Pirates 11, Expos 0
Bay homered twice and Pittsburgh scored a season-high nine times in the second inning to back Burnett’s first career shutout in an 11-0 win over the Montreal Expos on Friday night.
Bay, an early leading candidate for NL Rookie of the Year, was 4-for-5 with a single, double and two homers. He drove in four runs, hitting solo shots in the fourth and the sixth in his third multihomer game of the year—and fourth of his career.
“To be honest, I don’t think I’ve had three in my entire career, including college,” said Bay, who was back in the lineup after missing five games with tightness in his right shoulder. “I don’t think that’s going to happen a lot.”
The left fielder—who raised his average to .319 with 12 homers—said he wasn’t thinking about hitting for the cycle in his last at-bat in the ninth.
“You can’t really try for a triple,” he said. “Those kind of just happen.”
Burnett (3-2), in just his sixth career start, scattered 10 hits, struck out three and walked none in Pittsburgh’s fourth shutout of the season. It was also the 13th time Montreal has been blanked.
“To be honest, I never thought he would throw a shutout this early,” Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon said. “Tonight’s performance was pretty impressive.”
Pittsburgh sent 15 batters to the plate in the second, got seven hits and scored nine times, chasing Expos starter Shawn Hill.
Burnett said the huge lead in the second helped him relax.
“I just want to come up here and prove that I belong,” Burnett said.
Bobby Hill tripled with the bases loaded when Carl Everett lost track of the ball in the lights. Hill scored on Jason Kendall’s grounder, and Bay hit a two-run single in his second at-bat of the inning. Tike Redman hit two run-scoring singles in the inning, and Randall Simon also had one.
“We couldn’t stop the leak,” Expos manager Frank Robinson said.
The Pirates’ previous season-high was eight, done June 27 against Cincinnati.
Hill (1-2) pitched 1 1-3 innings and allowed seven runs on four hits.
The record for most runs scored by the Pirates in an inning is 12, in 1892 against St. Louis, and 1894 against Boston. The record for most runs allowed by the Expos in one inning is 10 by the Chicago Cubs in 1990 and Philadelphia in 2002. … Montreal 3B Tony Batista got his 1,000th career hit, a single in the eighth. “I’m super happy,” he said. “The pitcher was difficult today, but thank God I could connect in my last at-bat.” … The Pirates have been hit by pitches a major league-high 52 times. Three Pirates were hit by pitches Friday—Simon, Craig Wilson and Kendall. … Montreal SS Andy Fox, who entered in the fourth inning, was 0-for-2 and is hitless in his last 29 at-bats, dating to April 28 against San Diego. … Montreal LHP Chad Bentz hit a single in the seventh for his first career hit. … Attendance was7,436.