Pirates 9, Indians 5
Pedro Alvarez had one of his best games yet. Still, it was a win
by the Pittsburgh Pirates that had him really excited.
Alvarez drove in a career-high six runs with his second
two-homer game in two days, powering Pittsburgh past the Cleveland
Indians 9-5 Sunday.
”I’m just glad to help us win the series,” Alvarez said as
music blared in the clubhouse following the Pirates’ second victory
in three games, giving them a sixth series win in their last seven
Alvarez seemed unfazed by his own accomplishment – hitting
three-run homers in the fourth and fifth innings for his fourth
career multihomer game. He also doubled, for his first game of
three extra-base hits.
His previous two multihomer games also came in consecutive
games, July 20-21 against Milwaukee.
”It’s just coincidence,” Alvarez said of homering twice in
consecutive games once again.
Manager Clint Hurdle said Alvarez has worked hard to lift his
average to .207 with a team-high 12 homers and 34 RBIs, three
behind team leader Andrew McCutchen. Alvarez has 10 RBIs in four
games after going 10 games without any.
”He’s worked hard to get to a better place,” Hurdle said. ”He
drove one ball to right, then took advantage of a mistake and hit
another. He had a very good day at the plate.”
Tony Watson (4-0), the second of five Pirates pitchers, worked 1
2-3 innings of relief for the win.
Jeanmar Gomez (4-6) allowed eight runs – four earned – over 4
1-3 innings for Cleveland, which lost for the fifth time in six
games. Eight runs came directly after three errors by shortstop
”It was a bad day for me,” Cabrera said. ”We lost the game
right there on the errors I made.”
Pittsburgh scored nine runs for the second straight game after
totaling 13 runs during a four-game losing streak.
Alvarez became the first Pirates player with six RBIs in a game
since Andy LaRoche did it Sept. 28, 2009, against the Los Angeles
Cleveland’s Jason Kipnis had three hits and scored twice. He put
the Indians ahead with two outs in the first inning by hitting his
team-leading 11th homer, off Pirates starter Brad Lincoln. Casey
Kotchman’s run-scoring single made it 2-0 in the second.
Alvarez put the Pirates up 3-2 in the fourth. His line drive
into the right field seats came after Cabrera fielded a two-out
grounder by Casey McGehee, but threw it away.
Shin-Soo Choo sent Cleveland back in front with a two-run double
in the bottom half. Hurdle thought left fielder Alex Presley should
have caught line drive hit just over his head.
”We gave them a gift run,” Hurdle said. ”It should have been
a sacrifice fly. That ball needs to be caught.”
Presley came back in the fifth with his fifth homer, and second
in two days to tie it at 4.
Later in the inning, Cabrera made two errors on a potential
inning-ending double play grounder by McGehee with the bases
loaded. Cabrera ranged near second base and lifted his glove too
soon on the play. The ball trickled away as one run scored. Cabrera
then tried to scoop it to Kipnis at second for a forceout, but
rolled it past him instead, as another Pirate crossed the
”That was a perfect groundball for a double play,” Cabrera
said. ”I missed the ball so I tried to get it to Kipnis.”
Esmil Rogers then replaced Gomez and Alvarez hit a 1-1 pitch
over the wall in right for his 12th homer and 9-4 lead.
”That made me feel bad, too, but there’s nothing I can do,”
Cabrera said. ”It (the errors) already happened. You have to
finish the game.”
Cabrera had only three errors in his first 55 games and had not
made a miscue in 33 games since May 7.
”You are not going to see that team make three errors in a game
often,” Hurdle said. ”We made them pay. We were able to add on
and that’s usually a difference maker.”
With one out in the ninth, Cabrera lined a ball off the wall in
right, but wasn’t running full speed around first base. He tried to
hustle to second for a double, but was thrown out by right fielder
Cabrera said he thought the ball was going to be caught.
Michael Brantley, whose 22-game hitting streak was snapped
Saturday, doubled home Kipnis in the seventh.
NOTES: Pittsburgh won a series for only the second time in their
last 21 road interleague matchups. … Pirates RHP Daniel McCutchen
(strained oblique) had his rehab assignment moved to Triple-A
Indianapolis from Class A Bradenton. … Indians RHP Derek Lowe is
scheduled to start Monday against Cincinnati – his first outing
since being brushed back by a pitch from Reds RHP Mat Latos. Reds
manager Dusty Baker admitted he ordered the pitch. He and Lowe have
feuded for a few years. … Kipnis has a streak of 15 consecutive
stolen base attempts. He is 17 for 18 overall. … The last
Cleveland player with three errors in a game was 3B Andy Marte,
June 10, 2010. … Cleveland released RHP Hector Ambriz from
Triple-A Columbus to clear room for LHP Scott Barnes, optioned out