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Philipsburg native Matt Adams hits triple as Atlanta falls

Atlanta Braves’ Matt Adams follows through on a triple against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night in Atlanta.
Atlanta Braves’ Matt Adams follows through on a triple against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night in Atlanta. AP

Philipsburg native Matt Adams is now on a three-game hitting streak after smacking his first triple in three years Wednesday night — but it wasn’t enough as Adams’ Atlanta Braves fell 12-5 to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 10 innings.

“Big City” Adams had a shot to end the game in the bottom of the ninth. But, with one man on base and two outs, he struck out swinging — and the Pirates exploded for seven runs in the extra frame. Pittsburgh smacked three homers in the top of the 10th from Jordy Mercer, Jose Osuna and David Freese.

Atlanta is now 20-24 on the season.

Adams went hitless in his debut with the Braves. But, over the last three games, the Philipsburg-Osceola grad has recorded six hits — including two home runs, a triple, a double and two singles. He’s currently batting .333 for Atlanta.

On Saturday, the former St. Louis Cardinals’ first baseman was traded — along with cash — to the Atlanta Braves for minor league infielder Juan Yepez, a 19-year-old prospect who was hitting .275 in Class A ball.

With the victory, the Pirates improve to 21-26 on the year. Mercer led all batters Wednesday with three hits.

Adams’ 2017 season stats

Games: 35

At-bats: 66

Hits: 20

Batting average: .303

Runs: 7

RBIs: 11

Home runs: 3

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