Final Score: Pittsburgh 6, LA Angels of Anaheim 1
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Pedro Alvarez, Andrew McCutchen and Gaby
Sanchez each clubbed home runs to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-1 victory
over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Saturday.
Alvarez continued to swing a hot bat, homering for a third straight day and
for the fourth time during his seven-game hitting streak.
Pittsburgh has taken the first two of this three-game interleague set. Alvarez
and Sanchez each had two hits and the Pirates totaled 10 as a team to provide
starter Francisco Liriano (6-3) with plenty of support.
The veteran lefty tossed 6 2/3 frames of one-run ball, scattering seven hits
and three walks while striking out six. He was supplied with three early runs
and successfully kept the Angels from getting into any rhythm offensively.
"We don't have to depend on one or two guys, everyone is coming through," said
McCutchen. "Liriano has been awesome since he's been here."
Mike Trout drove in Los Angeles' only run with a base hit in the seventh.
The Angels had won six of eight prior to dropping the first two games of
Jerome Williams (5-3) was ripped up for five runs -- four earned -- on eight
hits and two walks over six innings.
"I thought Jerome's stuff was good, he just missed a few spots," said Angels
manager Mike Scioscia. "We have to stay aggressive, we haven't swung the bats
well the last two games."
Alvarez's homer with one away in the second inning began a three-run frame for
Pittsburgh. Sanchez and Neil Walker followed with singles and Travis Snider
hit into a force out at second to put runners at the corners.
Williams then served up an RBI base hit to Jordy Mercer and an ensuing
fielding error by his third baseman Alberto Callaspo allowed the Pirates to
load the bases. Russell Martin then earned a five-pitch walk to make it 3-0.
Walker doubled to center to start the fourth and Pittsburgh took a 4-0 lead on
Snider's ground ball base hit up the middle.
Liriano gave up his third straight hit in the fourth on a single from Erick
Aybar, but Starling Marte kept the Angels off the board when he fielded the
hit into left and fired home to nab Howie Kendrick at the plate.
The Angels finally got on the board in the seventh when J.B. Shuck reached
with a ground-rule double and scored on Trout's single to center, but by then
it was 5-1.
McCutchen had homered in the fifth to provide Pittsburgh with its fifth run
and Sanchez answered the Angels' score with a two-out solo shot in the eighth.
Trout and Albert Pujols both came to the plate in the ninth with a pair of
runners on base, but Pittsburgh reliever Justin Wilson forced them both into
outs to end the game.
The Pirates are 13-4 when Alvarez homers and 22-7 when he drives in at least
one run ... The Angels are 1-19 when scoring two runs or fewer ... Los Angeles
outfielder Josh Hamilton sat for a second straight game with a sore right
wrist ... The Angels were 3-for-10 with RISP and left 11 men on base.
06/23 01:34:21 ET
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