MLB Game Summary - Kansas City at Pittsburgh|
(Sunday, June 10th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 3, Kansas City 2
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Andrew McCutchen's three runs batted in
powered the Pirates to a 3-2 win over the Royals, finishing off a three-game
McCutchen picked up two of the Pirates' five hits on the day, including an RBI
double and two-run home run.
"I haven't been feeling too great the last few days," McCutchen said. "But I
figured a couple things out in the cage and was able to make it show forth
A.J. Burnett (6-2) picked up the Pirates' sixth win in seven games after
allowing two runs in 7 1/3 innings on five hits and six strikeouts.
"Good tempo, good rhythm today. On a hot day he was really efficient," Pirates
manager Clint Hurdle said. "It was a very, very solid performance all across
the board for A.J. today."
Bruce Chen (5-6), coming off seven shutout innings against Minnesota, gave up
all three runs in five innings on four hits and a walk in the Royals' fourth
Alex Gordon delivered the Royals' first hit in the sixth inning and finished
2-for-5 with a run scored, but struck out with two men on in the ninth inning.
The Royals threatened to tie the game in each of the final three innings,
stranding six runners, including two in the ninth. After a one-out walk put
runners at first and second, Jason Grilli struck out Gordon and Johnny
Giavotella to pick up his first save of the year.
"I'm done with making excuses," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "It's a hard
game, there's nothing easy about it and they will, they will drive in runs,
but we're just not doing it right now."
McCutchen spotted the Pirates a first-inning lead with an RBI double to score
Alex Presley, who led off with a single.
The Pirates' center fielder struck again in the third with his 11th home run
over the left-field fence, giving Pittsburgh a three-run advantage.
"Both times he had two strikes and I'm trying to get a strikeout," Chen said.
"We're trying to make him chase the ball. That's what the scouting report
After cruising early on, Burnett ran into trouble in the seventh. Brayan Pena
stroked a one-out double to right and came around to score when Alicides
Escobar delivered a ground-rule double to pull the Royals within two.
The Royals chased Burnett after picking up a pair of one-out singles in the
eighth. Tony Watson replaced Burnett and allowed one of the inherited runners
to score on a groundout. After walking the next hitter, Hurdle turned
to Juan Cruz, who struck out Mitch Maier with the bases loaded to preserve
Pittsburgh's lead after walking Pena.
Joel Hanrahan, who pitched four of the last five days, was unavailable so the
Pirates turned to Grilli for the save.
The Pirates have won four straight games...The Pirates have the best record in
the majors since May 25 (12-3)...Burnett is 4-0 with a 1.28 earned run average
at PNC Park this year...The Pirates are 8-1 in games started by an opposing
left-handed pitcher...McCutchen has 17 hits in his last 29 at-bats against
lefties...The last time the Pirates swept an American League team was June
15-17, 2001 against the Cleveland Indians...The Pirates are 17-10 in one-
run games...Burnett has won five straight starts...Eric Hosmer's 11-game
hitting streak ended...Chen is 2-3 in seven road starts with a 5.54 ERA...The
Royals left nine men on base...Kansas City went 2-for-12 with runners in
06/10 19:58:15 ET