Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Andrew McCutchen finished 3-for-5 with a
home run and three RBI and the Pittsburgh Pirates used a seven-run second
inning to surge past the Milwaukee Brewers, 10-3, in the opener of a three-
game set at PNC Park.
Starling Marte and Neil Walker both had two runs batted in while Pedro Alvarez
and Russell Martin each had an RBI for the Pirates, who have won a season-
high seven straight, their longest win streak in nine years.
Gerrit Cole (4-0) had an effective outing, surrendering three runs on eight
hits and three walks in six frames.
In his Major League debut, Johnny Hellweg (0-1) was hoping for a start
anything opposite of the one he had. He was dinged for seven runs -- five
earned -- on six hits and two walks in just 1 2/3 innings of work.
Aramis Ramirez and Juan Francisco had an RBI apiece for the Brewers, who have
lost three in a row.
Down 3-0, the Pirates decided to pick on shortstop Jean Segura in the second
Garrett Jones singled and Alvarez's hit deflected off Segura's glove to start
the frame. Walker delivered a two-RBI double on the first pitch he saw to the
right-field gap to cut the deficit to one. After two walks loaded the bases
with one out, Walker crossed the plate on a Marte ground ball to right.
Martin chopped one to Segura that looked like a double play, but the ball went
past his glove on the hop to bring the score to 5-3. McCutchen hit a similar
ball to Segura and again got past him to score Marte. With two outs, Alvarez
smacked a single to left that chased Hellweg and brought in the seventh run of
A two-out, opposite-field Marte double in the third scored Cole, who slapped a
single to right to reach base.
Pittsburgh put another run on the board in the sixth when Marte tripled and
crossed the plate two batters later on a McCutchen double down the third-
McCutchen had the only homer of the game, coming in the eighth to account for
the final margin.
Milwaukee's only runs came in the first, when Cole had trouble finding
Cole walked Norichika Aoki on four pitches to begin the game, and Segura and
Carlos Gomez each followed up with singles to load the bases with no outs.
Ramirez was beamed in the elbow to walk in Aoki. Jonathan Lucroy bailed Cole
out by grounding into a double play that scored Segura and left Gomez at
third. Francisco singled to left to make it 3-0.
Milwaukee's Corey Hart will miss the remainder of the season following left
knee surgery ... The Pirates announced Friday that they signed outfielder
Austin Meadows, the ninth overall selection in the 2013 First-Year Player
Draft ... The Brewers are 13-23 on the road ... The Pirates are 9-0 after
scheduled off days ... Pirates recalled Josh Harrison from Triple-A
Indianapolis Friday and optioned catcher Tony Sanchez to Indianapolis ...
Alvarez and Segura extended their hit streaks to 11 games, while Brewers
second baseman Rickie Weeks upped his to a career-high 12 games.
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