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Oneil Cruz Continues Home Run Frenzy in Pirates’ Win Over Braves



Oneil Cruz, Pittsburgh Pirates

Oneil Cruz slugged his fourth home run in his last three games for the Pittsburgh Pirates in their 5-1 win over the Atlanta Braves at LECOM Park on Tuesday afternoon.

Cruz’s leadoff blast in the bottom of the first inning broke a scoreless tie. It was one of three home runs for the Pirates (7-10-1) on the day.

After the Braves (8-8-2) tied the game 1-1 in the fourth on a Jarred Kelenic RBI-fielder’s choice, Jack Suwinski put the Pirates back ahead with a solo homer to right field in the sixth.

Later in the inning, Billy McKinney provided plenty of insurance with a single swing. McKinney connected on a three-run home run to center to put Pittsburgh up 5-1.

Six different Pirates’ pitchers limited Atlanta to just two hits. Josh Fleming (1-0) was credited with the win with two-scoreless innings out of the bullpen.


  • Jack Suwinski finished the afternoon 2 for 3 with a homer, a double and stolen base. Billy McKinney went 1 for 2 with his three-run homer and drew a walk. He’s reached base safely in all 12 games he played in this spring.
  • In addition to his home run, Oneil Cruz drew a walk. He now has a 1.340 OPS this spring. Jared Triolo went 1 for 2 with a walk and a run scored.
  • Chase Anderson, in his first start of the spring, threw three-perfect innings and picked up a strikeout.
  • As of the conclusion of the game, the Pirates lead baseball with 34 home runs during spring training. The Baltimore Orioles are second (29).


The Pittsburgh Pirates will take a trip to Dunedin to face the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday. Roansy Contreras will be on the mound for the Pirates as he looks to try and earn a spot in the opening day rotation. Veteran righty Chris Bassitt will pitch for the Blue Jays. First pitch: 1:07 ET.

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