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Pirates’ Polanco drives in 4 to beat Mets

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Hot-hitting rookie Gregory Polanco homered and drove in four runs, resurgent right-hander Vance Worley pitched seven stingy innings, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the New York Mets 5-2 on Thursday night.

Gregory Polanco, Pittsburgh Pirates
Gregory Polanco of the Pittsburgh Pirates rounds first after hitting a three run home run at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. (Justin K. Aller, Getty Images)

Polanco drove in the game’s first run with a groundout in the first inning, then lined a three-run homer into the right-field stands off Daisuke Matsuzaka in the fifth to put the Pirates ahead 5-1. The right fielder went 2 for 3 with a walk and is hitting .338 in 16 games since being called up from Triple-A Indianapolis on June 10.

Worley (2-0) scattered seven hits, walked two and struck out three. He has given up four runs in 20 2-3 innings over three starts since coming up from Indianapolis on June 15. He was 1-5 with a 7.21 ERA in 10 starts for Minnesota last season.

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