Polanco Powers Pirates Past Braves
PITTSBURGH (AP) – Gregory Polanco homered and tripled, John Jaso collected three hits and the Pittsburgh Pirates rolled by the Atlanta Braves 8-2 on Thursday night.
Polanco hit a two-run shot to left-center in the second off Mike Foltynewicz (1-2) and finished 2 for 4. The left fielder is hitting .461 (12 for 26) in his last seven games.
Staked to an early lead, Jeff Locke didn’t let it go to waste. Locke (2-3) allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings to win for just the second time in eight starts this season.
Following eight shutout innings in a win at Kansas City last Saturday, Foltynewicz struggled. The 23-year-old lasted just three innings, giving up five runs and seven hits as the Braves fell to 10-30, the worst record in the majors.
Jeff Francouer went 3 for 4 with his fifth home run of the season for Atlanta.
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