PITTSBURGH -- The New York Mets chased Gerrit Cole after four innings, stole five bases, and ran to a 5-3 win Saturday over the Pittsburgh Pirates in Cole's return to the mound.
Cole was officially reinstated from the disabled list Saturday following a bout with shoulder fatigue and struggled with his command.
Stolmy Pimentel was sharp in three shutout innings of relief, striking out seven, and Ernesto Frieri made his Pirates debut in the ninth by putting the Mets down in order.
The Pirates trailed 5-0 and chipped away with a pair of runs in the fourth and a third in the fifth, but couldn't get on base in the sixth, seventh, eighth, or ninth innings.
Cole gave up three runs in the first on four hits and a wild pitch, throwing 26 pitches. He gave up two more runs in the second inning.
Eric Young Jr. and Curtis Granderson both walked and moved into scoring position on a double steal. The pair scored when Daniel Murphy stroked a one-out single to make it 5-0.
Cole was visited twice by pitching coach Ray Searage through two innings.
By the end of the fourth his pitch count had soared to 93, following a 10-pitch groundout to Daniel Murphy that included a deep fly ball to right field that hooked just foul.
The Pirates loaded the bases in the bottom of the fourth inning and plated two runs on back-to-back bases-loaded walks by Jonathon Niese.
Starling Marte pinch hit for Cole when his turn in the order came up and struck out looking on an inside fastball that drew some ire from the Pirates bench.
Gregory Polanco was stymied by a curveball and struck out swinging to end the inning.
Cole's night was done at four innings. He gave up seven hits, five earned runs, walked three and struck out four. He threw one wild pitch.
Neil Walker singled in Gaby Sanchez in the fifth inning to cap a three-hit, two-out rally, but it ended there as Pedro Alvarez grounded out to shortstop.
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