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Alvarez, McCutchen Lift Bucs Past Phils 6-5, Locke Improves To 8-1

July 4, 2013

Pedro Alvarez slammed a three-run home run, and Andrew McCutchen reached base five times in five plate appearances as the Pittsburgh Pirates edged the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.

A 13-hit night for the Pirates (52-31) gave starter Jeff Locke his eighth win of the season.  Locke (8-1; 2.12 ERA) left the game in the sixth inning after throwing 99 pitches.  He allowed three runs (2 earned) and 7 hits, struck out two batters and walked three.  The Pirates used four relievers, and Jason Grilli earned his 28th save, despite allowing a two-run home run to Domonic Brown with two out in the ninth inning.

Alvarez’s 21st homer gave the Bucs a 4-1 lead in the fifth inning.  He went 2-for-4, and is now hitting .243.  McCutchen raised his batting average to an even .300 with a triple, two singles and two walks.  Russell Martin contributed a pair of RBI base hits.  Neil Walker was 2-for-4.  Gaby Sanchez scored a run on a wild pitch.

Brown and Delmon Young both recorded three of the 11 hits garnered by the Phillies (40-45).  Ben Revere and Kevin Frandsen were both responsible for RBI singles.  Carlos Ruiz scored on a fielding error.  Philadelphia starter John Lannan (1-3; 5.15 ERA) took the loss.

With the win, the Pirates maintained a two-game lead in the National league Central Division over the St. Louis Cardinals (50-33), who trounced the Los Angeles Angels 12-2 in Anaheim.

The rubber game of the series will be played at 1:35 PM on the Fourth of July with Pittsburgh rookie Gerrit Cole (4-0; 3.70 ERA) scheduled to face the Phillies’ Cole Hamel (2-11; 4.58 ERA).

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