PITTSBURGH — Pinch-hitter Wilmer Difo delivered the go-ahead single in the seventh inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat Kansas City 2-1 to end the Royals’ five-game winning streak.
Pittsburgh has won three straight games and 11 of of 16 since a 1-6 start, at 12-11 moving back above .500 for the first time since it was 1-0 in the opening week.
Kansas City has lost seven straight games in Pittsburgh since 2009.
Difo looped a single that dropped in front of a sliding Michael A. Taylor in center.
The teams will finish their series tonight at 6:35 p.m.