PITTSBURGH (Ticker) --
may need a spring training refresher course.
Grabow and Simon botched a pair of infield grounders to trigger a four-run seventh inning that gave the
a 6-2 victory over the
, who had a 10-game home winning streak snapped.
"We had a chance to win it and a couple of mental mistakes cost us some runs. That was pretty much the ballgame," Pittsburgh manager
Grabow (0-4) had worked out of a first-and-third, non-out jam in the sixth and nearly extricated himself from a worse situation in the seventh. With the score tied, 2-2, he loaded the bases before getting
to bounce into a 1-2-3 double play.
After an intentional walk to
reloaded the bases,
hit a grounder to Simon at first. It is the sort of play pitchers and first basemen practice endlessly in spring training.
But Grabow was slow coming off the mound to cover the bag, and Simon hesitated before trying to race Sledge to the base. Sledge beat it out for a hit, scoring
also came streaking around from second on the play, making it 4-2.
"I got a little help," Sledge said. "He didn't cover the bag. The first couple of steps, I saw Simon was too far away and Grabow was still near the mound. I knew I was going to beat the pitcher. I knew my job was to beat Simon to the bag."
Simon did not speak with reporters afterward, but Grabow took the blame.
"That's something that I have to do. I didn't get it done today," Grabow said. "I take full responsibility. I'm not going to make any excuses. I messed up tonight. I just didn't field my position. If I do, we're out of the inning."
"It's frustrating," McClendon said. "We have young players that have played extremely well for the last month. From time to time they are going to make these mistakes."
Grabow made the same mistake on the next batter, getting a late break on
's grounder to first. Cabrera beat it out, and
- recalled from the minor leagues earlier in the day - slapped a two-run single to center field.
"It's a good feeling the first day to be able to contribute to a win," Calloway said. "I was happy that Frank (manager
) gave me a chance to get an at-bat with somebody in scoring position. Showing confidence in me, I just wanted to let him know I can get the job done."
(3-0), who needed just two pitches to get the final out of the sixth, was the winner. Starter
's two-run homer in the first but combined with four relievers to surrender just four hits thereafter.
Pittsburgh had not lost at PNC Park since June 20 against Seattle.
"Mistakes are going to happen no matter who's out there," said Wilson, whose 18th homer matched his career high from last season. "You can have a guy with 10 years or one with one day. It just didn't go our way today."
allowed two runs - one earned - and six hits in five innings, walking three and striking out two. His error in the third allowed the Expos to tie it, 2-2.