The Pittsburgh Pirates pulled up to just a half-game back from the National League Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals after Francisco Liriano had another quality start.
Liriano moves to an 11-4 record after winning his fifth straight start, recording eight strikeouts, two walks, and just one earned run through seven innings.
Pittsburgh’s bats showed up early smacking four runs on the board against Cardinals’ starter Jake Westbrook. Pedro Alvarez had a three-run home run for his 27th home run of the season, which leads the NL. The Pirates wouldn’t score again until they pulled away with five more runs in the seventh inning.
Andrew McCutchen went 2-5 with an RBI, who brought in leadoff hitter Jose Tabata in the first inning for the first score of the game. McCutchen also got in on a single by switch hitter Alex Presley in the seventh.
The Pirates still went just 5-13 with runners in scoring position, showing how much they dominated the Cardinals’ pitching tonight. Westbrook was charged with the loss giving up four hits and four earned runs, falling to 7-5 overall.
This was the Cardinals’ fourth straight loss overall. Four more games will be played over the next three days with a doubleheader on Tuesday.