• Mets avoid sweep as Gee, Buck top Pirates

    Summary of 2 articles · Updated Jul 15, 2013
    Dillon Gee pitched another gem against the Pirates, and John Buck hit a two-run single to lead the New York Mets to a 4-2 victory Sunday and avoid a sweep by Pittsburgh before the All-Star break. Gee allowed just one unearned run in 6 2/3 innings to the Pirates , who entered the day tied with St. Buck's hit capped a three-run first inning against fill-in starter Gerrit Cole , who lost his third straight start after becoming the first Pirates pitcher since Nick Maddox in 1907 to win the first four of his career. Buck, Eric Young Jr. Pirates first baseman Garrett Jones put his name on it Sunday. Pirates pinch-hitters have been abysmal all season, batting .197 with 16 RBIs in 132 at-bats. Please, no trades! Jones isn't the first in the clubhouse to do it and won't be the last on a team that believes it is every bit as good as its 56-37 record at the All-Star break.
    Source: ESPN.com
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