Gamel hits 2 HRs, drives in 6 runs as Pirates rip Braves

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Pittsburgh Pirates’ Ben Gamel (18) celebrates with teammate John Nogowski (69) as he crosses home plate in front of Atlanta Braves catcher William Contreras after hitting a two-run home run off starting pitcher Max Fried during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Monday, July 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (AP) — Ben Gamel homered twice and drove in six runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates past the Atlanta Braves 11-1 on Monday night.

Gamel took Max Fried (5-5) over the fence in center field for a two-run home run in the fourth.

He doubled home Bryan Reynolds in the sixth and added a three-run shot in the seventh.

The Pirates have won two straight following a six-game losing streak.

Freddie Freeman and Ronald Acuña, Jr. had two hits each for Atlanta, but the Braves missed a chance to get back to .500 for the first time in a month.

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