PITTSBURGH (Ticker) --
endured a wild debut for the
Four days after being acquired from the
San Diego Padres
, Perez yielded three hits and three walks in a seven-run third inning as the
rolled to a 13-6 victory over the Pirates.
singled home a run and
each had two-run doubles in the third off Perez (4-8) before rookie
with a two-run homer.
Coincidentally, Hessman was optioned to Class AAA Richmond right after the game, but will return when rosters are expanded in September. He was recalled on August 18.
hit a solo homer off Figueroa to increase the lead to 8-1.
"It's nice to see the bats break out," said
. "We're capable of it and it's nice to see. We hadn't been swinging the bats well the last couple of days."
A three-run homer by
in the fourth inning and RBI singles by
in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively, pulled the Pirates within 8-6.
The single for
extended his hitting streak to 17 games.
But the Braves broke open the game again with five runs in the ninth against relievers
. Sheffield had a two-run double for his third hit of the game and scored on a single by
followed with a two-run homer.
(9-4) picked up his first win since July 7 despite allowing five runs and 10 hits in seven innings.
"He (Ramirez) made one bad pitch to (Craig) Wilson and he deposited it," said Braves manager
. "It was good to get seven innings out of him to give our bullpen a rest.
, acquired on waivers from San Diego on Friday, pitched a scoreless ninth.
Perez retired just one of seven batters in the third inning and was charged with six runs and four hits.
"I'm not disappointed," Perez said through an interpreter. "I was not nervous, I just didn't make the right pitches. My slider was working pretty well, but I got behind too many hitters."
The lefthander walked
and Giles to start the third before Sheffield's RBI single. After walking
, Perez retired
on a popout. But after back-to-back two-run doubles by Lopez and DeRosa, Pirates manager
"I'm sure he was a little excited, a little pumped up," McClendon said. "He certainly showed good stuff, but lost the plate."