PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Tom Gorzelanny shook off Mark Teixeira's
two-run homer in the first inning to shut out Atlanta during the
rest of his 7 1-3 innings, Jason Bay homered and the Pittsburgh
Pirates extended the Braves' road woes with a 5-2 victory tonight.
Bay doubled and scored on Ronny Paulino's sacrifice fly in the
second inning, then followed Jason Michaels' leadoff single with a
two-run homer to left-center in the fourth off Chuck James (2-2).
Paulino added a two-run double in the sixth and drove in three runs
during Pittsburgh's fifth consecutive victory.
The Braves, who came to Pittsburgh after sweeping a six-game
homestand against San Diego and Cincinnati, lost their sixth in a
row away from home and are a major league-worst 4-13 on the road.
The Braves own the majors' best home record of 14-4.
Gorzelanny (3-3), skipped over for a start because of a lower
back problem, cruised after a difficult first inning in which Omar
Infante doubled and, after a pair of force-play grounders, Teixeira
hit an 0-1 pitch deep into the left-field seats for his fifth
Gorzelanny allowed only five singles after that, never allowing
a runner past first base as the Pirates' defense turned three
double plays behind him. The Pirates turned a fourth double play
immediately after Franquelis Osoria replaced him with one on and
one out in the eighth.
Gorzelanny struck out four and walked two, following up on a
13-1 win over the Mets on April 30 in which he gave up one hit over
five shutout innings.
James, recalled from Triple-A Richmond to make his fourth start
this season, struck out seven but walked four while giving up five
runs and five hits over six innings. He pitched 13 shutout innings
in two starts against Pittsburgh last season.
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