Both of Alvarez's home runs came against Cardinals starter
Shelby Miller (0-1), who surrendered five runs and six hits — including three homers — in 5 1/3 innings. Cole (1-0) went seven
strong frames, allowing two runs and six hits in a crisp
Russell Martin and Andrew McCutchen drove in two runs each for
the Pirates while Starling Marte recorded three hits and Travis
Snider scored twice. Matt Carpenter's two-run homer accounted
for all the offense by the Cardinals.
The Pirates initially took a 3-0 lead behind a trio of solo home
runs — Alvarez's blasts in the second and fourth innings and
Travis Ishikawa's homer later in the fourth. Carpenter drew the
Cardinals within a run with his two-run shot in the fifth, but
the Pirates answered with three more runs in the sixth,
including RBI singles by Martin and Gaby Sanchez.
Pittsburgh added an extra run in the seventh on Martin's single
and five more in the eighth, highlighted by McCutchen's two-run
triple. Jose Tabata, Snider and Alvarez also drove in
eighth-inning runs for the Pirates, who had only scored seven
total runs in 35 innings in their opening three-game series with
GAME NOTEBOOK: The game was delayed for just over an hour prior
to first pitch. ... Alvarez has six career multi-homer games — the most by a third baseman in Pirates history. ... The
fourth-through-eighth hitters in the St. Louis lineup combined
to go 0-for-17.
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