ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Jonathon Niese outpitched Cole Hamels with six strong innings, ending the Texas left-hander’s career-best winning streak at 12 games in Pittsburgh’s 9-1 interleague victory over the Rangers on Friday night.
Andrew McCutchen had one of four home runs for the Pirates, who won their fifth straight and spoiled Jeff Banister’s first game against the organization he spent his first 29 years in pro baseball with before becoming Texas manager last season.
Hamels (5-1) gave up eight hits and six runs – five earned – in 4 2/3 innings, his shortest outing since the start before throwing a no-hitter in his final appearance for Philadelphia last July 25. He came to the Rangers in a trading deadline deal six days later.
Niese (5-2) threw five shutout innings before Adrian Beltre’s leadoff homer in the sixth. The left-hander scattered seven hits with a walk and two strikeouts.
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