The Pirates, who haven’t won a series away from PNC Park since taking two out of three from the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field from Aug. 8-10, 2003, are winless in nine straight road series.
Pittsburgh got closer to snapping that slide with a come-from-behind win on Friday.
Limited to one hit over seven innings by Mets starter Tom Glavine, the Pirates broke through for seven runs in the eighth and held on for a 7-6 win.
“It was awfully weird,” Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon said. “For seven innings it was a pitchers duel and then all heck broke loose in the eighth for both teams.”
New York came into Friday’s game having won its previous two series, including taking two of three from Atlanta to begin the current homestand.
Mets center fielder Mike Cameron, signed in the offseason to provide Gold Glove-caliber defense, had a pair of hits Friday, including an RBI double.
Cameron, who made three impressive running catches on Friday, has been a pleasant surprise offensively for the Mets, hitting .314 (11-for-35) in the early going.