Longball Lifts Pirates Over Tribe; Pirates 9, Indians 2
By Ryan Hohman
Cleveland struck first in the first inning on Asbrubal Cabrera’s sixth home run of the season, a solo shot.
The Pirates extended their lead to 2-1 in the third inning on a Garrett Jones RBI single.
In the fifth inning, Casey Kotchman smacked his fifth home run of the season (his first at Progressive Field) to right field to tie up the game 2-2.
Casey McGehee answered Kotchman’s homer in the sixth with a blast of his own, a two-run shot, to give Pittsburgh a 4-2 advantage.
Tony Sipp relieved Jimenez in the seventh. Jimenez went six innings, giving up four runs on 7 hits while striking out six and walking two.
After striking out the first batter he faced, things took a turn for the worst for Sipp. Ahead in the count, Sipp challenged Alex Presley with a fastball over the plate that Presley hammered over the right field fence to give the Pirates a 5-2 lead. Joe Smith came on in relief of Sipp to finish the inning.
A.J. Burnett was replaced by Jared Hughes in the sixth inning. Burnett was solid all afternoon, going six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on six hits while striking out two and walking four.
The Pirates tacked on four more runs in the ninth off Nick Hagadone. Two of those runs came from an RBI single by Casey McGehee and the other two on a mammoth two-run home run by Pedro Alvarez, his second of the game.
Michael Brantley‘s 22 game hitting streak came to an end when he failed to get a hit in his final at bat in the eighth.
Johnny Damon drew his 1,000th career walk in the sixth, becoming the 114th player in major league baseball history to do so.
Jason Kipnis picked up his team leading 16th stolen base of the season in the first inning.
The rubber match of this three game inter-league series is slated for Sunday at 1:05pm ET. Jeanmar Gomez (4-5, 4.71) will take the ball for the Tribe against 27 year old righty Brad Lincoln (3-2, 3.15).
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