Kevin Correia collects first home win in a year; Bucs continue to roll

Final: Pirates 7, Twins 2

WP: Kevin Correia (3-6, 4.12 ERA)

LP: Scott Diamond (5-3, 2.57 ERA)

Kevin Correia hadn’t won a game at PNC Park since June 22nd of last season. He looked at home on the mound this evening tossing 5 1/3 scoreless frames before giving way to the bullpen.

The Pirates’ offensive outburst continued as Josh Harrison started things off with a solo homer in the 1st inning. In the 5th, Casey McGehee would plate a run on a sac fly and the Bucs would add two more in the 6th on an RBI double by Clint Barmes and a ground out by Matt Hague.

The Twins’ only runs came on a two-run homer by Denard Span in the 7th to cut the lead to 4-2, but the Pirates would answer back as Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run blast of his own. Rod Barajas would cap things off with a sac fly top put things far out of reach.

The win bumped the Bucs’ record up to 35-31 and moved within 2 1/2 games of the Reds in the NL Central. They’re also just a half game back in the Wildcard standings.

Pedro Alvarez followed up his back-to-back multi-HR games by going 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. In these past three games, he is now 7 for 11 with four home runs, two doubles, two walks, and no strikeouts.

Clint Barmes was 3 for 4 to raise his batting average to .200, the first time this season it has ever been that high. He’s raised his average 30 points in the month of June.

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