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Pirates hurt by 4 wild pitches in 4-2 loss to Mets

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 27, 2014 at 11:55 pm •  Published: May 27, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Moments before the game, rapper 50 Cent went into his best windup and was comically off target with a ceremonial first pitch that sailed way wide of home plate.

Pittsburgh Pirates starter Edinson Volquez and reliever Jeanmar Gomez were only marginally better, combining for six walks and four wild pitches Tuesday night in a 4-2 loss to the New York Mets.

"That's what you're supposed to do, keep the game close. But I know walks killed me tonight," Volquez said.

Juan Lagares drove in two runs, Vic Black gave the Mets' bullpen a boost and New York finally managed a few timely hits in its first game with a new batting coach.

Starling Marte hit a two-run single for the Pirates, who had won five of six. Volquez walked five and threw two wild pitches in five innings, extending his struggles on the road.

"It wasn't like they were runaway walks. He was just off," manager Clint Hurdle said. "It was a challenge for him, but he kept us in the game."

Daniel Murphy doubled twice and No. 8 batter Ruben Tejada reached base all four times up to help the Mets win for only the fourth time in 13 games. The victory came one day after batting coach Dave Hudgens was fired and replaced by Lamar Johnson, who had been New York's minor league hitting coordinator.

Traded by the Pirates last season, Black (1-0) got four big outs in his first major league outing this year. Jenrry Mejia pitched two innings for his fourth save.

With a runner on, Curtis Granderson made an outstanding catch in the right-field corner for the second out of the ninth. Mejia then walked Andrew McCutchen and retired Mets nemesis Gaby Sanchez on a game-ending grounder.

"We kept pushing guys out there on all their pitchers, kept running up pitch counts," Hurdle said. "We had multiple at-bats with eight pitches or more. We lined out multiple times. Some nights, that's just the way it is."

With the score 2-all, Tejada drew his second walk to start the sixth. He advanced on two wild pitches by Gomez (0-2) and scored when Lagares flicked a single over a drawn-in infield. Murphy followed with an RBI double to make it 4-2.

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