PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Home runs by Garrett Jones and Pedro Alvarez turned a scoreless game into a blowout in the fifth inning Wednesday, as the Pirates busted the game open to beat Colorado, 5-1, in Game 2 of a double-header at PNC Park.
With Andrew McCutchen on first base, Jones blasted a 436-foot home run into the right field stands and the Buccos took a 4-0 lead. The very next batter, Alvarez sent his own shot to right field, clanking a pitch from Jhoulys Chacin off the foul pole.
Nate McLouth drove in Alex Presley with a double to start the scoring in the fifth, and McCutchen singled in McLouth.
That was all Pirates starter Charlie Morton needed to earn his first win of the season, as he pitched seven innings and allowed just one run on six hits on 101 pitches.
Brad Lincoln pitched the final two innings without allowing a hit and striking out two.
Jones went 3 for 4 from the plate with a homer and two RBIs.
Alvarez went 2 for 4 with a homer and a double. Alvarez’s homer was his second of the day, as he belted another solo shot in Game 1.
Chris Gates | Bucs Blog