=== Walker, Alvarez homer in Pirates win ===
San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez both belted
two-run homers for the Pittsburgh Pirates, who won the middle installment of a
three-game set with the San Diego Padres, 4-1, on Tuesday at Petco Park.
Gerrit Cole (6-3) spun 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball for Pittsburgh, while
four relievers didn't allow a hit over the final 3 1/3 frames. Jason Grilli
struck out two in the ninth to nail down his ninth save of the season.
Cole allowed just the one run on four hits and a pair of walks while striking
out six to win his third straight decision. The Pirates, who took the series
opener 10-3 on Monday, have won three straight and five of six.
"When you look at the volume of work, he pitched well," Pirates manager Clint
Hurdle said of Cole, who reached 100 pitches before finishing the sixth
inning. "Gave up one run, got us close to the sixth. All his pitches were in
play. 12 batters saw five pitches or more, so that's probably what caught up
to him more than anything."
Jesse Hahn (0-1) was roughed up for four runs on six hits in 3 2/3 frames in
his major league debut.
"Jesse showed some flashes of future potential," said Padres manager Bud
Black. "Good live fastball, good curveball. He threw the ball well."
Hahn tossed a 1-2-3 top of the first inning and struck out the side in the
second around a Russell Martin single, but ran into trouble in the third.
Jordy Mercer, who was the lone player in the game to record two hits, singled
to start the frame. Cole replaced him at first base after bunting into a
fielder's choice and with two outs, Walker delivered the eventual game-winning
two-run homer to center.
Martin walked to start the fourth inning and Alvarez made it 4-0, driving a
3-1 offering just over the wall in right field.
The four runs were more than enough for Cole and Pittsburgh's bullpen. Cole
kept the Padres scoreless through five innings. Three straight singles by
Chase Headley, Seth Smith and Yonder Alonso chased Cole from the contest and
made it 4-1, but Jared Hughes induced a Jedd Gyorko groundout to end the
Tony Watson took care of the seventh inning and Mark Melancon shut the door in
the eighth to set the table for Grilli.
The Pirates improved to 7-2 against the National League West this season ...
Hahn was the first Padres pitcher with five-plus strikeouts in his major
league debut since 2008 ... San Diego reliever Jason Lane, who played parts of
six MLB seasons as an outfielder, made his season debut out of the bullpen
after getting recalled from Triple-A El Paso prior to the game. Lane tossed 3
1/3 scoreless innings of relief.
06/04 01:46:06 ET