The Pittsburgh Pirates have kicked off their three-game series with the San Diego Padres on a positive note. The Pirates claimed the win over the Padres with a final score of 6-4 at PNC Park Tuesday evening.
After a rain delay, the game got underway at PNC Park with Chad Kuhl throwing out the first pitch to the Padres. The Padres got on the board first at the top of the first inning with two runs, as Yangervis Solarte and Alex Dickerson crossed home.
The Pirates got a single run in, scored by David Freese off a Sean Rodriguez grounded ball out to the shortstop Jose Rondon. The Pirates got another point on the board in the fourth inning when Freese scored again off a Rodriguez single to the center of the field. Rodriguez had two RBIs during the game.
However, the fifth inning was where the Pirates lit up. The Pirates scored four runs, giving them their first lead of the game. With Josh Harrison and Andrew McCutchen on base, Gregory Polanco, who finished with three RBIs, hit a three-run home run to put the Pirates on the board. Later on in the inning, Francisco Cervelli hit is a double to right field. While first baseman John Jaso was tagged out, Freese scored once again.
The Padres put two more runs up on the board, one in the eighth inning and one in the ninth inning. Wil Meyers hit a solo home run in the eighth inning off Antonio Bastardo. In the ninth inning, with Tony Watson pitching, Jabari Blash scored a solo home run. The comeback bid was denied, though, as the Pirates held on for the 6-4 win.
The Pirates will return to PNC Park on Wednesday against the Padres. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. and will feature Ryan Vogelsong facing off against Edwin Jackson for the Padres.
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