Pirates Chase Perez, Crush Sloppy Mets

Ex-Met Nady goes 3-for-3; ex-Pirate Perez departs in 2nd inning
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Apr 30, 2008 10:48 PM CDT
Pittsburgh Pirates' Chris Gomez, left, Luis Rivas, center, and relief pitcher Evan Meek, right, celebrate with teammates.   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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(Newser) – Oliver Perez couldn't find the plate, Luis Castillo couldn't find the ball and Jose Reyes couldn't find second base. The Pittsburgh Pirates took advantage of a sloppy performance by the New York Mets, scoring nine unearned runs in a 13-1 victory.

Pirates right fielder Xavier Nady, traded by the Mets for Perez in 2006, went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored. An otherwise enjoyable day for the Pirates was marred by the sight of starter Tom Gorzelanny bent over in pain in the fifth inning with an apparent back problem. The left-hander, who allowed just one hit and no runs, stayed in to get the final out of the inning. (Read more baseball stories.)