Pirates get 16 hits in 10-3 romp over Padres

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - At the end of the longest nine-inning game in San Diego Padres history, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle summed it up best Monday night.

“It’s time to go home,” he said.

Jordy Mercer homered and matched a career high with four of Pittsburgh’s 16 hits in a 10-3 romp over the Padres.

Neil Walker added three hits and three RBIs, and Josh Harrison also had three hits to help Pittsburgh win for the ninth time in 13 games.

The Pirates are enjoying their West Coast swing so far. After taking three of four at Dodger Stadium, they headed south and won again in a game that took 4 hours, 4 minutes.

“It was a long one, that’s for sure,” Mercer said. “But it is always good when you score a lot of runs.”

Charlie Morton (2-7) tied a career best with nine strikeouts in five innings. He allowed two runs and three hits in winning for the first time in five road starts this year.

Three relievers finished the five-hitter after Morton’s curveball baffled the Padres.

“He was still dealing with baserunners,” Hurdle said. “But he was able to compete and get outs when he needed to. He gave us five solid innings.”

Mercer scored four times from the No. 8 spot in the batting order and went 4 for 5 to raise his average 20 points to .219. He entered with one home run and seven RBIs in 146 at-bats.

“The people believe in me here,” Mercer said. “Having that support, having that confidence every time, it’s nice.”

Hurdle talked about how dangerous this Pirates lineup can be.

Mercer agreed.

“I think when we all get hot there’s no telling what we can do,” Mercer said. “The sky’s the limit for us because we can hit the ball out of the ballpark, we can run, we can do all sorts of stuff. It’s just a matter of us all clicking together.”

Tim Stauffer (2-2) lasted only 2 2-3 innings, his second consecutive disappointing start since being inserted into the rotation because of elbow injuries to Andrew Cashner and Robbie Erlin.

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