The Pittsburgh Pirates collected 14 hits, including four home runs, to hammer the Texas Rangers 9-1 Friday night at Globe Life Park. Yu Darvish makes his first start back with the Rangers in Game 2 of the series at 6:15 p.m. Saturday.
Pitching: Cole Hamels had his shortest outing with the Rangers after being knocked from the game trailing 6-0 with two outs in the fifth. He was charged with six runs (five earned) on eight hits and two walks. Sterling Marte homered to deep center field with one out in the second to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead. Hamels hit the next batter and surrendered a single before getting a pop up to deep shortstop to end the inning. Pittsburgh batted around in the fifth, collecting five runs on four hits, a hit batter and a two walks. Jung Ho Kang provided the big blast, a three-run homer that put the Pirates up 6-0. Luke Jackson replaced Hamels for the final out. Andrew McCutchen led off the sixth with a homer to push the lead to 7-0. Jackson allowed one run on four hits in 2 1/3 innings. Gregory Polanco’s two-run homer off Alex Claudio in the 9th made it 9-1.
Hitting: Adrian Beltre homered in the sixth to get the Rangers on the board against Pirates left-hander Jonathon Niese. Niese held the Rangers to five hits and a walk through the first five innings. Texas twice had runners in scoring position in the first two innings, including a two-out double by Prince Fielder and a walk, stolen base and wild pitch that put Ryan Rua on third with two outs. Both times Niese escaped. He allowed one run on six hits and a walk and struck out two in six innings. Bobby Wilson, Nomar Mazara and Beltre each had two of the Rangers’ 10 hits.
Notable: Jurickson Profar’s single in the fifth was his first major league hit since a game-winning pinch-hit home run on Sept. 26, 2013 ... Elvis Andrus’ 11-game hit streak was snapped after he went 0 for 4 ... 37,645 was the paid attendance.