Pirates Hang On, Beat Blue Jays 7-6
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TORONTO (KDKA/AP) – After taking two of three from the Boston Red Sox, the Pittsburgh Pirates held on for a 7-6 win over the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday night.
Alex Presley hit his first career home run and Andrew McCutchen added one of his own, to help the Pirates get their first interleague road win in more than two years.
Kevin Correia (10-6) allowed four runs and five hits in six innings for the Pirates, who have won five of six.
Correia is 8-2 with an 2.69 ERA in 10 road starts this season. He is the first Pittsburgh pitcher since Bob Walk in 1993 to win 10 games before the All-Star break.
Joel Hanrahan worked the ninth for his 23rd save in 23 opportunities as the Pirates, who came in having lost 13 straight interleague road games, beat an AL opponent for the first time since June 17, 2009, at Minnesota.
Presley went two-for-five with three RBI in his first game since being called up from AAA Indianapolis.
McCutchen’s solo home run in the seventh inning appeared to be just insurance, but proved to be the difference in the game.
In the bottom of the seventh, Corey Patterson and Edwin Encarnacion hit solo homers of their own to cut the Pirates’ lead to one.
Jose Veras did not allow a hit in 1 2-3 innings pitched, while Hanrahan only allowed a two-out infield single in the ninth.
The teams will play the second game of their three-game set on Wednesday.
Paul Maholm (4-8, 3.21 ERA) is expected to take on Brandon Morrow (3-4, 4.90 ERA) at 7:07 p.m.