Marte ties Bucs mark with 13th hit in series

Outfielder matches Hall of Famer Traynor's record in Pittsburgh's sixth straight win

Marte ties Bucs mark with 13th hit in series

DENVER -- Left fielder Starling Marte shares a spot in Pirates history with one of the franchise's most storied players.

Marte's four singles in Thursday's 5-4 win over the Rockies at Coors Field gave him 13 hits in the four-game series to tie him with Hall of Famer Pie Traynor for the most hits by a Pirates player in a four-game series. Marte went 13-for-20 (.650) with seven RBIs in the series.

Traynor had 13 hits from Aug. 2-4, 1928, against the Phillies.

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"Pie Traynor? That's going back," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "That's a big league name."

After hitting a single on each of his first four at-bats, Marte had a chance to surpass Traynor with two outs in the top of the ninth but grounded out to second base.

With the victory, their sixth in a row, the Pirates improved to 93-60 and remained four games behind the National League Central-leading Cardinals, who defeated the Brewers, 7-3, on Thursday night. Pittsburgh trimmed its magic number to clinch the top NL Wild Card spot to seven. The Cubs, 3 1/2 games behind the Pirates, were idle on Thursday.

Jack Etkin is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.