The five Pirates throwers join forces to hinder the Angels

July 22, 2023; Anaheim, California, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Endy Rodriguez (25) celebrates after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the sixth inning at Angel Stadium. Image: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Endy Rodriguez hits his fifth major league first homer and five Pittsburgh pitchers combined for five hits as the Pirates beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-0 on Saturday in Anaheim, California

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Osvaldo Bido (2-1) threw three scoreless innings behind opener Ryan Borucki. Jose Hernandez and Carmen Mlodzinski followed with 1 2/3 innings apiece before the Angels filled the bases with one out in the ninth against All-Star closer David Bednar

Bednar came out of a jam for his 19th save in 20 chances as Trey Cabbage pulled off a double game by hitting a comebacker at pitcher.

Los Angeles struck out 12 times and its four-game winning streak snapped. The Angels also went on a franchise-record 19 game streak by ending home runs

Reid Detmers (2-7) batted nine over five innings while throwing 100 pitches. He allowed two runs for six hits with two walks.

Bryan Reynolds scored two hits for Pittsburgh, which won for the second time in eight games since the All-Star break. The Pirates recorded their first shutout since May 17

Pittsburgh broke the scoreless series by two points in the fifth inning. After Connor Joe doubled one goal and scored on a Reynolds single down the middle, Reynolds moved into third through groundout Andrew McCutchen and scored a Carlos Santana double.

Gerardo Reyes replaced Detmers in the sixth and was met by Rodriguez’s leading homer into center field, a 415-foot blast.

The Angels filled the bases without an out in the fourth inning, but Matt Thaiss called in a double game and Hunter Renfroe struck to end the threat.

Renfroe recorded Los Angeles’ only extra-base hit with a one-out double in the seventh, but he was left stranded when Mlodzinski hit Cabbage and pinch-hitter Eduardo Escobar.

Angels halfback Mickey Moniak picked in the fourth inning to extend his streak to a career-high 13 games. 389 (21-for-54) during her streak

–Field Level Media

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