Polanco and Pirates get to erratic Dickey, top Braves 6-4

Tony Watson worked the ninth for his first save.

Gregory Polanco had no trouble with R.A. Dickey's knuckleball, getting three of his four hits and driving in a run off the starter to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Atlanta Braves 6-4 on Saturday night.

While Atlanta manager Brian Snitker described Kemp as "day to day" in postgame comments to the media, any time missed will not help an Atlanta offense that has scored just nine runs while leaving 27 runners on base during a 1-3 start.

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have a new videoboard on the right field wall at attractive PNC Park, and they picked an incredible way to show it off for the team's home opener on Friday. Brandon Phillips drove in two and Ender Inciarte added an RBI double for the Braves.

McCutchen made a sliding grab on a liner by Dansby Swanson to save a run in the fifth then watched second baseman Josh Harrison and shortstop Jordy Mercer team up for a lovely double play in the eighth to put a stop to a late Atlanta rally.

Kuhl had control issues of his own and couldn't blame it on the unpredictability of the knuckleball. While the Atlanta offense was scarce in NY, the troubles have turned to the pitching and defense in the first two games against Pittsburgh. He walked a career-high six, throwing just 46 of his 85 pitches for strikes. Left fielder Matt Kemp, who has eight hits in 16 at-bats with four doubles and two homers so far, left Friday's 5-4 loss in the sixth inning after his right hamstring tightened. Kuhl struck out five while giving up three runs, two earned, in his first start since winning the No. 4 starter's job in spring training.

Pirates: Freese took a line drive from Dansby Swanson off the chest in the eighth.

The Atlanta Braves come into this series at 1-2 this season after falling by a final score of 6-2 in their series finale against the Mets on Thursday. It not only gives scores of other Major League Baseball games, fans can do the Super Bucco Run, a between-innings promotion that is the dream of any Super Mario Bros. fan.

  • Julie Sanders