Running out of fireworks: Pirates blast 7 homers in domination over Mets


A home run fest turned into a light show at PNC Park on Friday night.

The Pittsburgh Pirates hit so many homers against the New York Mets the team ran out of fireworks.

Yes, you read that right.

The Pirates blasted seven home runs en route to a 14-2 clobbering of the Mets. It’s the fifth time in franchise history Pittsburgh hit at least five homers in a game.

A Pirates home run leads to fireworks popping off in the night sky. When Pittsburgh first baseman Rowdy Tellez hit the team’s seventh, a 403-foot grand slam to center field in the bottom of the eighth inning, there was no sound beyond the celebration from fans.

Pittsburgh had no more fireworks.

“We hit so many home runs that we ran out of fireworks. We’re being serious,” the Pirates wrote in a post on X.

Pittsburgh has several fireworks nights at PNC Park throughout the season. The Pirates’ fireworks shows are sponsored by Zambelli, a fireworks company based in the Pittsburgh area.

Tellez and Bryan Reynolds led the Pirates with two homers each. Reynolds has 114 career home runs, tying Bobby Bonilla for most homers hit by a switch hitter in franchise history. Jack Suwinski, Yasmani Grandal and Michael Taylor also recorded home runs for Pittsburgh.

On the mound, Paul Skenes, the Pirates rookie pitching sensation, had another sensational performance. He went seven innings, giving up two runs on four hits and recorded eight strikeouts. Skenes improves to 5-0 on the season and has seven or more strikeouts in nine of his 10 career outings, an MLB record.

Pittsburgh may be three games below .500 and third in the National League Central, but Friday will be remembered for the bats coming alive against an NL foe.

Time to refill the fireworks supply.

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(Photo: Justin Berl / Getty Images)





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