Choi, Triolo spark comeback from 4-run deficit, Pirates top Guardians 7-5 to stop 5-game skid


PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ji Man Choi and Jared Triolo hit two-run singles in a five-run seventh inning helped by an overturned call, and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Cleveland Guardians 7-5 on Wednesday and stop a five-game losing streak.

Pittsburgh trailed 4-0 in the fifth before Nick Gonzales’ run-scoring single and Jake Suwinski’s RBI double against Aaron Civale.

Gonzales walked against Nick Sandlin with one out in the seventh, and singles by Endy Rodríguez and Connor Joe off Sam Hentges (1-2) loaded the bases. Rodríguez’s bloop was his first hit in the major leagues following his callup Monday from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Bryan Reynolds grounded into a 6-4-3 double play, but the out call by Junior Valentine at first was overturned in a video review, allowing Gonzales to score.

Carlos Santana walked, and Choi sent a sharp liner into right field for a 5-4 lead. Enyel De Los Santos walked Henry Davis and Triolo drove a two-run single into left.

Josh Bell homered in the eighth off Ryan Borucki (1-0), and David Bednar struck out one in a perfect ninth for his 18th save in 19 chances.

Pittsburgh was outscored 21-1 in the series’ first two games,.

Pirates starter Rich Hill gave up four runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. He is 0-2 in his last four starts.

Civale allowed two runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Andrés Giménez drove in a run with a squeeze bunt in the fourth. Amed Rosario hit a two-run double in the fifth when Suwinski dropped the ball on his attempt for a leaping catch in center and Bell followed with an RBI single.


Pirates: 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes ran linear sprints and took grounders in his recovery from low back inflammation. He could require a rehab assignment, Pittsburgh director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said. … SS Oneil Cruz is throwing at up to 120 feet and has started advanced biometric work in the weight room. He has been out since breaking his left ankle on April 9.


Guardians: RHP Gavin Williams (1-2, 3.94) is to start Friday in the first of a three-game home set against Philadelphia.

Pirates: RHP Johan Oviedo (3-10, 4.53) take the mound Friday in the opener of a three-game series at the Los Angeles Angels.

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