Jack Suwinski hit two of Pittsburgh’s franchise-record-tying seven home runs as the pirates defeated the host seattle mariners 11-6 Friday night in the opener of a three-game interleague series
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Bryan Reynolds, Ke’Bryan Hayes, Tucupita Marcano, Andrew McCutchen and Carlos Santana also went deep for the pirateswho broke a two-game streak
Pittsburgh right-hander Mitch Keller (6-1) was not in his prime, but he received plenty of support to move to a tie for the NL wins lead. Keller allowed six runs and seven hits over six innings, walking two and striking out eight.
Julio Rodriguez and JP Crawford homered for Seattle, which snapped a four-game winning streak.
sailors Right-hander George Kirby (5-4) snapped a streak of eight consecutive quality starts. Kirby allowed seven runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings, walking one and striking out four. The four home runs he gave up were one more than he had allowed combined in his first nine appearances this season.
He pirates he broke a 2-2 tie with a fifth of five runs. Austin Hedges and McCutchen led off with singles, and Reynolds hit a two-run triple to left field. With two out, Suwinski and Hayes hit back-to-back home runs, the first to center field and the last to left field, ending Kirby’s night.
McCutchen led off the game with a home run to left-center, and Santana led off the fourth with a bomb to right.
Suwinski hit a 445-foot drive to right-center with one out in the seventh off Juan Then. One out later, Marcano went deep to right field.
Reynolds capped the home run derby with Chris Flexen’s solo home run with one out in the eighth that hit the windows of the Hit it Here Cafe on the second story in right field. Reynolds went 3 for 4 with four RBIs and scored twice.
Rodriguez went 2 for 4 with three RBIs for Seattle. He hit a solo home run in the first inning and a two-run single in the fifth.
Crawford’s two-run home run in the seventh sent Keller into the showers.
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