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    The Pittsburgh Pirates finally figured out a way to win at Citi Field. They'll send the majors' most successful road starter to the hill as they try to do it again.

    Kevin Correia has six wins in seven games away from PNC Park, and will seek his major league-leading eighth victory overall Wednesday against the New York Mets as he tries to help the Pirates match their road win total from 2010.

    Pittsburgh (25-28) finished last season 17-64 away from home, matching the worst road record since the 162-game schedule was adopted, but it's been a different story in 2011. The Pirates have avoided last year's futility by posting a 16-14 road mark.

    Futile was the only way to describe the Pirates' first eight games at Citi Field, where they'd been outscored 56-21 while going 0-8 including Monday's 7-3 defeat to open this series.

    Another loss seemed to be on the horizon Tuesday as R.A. Dickey stymied Pittsburgh, which trailed 1-0 through seven innings. However, manager Clint Hurdle's club finally broke through for three runs in the eighth and two more in the ninth. Josh Harrison's second hit in his major league debut tied the score at 1, then Neil Walker drove in two more as the Pirates rallied for a 5-1 victory.

    Pittsburgh won its didn't win its 17th road game last season until Oct. 1, but can match that total June 1 with Correia (7-4, 3.44 ERA) on the hill.

    A journeyman who won a total of 36 games in his first eight seasons, Correia is tied for the major league lead in victories through two months.

    He's all alone in road victories with six, and bounced back from his lone loss with arguably his best performance yet Friday in Chicago. Correia held the Cubs to four hits over 7 1/3 scoreless innings of the Pirates' 4-2 win.

    "You throw half your games on the road your whole career, so it really doesn't affect me at all," Correia said. "Every place is a little different."

    If Correia can keep up his road excellence Wednesday, Pittsburgh's starters will have held 13 straight opponents to two runs or fewer for the first time since a 14-game run Sept. 13-27, 1968.

    "Those guys have been setting the tone all year. If you would have said it was 35 games in a row I'd believe you," closer Joel Hanrahan said.

    Correia has pitched once at Citi Field, allowing two runs over five innings of a 7-2 loss with San Diego on April 15, 2009. Overall, he's 1-2 with a 3.24 ERA in four career starts versus the Mets.

    Even better for Correia, he won't have to face David Wright. The Mets' All-Star third baseman, who is 11 for 14 with a pair of homers in their matchups, remains on the disabled list with a stress fracture in his lower back.

    New York (25-29) counters with Chris Capuano (3-5, 4.94), who's coming off one of his best efforts despite not receiving a decision. The left-hander held Philadelphia to two runs -- one earned -- over six innings while striking out eight in a 6-4 loss Friday.

    "I think it was, physically, as good as I've felt out there," said Capuano, who has twice had Tommy John surgery. "It felt good to get out there and get on the attack and get some quick outs."

    Capuano hasn't had much luck against the Pirates, going 3-6 with a 6.46 ERA in 15 appearances -- 13 starts. Pittsburgh catcher Chris Snyder is 4 for 5 with a homer in their matchups.

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    Default Re: Game 54 : Pirates @ Mets : 06.01.11

    Weather: 88 with a chance of thunderstorms and a tornado watch.

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    Starting Pitchers

    Pittsburgh: Correia (7-4, 3.44 ERA)
    New York: Capuano (3-5, 4.94 ERA)

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    Gameday Matchup


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    Default Re: Game 54 : Pirates @ Mets : 06.01.11

    Kevin Correia: 7-4, 3.44 ERA
    Last appearance:
    5/27 at CHC
    7.1 IP, 0 ER
    Dec = Win

    Chris Capuano: 3-5, 4.94 ERA
    Last appearance:
    5/27 vs PHI
    6.0 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = ND

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    Lineups:

    Pirates

    1. Tabata 7
    2. Harrison 5
    3. McCutchen 8
    4. Walker 4
    5. Diaz 9
    6. Snyder 2
    7. Overbay 3
    8. Cedeno 6
    9. Correia 1

    Mets

    1. Pagan 8
    2. Turner 4
    3. Beltran 9
    4. Bay7
    5. Murphy 3
    6. Paulino 2
    7. Harris 5
    8. Tejada 6
    9. Capuano 1

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    Harrison with two hits last night,which probably equals the total Brandon Wood has had in his time here.

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    Gameday Lineups


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    Muck... The... Fets...

    ... Actually, I was "detained" by police while hanging a banner saying this same thing back in '83 over the signage on the Parkway leading down to the tunnel...

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    ... Actually, I was "detained" by police while hanging a banner saying this same thing back in '83 over the signage on the Parkway leading down to the tunnel...
    Good times

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    .... Series tied at 1-1, with this game and an afternoon "special" tomorrow.... We'll see them again with a 4-game stand in Pgh starting on June 10th.....

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    Pittsburgh vs. New York
    Pittsburgh Pirates (25-28) at New York Mets (25-29), 7:10 p.m.

    (Sports Network) - Pittsburgh Pirates starter Kevin Correia puts his solid road record to the test tonight in the third portion of a four-game series against the New York Mets at Citi Field.

    Correia is 6-1 with a superb 2.35 earned run average in seven road assignments this season and continued his solid trend as the visitor in Friday's 4-2 win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Correia fired 7 1/3 shutout innings of four-hit ball to push his overall record to 7-4 in 12 games (11 starts) and lower his ERA to 3.44.

    The right-hander has won two straight starts since a personal two-game slide and is 4-2 in his previous six decisions. He can become the majors' first eight-game winner, but hasn't had much success in his career against the Mets, going 1-3 with a 2.94 ERA in 10 games, four of which have been starts.

    Pittsburgh improved to 3-2 on a seven-game road trip with Tuesday's 5-1 victory behind a pair of runs batted in from Brandon Wood and Neil Walker. Josh Harrison went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for the Pirates, who got six innings of one-run ball from starter James McDonald in the no- decision. Evan Meek notched the win with a scoreless seventh inning.

    The Pirates were 0-for-8 at Citi Field before last night's win. Pittsburgh's previous road win in this series was a 7-5 triumph on August 11, 2008 at Shea Stadium.

    "We might have just been more stubborn than good tonight," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "Sometimes that works. I wouldn't encourage that for an entire season, but we just kept taking our hacks."

    New York failed to build on Monday's 7-3 win and wasted a solid start from knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who lasted 7 2/3 innings and allowed three runs with 10 strikeouts.

    "I definitely felt good with it," Dickey said of his knuckleball. "I think definitely the warm weather helps. I continued to tell myself to stay the course, be consistent with that."

    Jason Bay drove in the lone run against his former team and both Angel Pagan and Daniel Murphy ended with two hits for the Mets, who have lost seven of 10 games and fell to 2-3 on a 10-game homestand.

    The Mets will host Atlanta for three games after this set with Pittsburgh and are slated to hand Chris Capuano the ball Wednesday night. Capuano allowed two runs -- one earned -- in six innings of a 6-4 loss to Philadelphia on Friday for a no-decision and is 3-5 with a 4.94 ERA in 11 games (9 starts) in 2011.

    Capuano, a left-hander, has lost four of his last five decisions and will face the Pirates for the 16th time in his career. Over the first 15 games (13 starts) in this series, Capuano is just 3-6 with a 6.46 ERA.

    New York won six of seven meetings with the Pirates a year ago.

    http://content.usatoday.com/sportsda.../06/01#preview

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