Pirates starting pitcher James McDonald started off in a precarious position, walking three batters and allowing a run for a 1-0 Houston lead.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Clint Barmes, pinch-hitter Alex Presley and Garrett Jones each homered in a four-run sixth inning that snapped a tie, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 14-5 in a game that began in 101-degree heat Friday night.
Here’s what James McDonald, Clint Hurdle, Garrett Jones and Rod Barajas had to say after Thursday’s win.
Pirates starter James McDonald continued his dominance of Major League Baseball Thursday night, earning his sixth win of the season and his first career complete game in a 9-1 victory against Minnesota.
(93-7 The FAN) — Back-to-back doubles by Clint Barmes and Michael McKenry in the top of the 10th inning gave the Pirates enough to earn a 5-4 win Thursday night and take two of three games from NL Central leading Cincinnati.
Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones hit consecutive homers and James McDonald struck out eight and won for the third time in four starts when the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-5 Sunday.
Brooks Conrad ended his season-long drought with a bang. Conrad homered for his first hit of the year after an 0-for-27 start and drove in three runs to lead the injury-depleted Milwaukee Brewers past the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1 Saturday night.
(93-7 The FAN) — Pirates starter A.J. Burnett righted the ship and went seven strong innings of one-run baseball. In turn, the Bucco bats delivered just enough run support to earn a 2-1 win against Cincinnati Wednesday night, 2-1.
(93-7 The FAN) — The Pittsburgh Pirates climbed back to the .500 mark on the season, winning their fourth straight game Monday in a 4-1 victory against Cincinnati.
Pedro Alvarez, Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones homered, Erik Bedard pitched six shutout innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat Chicago 10-4 Sunday and sent the Cubs to their 12th consecutive defeat.
(93-7 The FAN) — Things spiraled out of control for Pirates starting pitcher Kevin Correia in the fourth inning Tuesday night at Miami.
Chris Gates | 93-7 The FAN — Predictably, much of the post-game chatter was in response to Strasburg and his performance.
(93-7 The FAN) — Washington starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg lived up to the hype Thursday night, striking out 13 Pirates batters in a 4-2 Nationals win.
Chris Gates | 93-7 The FAN — Call me the eternal optimist, but Tuesday night’s walk-off victory for the Pirates is the type of win that can vault a team on a hot streak.
Rod Barajas smacked a two-run homer of his own to left field with two outs in the ninth inning for a 5-4 Pirates win.
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