The Atlanta Braves opened a six-game road trip on Monday night with a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first meeting of a three-game series at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA. The Braves are now three games back from the National League East-leading New York Mets, who were defeated by the New York Yankees.
Michael Harris II led the charge offensively with a two-run homer in the top of the fifth inning.
Oneil Cruz had a solo home run for the Pirates in the bottom of that inning; it was the only run surrendered by Jake Odorizzi, who secured his first win in a Braves uniform after also giving up just four hits, walking none, and striking out seven in six innings of work. Kenley Jansen picked up the save. Roansy Contreras took the loss for Pittsburgh.
The Braves improved to 76-48 on the 2022 season with their victory over the Pirates, who are now 47-75 and in last place of the NL Central. Those teams will meet again tonight at 7:05 pm. Listen on WLAQ 1410 AM or 96.9 FM; air time is 5:50 pm.
In a minor league update, the Rome Braves will open a six-game series up in Bowling Green, KY against the Hot Rods tonight; the first pitch is scheduled for 7:35 pm.