Alvarez’s homer helps Pirates beat Rays
Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run homer to back the pitching of Edinson Volquez and lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to an 8-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.
Andrew McCutchen went 3 for 5, drove in two runs and stole two bases for the Pirates in a homecoming of sorts for the 2013 NL MVP, who grew up in nearby Fort Meade and had never played before at Tropicana Field. He also scored twice in Pittsburgh’s first appearance in St. Petersburg since 2003.
Pirates slip past Cubs for 2-1 victory
Brandon Cumpton’s first career game at Wrigley Field looked a lot like his previous three starts. It was another smooth outing for the young right-hander.
Harrison powers Pirates past Cubs
Gregory Polanco felt he was safe. Standing in the on-deck circle, Josh Harrison thought the rangy rookie had another hit. Same for manager Clint Hurdle.
It turns out they were right.
Polanco was awarded first after a replay review and Harrison followed with a drive to right for a two-run homer, leading Vance Worley and the Pittsburgh Pirates to a rain-delayed 5-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night.
Morton struggles as Pirates lose to Cubs
Charlie Morton hung a curveball to the wrong batter at the wrong time, and it proved costly for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Morton yielded a home run to Starlin Castro for the third time this season, a three-run shot that sent the Chicago Cubs to a 6-3 victory on Friday.
Pirates beat Reds on Martin walk-off walk in 12th
Pirates catcher Russell Martin didn’t start Thursday’s game. Rather, he ended it.
Martin drew a bases-loaded walk off Tony Cingrani with two outs in the 12th inning and Pittsburgh beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 to avoid a three-game sweep.
Snider mops up in Pirates’ 11-4 loss to Reds
At the end of a long and otherwise unsuccessful night, Travis Snider gave the Pirates something to smile about.
Pittsburgh’s reserve outfielder made his first major league mound appearance in ninth inning mop-up duty, allowing two runs, but striking out 2010 NL MVP Joey Votto on a 2-2 changeup to end the inning in the Pirates’ 11-4 loss to Cincinnati on Wednesday night.
McCutchen homers as Pirates beat Marlins
Boosted by a torrid stretch at the plate, the Pittsburgh Pirates have returned to .500 again. Judging by the hitting and pitching they got on Saturday, they could have a winning record soon.
Andrew McCutchen hit a three-run homer and Jody Mercer also went deep, leading the Pirates to an 8-6 victory over the Miami Marlins.
Polanco helps Pirates beat Marlins, 8-6
Gregory Polanco broke a tie in the 13th inning with his first major league homer, and the Pittsburgh Pirates overcame a ninth-inning meltdown to beat the Miami Marlins 8-6 Friday night.
Polanco, playing in his fourth big league game, went 5 for 7, scored three times and made a run-saving catch in right field.
McCutchen stays hot; Pirates top Cubs, 4-0
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has coined a phrase for where star center fielder Andrew McCutchen is at the moment.
“(He’s) McHot,” Hurdle said.
For once, it might be an understatement.
The reigning National League MVP had two doubles and two RBIs to lift the Pirates to a 4-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night. McCutchen is batting .428 (18 of 42) this month, with 15 of his hits going for extra bases.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Pirates’ Polanco is a picture-perfect prospect
On Tuesday evening there moved on Twitter a captivating photograph from deep within the bowels of PNC Park — yes, even beautiful structures such as Pittsburgh’s gem of a stadium have inner passages that can be called nothing less than bowels — the kind of photograph that belongs in the Hall of Fame of Baseball Photographs, if there was one.
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