The Pittsburgh Pirates are five games under .500 less than a month into the season, but they insist there is no reason to panic.
Ryan Ludwick lined a two-run double after two Cincinnati batters were hit by pitches, lifting Tony Cingrani and the visiting Reds over the Pirates, 2-1, on Thursday.
The Pirates have lost six of seven, scoring a total of 22 runs in that span. The skid has dropped Pittsburgh to 9-14, a year after they had their first winning season and playoff appearance since 1992.
"We can't worry about where we are right now," Pirates centerfielder Andrew McCutchen said. "We know we're going to be better. We're going to learn as a team and keep pushing forward."
Mets 4, Cardinals 1 - Chris Young homered to start New York's comeback, and slumping Curtis Granderson singled in a run as a pinch-hitter, as Bartolo Colon and the host Mets beat St. Louis for the third time in the four-game series. St. Louis lost for the sixth time in nine games and has gone 291 at-bats without a home run, since April 16.
Twins 9, Rays 7 - Aaron Hicks hit a three-run homer, Kurt Suzuki drove in three runs, and visiting Minnesota beat Tampa Bay. Ex-Ray Sam Fuld had a pair of run-scoring doubles for the Twins.
Chapman on the mound
Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman faced live hitters Wednesday for the first time since being hit in the head by a line drive on March 19, ESPN reported.
"He threw all his pitches," manager Bryan Price said. "He was very sharp."