PITTSBRUGH — Wil Crowe and two relief pitchers combined on a one-hitter, and the Pittsburgh Pirates snapped a four-game losing streak with a 7-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night.
Crowe (3-5) pitched six innings and allowed the Phillies’ only hit, a single by Alec Bohm in the second inning. The rookie right-hander struck out four and walked four in winning his second straight start.
Chasen Shreve pitched the seventh and Duane Underwood Jr. worked the last two outings to finish the Pirates’ fourth shutout of the season.
The Pirates have scored 26 runs in Crowe’s last three outings.
Five Pirates had two hits — Ben Gamel, Ke’Bryan Hayes, Bryan Reynolds, Gregory Polanco and Kevin Newman. Polanco and Newman also drove in two runs apiece.
Vince Velasquez (3-6) got hit hard again, lasting just two innings and getting tagged for five runs and six hits. He is 0-4 with a 12.00 ERA in his last five starts.
Philadelphia lost for the third time in four games and remained 3½ games behind the NL East-leading New York Mets.
The Pirates took a 3-0 lead against Velasquez in the first inning.
Gamel led off with a double and scored on Reynolds’ one-out triple. Polanco then singled to score Reynolds before Rodolfo Castro doubled home a run when right fielder Bryce Harper misjudged a fly ball in front of the warning track.
Hayes hit an RBI double in the second and scored on Polanco’s single. Newman’s two-run double in the fourth made it 7-0.