Final: Pirates 5, Astros 2
Andrew McCutchen was 4 for 4 for the 2nd time this week as he belted his 3rd home run of the season to lead the Pirates to a much-needed win Saturday night.
Charlie Morton pitched well enough to earn the win as he gave up just two runs (one earned) over six innings. He did not strike out a batter but was able to get his sinker going, forcing 14 ground ball outs.
The Pirates scored early in the first thanks to a lead off triple by Jose Tabata and they would lead the remainder of the game. Tabata would also add a solo homer later in the game.
After McCutchen’s 4 for 4 night, he is now hitting .342/.403/.495. Since coming back from the flu, ‘Cutch is 11 for 17 (.647) with three homers. It was his 3rd four-hit night this year, tying him for most in the Majors.
The Pirates’ bullpen combined for three scoreless innings and Juan Cruz pitched a scoreless 9th for his third save of the year. The previous two saves were earned when Joel Hanrahan tweaked his hamstring. Cruz is looking like one very solid minor league free agent signing.
Pedro Alvarez ended his slump with an opposite field double in the 6th inning tonight. He also drew a walk. He had been 0 for his last six games before tonight.