St. Louis, MO, United States (4E Sports) – Rookie Gerrit Cole pitched six innings of one-run ball as the Pittsburgh Pirates evened the National League Division Series at one game apiece with a 7-1 triumph over the St. Louis Cardinals Friday at Busch Stadium.
Cole (1-0) gave up two hits with a walk and five strikeouts while catcher Russell Martin knocked in two runs to help the Pirates recover from a 9-1 drubbing they suffered in Game 1.
St. Louis starter Lance Lynn (0-1) lasted just 4 1/3 innings, yielding seven hits and five runs while walking three and fanning six, as the Cardinals were limited to four hits. Yadier Molina provided the scoring for the Cardinals with a solo shot in the fifth.
Carlos Beltran, the star in St. Louis’ Game 1 win, went 1-for-4 while Matt Carpenter went hitless in three at-bats.
Cole himself started the Pirates’ scoring in the second with an RBI single that brought Alvarez home.
In the third, Alvarez clocked a two-run homer to straightaway center for his 11th long ball against the Cardinals since the start of the 2012 season.
Marlon Byrd added an RBI double in the fifth and Martin added a run-scoring single for a 5-0 lead.
Molina led off the fifth with a home run to put the Cardinals on the board but Cole dashed their comeback hopes by retiring the next three batters.
The Pirates added two more runs on Martin’s seventh-inning sacrifice fly and Marte’s eighth-inning leadoff homer off Shelby Miller to wrap up the victory.
The best-of-five series shifts to the PNC Park with Pirates’ Francisco Liriano (16-8) starting against Joe Kelly (10-5) in Sunday’s Game 3.