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Pirates’ MLB Win Streak Hits Nine Games as Orioles Beat Yankees

July 1 (Bloomberg) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates extended their winning streak to nine games as Russell Martin’s pinch-hit single in the bottom of the 14th inning gave them a 2-1 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Pirates, who haven’t had a winning season since 1992, improved their record to a Major League Baseball-best 51-30.

The Boston Red Sox became the first American League to win 50 games this season, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 yesterday to boost their record to 50-34. The Red Sox scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning on a fielding error by Toronto first baseman Josh Thole.

The Baltimore Orioles sent the New York Yankees to a fifth straight loss yesterday, winning 4-2 as Chris Davis hit his MLB-leading 31st home run of the season. At 47-36, the Orioles trail the Red Sox by three games in the AL East, where the Yankees (42-39) slipped to fourth place out of five teams.

Yasiel Puig had his first four-hit game as a major leaguer yesterday as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-1. A rookie outfielder from Cuba, Puig finished his first month in the majors with 44 hits, the second-most all-time behind Joe DiMaggio’s 48 in May 1936.

The New York Mets were routed 13-2 by the Washington Nationals as rookie pitcher Zack Wheeler allowed five runs over 4 2/3 innings in his Citi Field debut. Adam LaRoche, Jayson Werth, Kurt Suzuki and Ian Desmond all hit homers for the Nationals, with Desmond’s ninth-inning blast coming against Mets catcher Anthony Recker, who was brought in to pitch with the home team trailing 11-0.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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