ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Shane McClanahan struck out 10 over seven innings, Tampa Bay had a three-run seventh keyed by an overturend call and the Rays completed a three-game sweep by beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2. McClanahan allowed one run and four hits, and had 10 strikoeouts, lowering his major league-leading ERA to 1.77 ERA and grabbing the big league lead in strikeouts with 123. The Rays took a 4-1 lead in the seventh on Ji-Man Choi’s run-scoring double and RBI singles by Josh Lowe and Isaac Paredes off Anthony Banda, who replaced Tyler Beede (0-1) with one on and two outs.
The Pittsburgh Pirates enter tonight’s matchup against the Washington Nationals as losers of three straight games. Washington has a 12-26 record in home games and a 27-48 record overall. The Nationals have gone 11-3 in games when they hit two or more home runs.
Pittsburgh is 12-23 on the road and 29-43 overall. The Pirates have an 18-6 record in games when they scored at least five runs. Monday’s game is the fifth time these teams square off this season. The Pirates are up 3-1 in the season series.