The Pittsburgh Pirates, after an offensive outburst in game one, fell stagnant in game two of this series against the Kansas City Royals by a score of 3-1. There was, obviously, no reason whatsoever for Sofield to take that risk, since Marte didn’t represent the tying run or anything all that close to it. Travis Ishikawa later singled Kang home, but the damage had been done. Pujols caught and passed Mike Schmidt for 15th place in baseball history, hitting his 549th career homer in the seventh inning.

Washington’s Clint Robinson hit a two-run double as the Nationals scored five runs in the first three innings to set up a 7-2 victory over the Mets.

The Royals dropped Monday’s opener by a 10-7 score, but rebounded with a 3-1 victory on Tuesday. “He showed a real good swing to left field Sunday in Milwaukee when he pounded the ball to the wall. Early runs left and right”. He played 37 games in the minors, was sent outright to Triple-A Sacramento by the San Francisco Giants and designated for assignment before the Pirates picked him up.

“I’m not feeling too good about what’s going on, but I know this club needs me to be able to do what we need to do”, Ventura said through a translator. “I wanted something up to get to the outfield”. I’ve just had a few hits taken away. Wherever it goes, it goes. Starting today I will give you my play of the day. Burnett said. “They came out swinging”.

So now we come to the ten million dollar question: might a pair of long relievers, each pitching no more than three innings, give a team a better chance to win than most fourth or fifth starters?

Rangers 9, Rockies 0 • Shin-Soo Choo hit for the cycle and Matt Harrison earned his first win in 14 months as Texas rolled on the road.

The Royals cut the deficit to 8-7 in the seventh and chased Burnett.

In the top of the second, Starling Marte led off with a shot to left that was initially ruled a solo homer. Errors by both Gregory Polanco and Neil Walker hurt the Pirates and helped lead to those two runs scoring in the eighth.

Mark Melancon worked the ninth for his 30th save in 31 opportunities. He has converted a franchise-record 28 consecutive saves.

Morales, who hit a two-run homer off the right-field foul pole in the fifth, tops the American League with 65 RBIs. On a muggy night, Burnett had trouble locating his his sinker and allowed 11 hits and six runs in 6 innings. It’s a new year. He lasted just 1.1 innings Tuesday before leaving the game.

NOTES: The Pirates placed SS Jordy Mercer on the disabled list with a Grade 2 medial collateral ligament left knee sprain and contusion. Royals RHP Kris Medlen, out since undergoing a second Tommy John surgery in March 2014, was activated from the disabled list. He made his Royals debut, giving up four runs and four hits in 3 1-3 innings.

Pirates: RHP Gerrit Cole looks for his major league-leading 14th victory Tuesday night. It was his first start since June 10, when he injured his flexor for the second time this year.

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Monday, July 20, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo.