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Rookie Bryan Reynolds continues hot start as Pirates top Rangers 7-5

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Pittsburgh Pirates’ Bryan Reynolds (10) leads off second base against the Texas Rangers during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday May 1, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. Reynolds doubled to drive in three runs. (AP Photo/Mike Stone)
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Pittsburgh Pirates’ Gregory Polanco (25) celebrates with Melky Cabrera (53) after they both scored on a hit by Bryan Reynolds against the Texas Rangers during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday May 1, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Mike Stone)
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Pittsburgh Pirates’ Melky Cabrera (53) beats the tag attempt by Texas Rangers catcher Jeff Mathis during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday May 1, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Mike Stone)
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Pirates outfielder Melky Cabrera reaches down to hit an RBI single in the fourth inning against the Rangers.
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Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Felipe Vazquez celebrates with catcher Elias Diaz after picking up the save to beat the Texas Rangers during the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday May 1, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Mike Stone)
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Pittsburgh Pirates’ J.B. Shuck beats the throw to Texas Rangers catcher Jeff Mathis during the eighth inning of a baseball game Wednesday May 1, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Mike Stone)

ARLINGTON, Texas — Rookie Bryan Reynolds is closing in on teammate Gregory Polanco for a little piece of Pittsburgh Pirates history.

Polanco is enjoying the view.

Reynolds kept up his impressive start, hitting a three-run double as the Pirates completed a two-game sweep in Texas by topping the Rangers, 7-5, on Wednesday.

A day after his first career home run put the Pirates ahead in the 11th inning of a 6-4 win that ended an eight-game losing streak, Reynolds extended his career-opening hitting streak to nine games with a liner over left fielder Joey Gallo in the fourth.

A 24-year-old outfielder acquired in the trade that sent Andrew McCutchen to San Francisco before the 2018 season, Reynolds joined Polanco as the only Pirates since 1900 with a hit in each of their first nine games in the big leagues. Polanco debuted with an 11-game streak in 2014.

“It’s fun. It happened to me,” said Polanco, who had an RBI double to help keep the Pirates in front. “It’s humbling. It’s just like playing the game. You don’t think about nothing. You just play the game.”

All four of Reynolds’ RBIs in the majors came in the two games against the Rangers. He is hitting .414.

“That’s every kid’s dream, to play in the majors, and very few people get that opportunity,” Reynolds said. “I’m lucky enough and blessed enough to have that opportunity, so I’m just trying to enjoy it.”

The Rangers hit three homers, starting with the 11th of the season from Gallo on a 114 mph liner off the fencing of the foul pole in right. On Tuesday, Gallo set a club record with 10 home runs before May 1.

Danny Santana led off the seventh with his third, also off Pirates starter Jameson Taillon. Shin-Soo Choo pulled the Rangers within 6-5 on a two-run shot against reliever Richard Rodriguez later in the inning. His fourth homer landed just beyond the wall in right over a leaping Melky Cabrera.

After an RBI single from Elias Diaz for a two-run lead, Kyle Crick pitched a perfect eighth, and Felipe Vazquez made it 2 for 2 on saves in the series, getting his eighth in eight chances by striking out Choo and pinch-hitter Hunter Pence with the tying run at second in the ninth.

Taillon (2-3) won for the second time in three starts, allowing five hits and four runs — three earned — with five strikeouts in 613 innings.

Shelby Miller gave up four runs in a fifth straight start after cruising through the first three innings. Five of six hitters reached against the Texas right-hander in the fourth, capped by Reynolds’ one-out double. Miller (1-2) allowed four hits and two walks in 313 innings.

Rougned Odor was 0 for 4 to drop to 2 for 24 since his return from a right-knee sprain when manager Chris Woodward decided on a righty-lefty matchup by using Pence against the hard-throwing lefty Vazquez. The lefty-hitting Odor’s average is down to .136.

“It hurts to have to do that because I feel like he’s going to be one of our foundational players,” Woodward said. “And he knows that. I had a good talk with him before the game. It’s not that I’ve lost any trust in him.”

Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli was out of the lineup a day after getting hit by a pitch on his left wrist. The team said there was no fracture, and it appeared unlikely he was headed for the injured list.

The Pirates are off Thursday and return to PNC Park for a Friday game against the Oakland Athletics. Right-hander Joe Musgrove (1-2, 2.06 ERA) will start for the Pirates. He worked at least six innings in each of his first five starts.

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