Karstens, Pirates roll to series win in Toronto

Final: Pirates 6, Blue Jays 2

WP: Jeff Karstens (6-4)

LP: Brett Cecil (1-3)

I seem to say the exact same thing every time Jeff Karstens starts, and that is that he once against pitched great. He went 7 innings today and gave up just 2 runs, both on solo homers. I am literally now at the point where I expect the Pirates to win now when Jeff Karstens starts. What a crazy season.

The Pirates opened up scoring in the 1st as Presley would be plated by McCutchen on a ground ball after leading off the game with his first ML triple. In the 5th, the Pirates would extend their lead to 2-0 as Presley hit Josh Harrison in with a sac fly after Harrison led off the inning with a double.

The Jays would tie it up in the 5th with their 2 solo homers and would be held scoreless the rest of the way.

The Pirates answered right back in the 6th inning when Lyle Overbay hit a lazy fly ball to left field that dropped in “Major League” style. Toronto would then throw the ball into right field and Overbay would advance to 3rd on the play. Ronny Cedeno would follow that up with an RBI double to right field to bring up the designated hitter Brandon Wood. Wood launched one over the left center field fence for his 3rd home run of the game and gave the Pirates a 5-2 lead.

Matt Diaz would add a little insurance in the 7th inning with an RBI single to score Andrew McCutchen who doubled earlier in the inning.

Chris Resop, Tony Watson, and Jose Veras would combine to pitch 2 scoreless innings to close out the game in relief of Karstens. The win gave the Pirates an 8-7 record in interleague play this year and also inched them to within 2 games of 1st place in the NL Central. Tomorrow’s game also marks the exact half way point in the season and the Pirates are guaranteed to be over .500 after that game regardless the outcome.

They will head to Washington for a 4-game series, including a double header on Saturday. Charlie Morton will take the hill for the Pirates against a familiar opponent in Tom Gorzelanny.