Rick Rhoden scattered nine hits, struck out seven and doubled home a run to help the Pittsburgh Pirates end a nine-game losing streak with a 7-1 victory over the New York Mets last night in Pittsburgh.
It was the third complete game of the season for Rhoden (7-13). Ed Lynch, the first of four New York pitchers, gave up four runs on eight hits in five innings. Lynch's record fell to 10-6. The loss ended a six-game winning streak for Lynch, who had not been defeated since June 28.
It was the Pirates' longest losing streak since they dropped 10 in a row in July of 1968.
The Pirates opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning when, with one out, Marvell Wynne and Sammy Khalifa singled. Rhoden doubled down the left field line, scoring Wynne. Khalifa came home on a sacrifice fly by Joe Orsulak.
Pittsburgh scored twice in the fourth. Johnny Ray walked and Bill Madlock hit a two-run homer over the left field fence, his seventh of the season.
The Pirates scored three runs in the eighth. With two out, Jason Thompson doubled and Madlock singled. Thompson scored when Tony Pena singled. After Wynne walked, Madlock and Pena scored on a single by Khalifa.
The Mets scored in the eighth. With two out, George Foster singled and reached second on Orsulak's error in left. Foster came home on a single up the middle by Howard Johnson.