The Atlanta Braves extended their current winning streak to eleven straight games with a 5-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday afternoon in the closer of a four-game set (and a six-game homestand) at Truist Park; the Braves have swept their last three consecutive series.
William Contreras and Adam Duvall had back-to-back home runs to get the Braves on the board in the bottom of the second inning.
The Pirates cut the lead to 2-1 on a sac fly from Bryan Reynolds in the top of the third. Duvall put the Braves in front by 4-1 with a two-run shot during the bottom of the fourth.
Reynolds had a two-run homer for the Pirates in the fifth. Matt Olson added insurance for the Braves with a solo shot in the eighth.
Kyle Wright was credited with the win for Atlanta after giving up three runs and five hits, walking two, and striking out seven through six innings. Kenley Jansen got the save. Jose Quintana took the loss for Pittsburgh.
The Braves rose to seven games above .500 with a record of 34-27 so far this season. They remain in second place of the National League East, five and a half games back from the division-leading New York Mets. They will open a six-game road trip this evening with game one of a three-game division series in Washington DC against the Nationals, who are in last place of the NL East at 23-39. The first pitch is slated for 7:05 pm. Listen on WLAQ 1410 AM or 96.9 FM; air time is 5:50 pm.