edward Olivares was called out while trying to score from third base on a wild pitch from Daysbel Hernández (2-0) in the top of the 10th. Olivares was initially ruled offside, but the Braves contested and a review showed that Hernández caught Travis d’Arnaud’s throw and tagged Olivares before it reached home plate.

Skenes allowed one run on six hits in six innings and was dominant after allowing Jarred Kelenic’s home run to open the game. Skenes struck out every batter in the sixth inning, giving him nine runs for the game.

Bryan Reynolds extended his hitting streak to 25 games when he tripled off the right field wall with two outs in the ninth. It’s the longest streak in the majors this season and the longest for the Pirates since Kenny Lofton’s 26-game streak in 2003.

Raisel Iglesias ended the ninth inning on a grounder from Olivares to the mound.

Kelenic hit a Skenes fastball into the second row of right field seats. It was Kelenic’s ninth home run this season and his fifth in 14 games since taking the leadoff spot.

Michael A. Taylor singled against Max Fried to start the fifth and advanced to third on two walks. With one out, Taylor scored on a sacrifice fly to right field from Olivares for a 1-1 tie.

With two outs in the sixth and Ke’Bryan Hayes on second base following a single and steal, Duvall managed a running against the wall in right field on Taylor’s drive to end the inning.

The Pirates had runners on second and third with two outs in the eighth inning when Kelenic made a run-scoring catch on Yasmani Grandal’s hit to the center-field wall.

Fried allowed one run in six innings.


Pirates: Oneil Cruz, hitting .167 over the past two weeks and .236 for the season, did not start with left-hander Fried on the mound. Cruz hit just .114 against lefties. Jared Triolo started. Cruz struck out as a pinch hitter against right-hander Pierce Johnson in the seventh, with a third strike called for a one-batter infraction.

Braves: RHP Ian Anderson will start Sunday for Class A Augusta as he continues his comeback from Tommy John surgery. … OF Ramón Laureano could be held out until Tuesday as he recovers from lower back soreness. He did not start for the third straight game.


Braves RHP Spencer Schwellenbach (1-3, 5.40) will make his first start against Pittsburgh when the rookie faces LHP Bailey Falter (3-6, 4.00) in Sunday’s game, scheduled for an unusual first pitch at 11:35 a.m. for Roku TV. Falter’s last win came against Atlanta on May 24.


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