The team improved to 28-24 and are tied with the Chicago Cubs for second in the National League Central.
With fastball command the goal, left-hander Locke threw the first of two between-starts side sessions Tuesday.
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Gerrit Cole cruised to the fourth and fifth innings and began the sixth with a 4-3 lead, but loaded the bases with two singles and a walk.
Poll Question: Who finishes the season with a lower ERA? Gerrit Cole (71%) A.J. Burnett (29%)
The Pirates coaching staff believes they have a good combination with Gerrit Cole and Chris Stewart; Jeff Locke will make his next start.
The Pirates begin a three-game series today against the Giants, who went 21-9 in May, in San Francisco.
Andrew McCutchen’s resurgence continues, while the Pirates have improved at controlling the running game.
Pedro Alvarez doubled and scored, and the trio atop the lineup – Josh Harrison, Gregory Polanco and Andrew McCutchen – had two hits apiece.
Pirates rest Kang in conjunction with Morton’s start to strengthen infield defense, bring Kang along with major league schedule.
With Charlie Morton back and the starting rotation humming at a record pace, Vance Worley finds himself a starter without a place to start.
“It was the throw to first. That’s it. I messed it up. Nobody feels worse about it than me,” Scahill said.
With a little help from A.J. Burnett, relief pitcher Rob Scahill is using a much more effective two-seam fastball.
Three home runs off San Diego Padres starter Ian Kennedy extended the Pirates’ winning streak to seven games.
Ray Searage is an outstanding coach who “drives the bus every now and then and grinds the gears.”
Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang continues to win over fans and teammates with his bat, glove, arm, smile and sense of humor.
Stephen takes your questions on the Pirates, who ride a six-game win streak into a West Coast weekend.
Pedro Alvarez’s home run statistics are unusual, to say the least.
Pitching prospect Nick Kingham has season-ending surgery; Jameson Taillon’s rehabilitation from same surgery continues.
Right-hander Gerrit Cole left the game in a two-run hole, but the Pirates bats sparked a 5-2 victory.
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