Final: Pirates 7, Blue Jays 6
WP: Kevin Correia (10-6)
LP: Jo-Jo Reyes (3-7)
SV: Joel Hanrahan (23)
Alex Presley sure knows how to get on Pirates’ fans good side. He opened up the scoring in the 3rd inning with a 2-run homer to give the Bucs a 2-0 lead. They would stay ahead the remainder of the game.
Kevin Correia picked up his 10th win to move into a 3-way tie in that category in the National League. In 6 innings, Correia gave up 4 runs on 5 hits, 2 of which were homers.
The Pirates’ damage was mostly done in the 4th inning after Toronto moved it to a 2-1 game. Matt Diaz would hit an RBI astroturf-aided triple. He would later score on an infield single by Garrett Jones. Jones would come around to score on an RBI single by Presley. And Cedeno would then score on an Neil Walker single to make it a 6-1 game.
Andrew McCutchen would add a 7th run in the 7th inning with a solo homer, his 11th of the year to give the Pirates some insurance with a 7-4 lead after the Jays would pick up 2 runs in the 5th and 1 in the 6th.
Tony Watson would start off the bottom of the 7th on the mound in relief of Correia and would give up back-to-back homers to Corey Patterson and Edwin Encarnacion (his 2nd of the game). Resop would then walk a batter and give up a double and the Pirates lead looked to be lost with runners on 2nd and 3rd with no one out. Resop would get a big strikeout of Eric Thames and would intentionally walk Jose Bautista. Jose Veras came in to work his magic and boy did he do it. Aaron Lind would hit a laser to the right side. Fortunately it was right at Lyle Overbay, who stepped on first for an easy double play. Crisis averted.
Veras would then pitch a 1-2-3 8th inning and Joel Hanrahan would do his thing in the 9th. Ball game.
It was an excellent win by the Bucs as it is always nice to see the offense breakout like they did. Even Matt Diaz had 3 hits.