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National League Game Summary - San Diego at Pittsburgh



(Thursday, September 19th)

Final Score: Pittsburgh 10, San Diego 1

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Gerrit Cole struck out a career-high 12 batters in just six innings of work and the Pirates bats came alive, as Pittsburgh salvaged the finale of a four-game set against the San Diego Padres, 10-1, at PNC Park.

Cole (9-7) allowed just one run on four hits and walked only three for the Pirates, who moved within a game of St. Louis for the NL Central lead after the Cardinals lost to Colorado Thursday.

"More often than not, the game starts on the mound and it did today," said Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. "It was a feel good for everybody today."

Pedro Alvarez and Neil Walker each homered during a decisive five-run fourth inning for Pittsburgh, which improved to 4-4 on its current 11-game homestand that ends with a three-game set against Cincinnati beginning on Friday.

Walker ended with four hits and drove in three runs, and Jose Tabata went 2- for-3 with career-high-tying three RBI and two runs scored for the Pirates, who exploded for their highest run total since scoring 10 runs on August 22. Pittsburgh was held to just four runs over the first three games of this series.

"It's a good time for anyone who wants to get hot to get hot," said Hurdle in reference to Walker.

Chris Denorfia went 2-for-3 with a run scored for the Padres, who had a four- game win streak halted and ended a 10-game road trip with a 6-4 mark.

"We played real good baseball and we won like six games on the road," San Diego shortstop Ronny Cedeno said. "We'll still keep playing."

After the teams exchanged first-inning runs, the Pirates, seeking their first post-season berth since 1992, put the game out of reach with a five-run fourth inning.

Alvarez broke the tie with a solo homer to start the inning's scoring. Tabata added a two-run double and Walker followed with a two-run homer for a 6-1 cushion.

All six runs were charged to San Diego starter Ian Kennedy (6-10), who absorbed the loss after allowing eight hits and striking out two in just 3 2/3 innings.

The Pirates put it out of reach in the seventh. Tabata's infield single scored a run and San Diego third baseman Chase Headley's throwing error on the play allowed another run to score. Walker followed with his fourth hit of the day to plate another run.

Walker's last four-hit game came on August 12, 2012, also against the Padres.

In the first inning, Tommy Medica singled home the game's first run for the Padres, but the Pirates answered with a run in the home half of the frame when Tabata scored on an Andrew McCutchen fielder's choice ground out.

Game Notes

Alvarez has 34 HRs this season ... Walker's HR was his 11th ... Cole is the first Pirates rookie to strike out at least double-digit batters since Josh Fogg did it on Aug. 16, 2002 vs. Milwaukee ...Cole's total was the most for a Pirates rookie since Jose DeLeon whiffed 13 Reds on Aug. 20, 1983 ... Sixty- four of Cole's 97 pitches were for strikes.

09/19 21:14:51 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
2nd
CAR 3
TAM 1
 
4th
IND 68
TOR 79
 
3rd
DET 45
CLE 55
 
Half
MIA 50
MIL 54
 
1st
DAL 16
MEM 12
 
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GSW
CHI
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LAL
WAS
2nd
AKR 59
BST 44
 
2nd
KSU 53
CMICH 45
 
2nd
VCU 62
GWU 38
 
2nd
TOL 65
UMO 65
 
Final
MICH 58
NEB 44
 
2nd
BGU 53
NILL 41
 
Final
EMICH 76
OHIO 40
 
2nd
VT 51
PITT 58
 
2nd
LAS 51
STJOE 46
 
2nd
TULA 50
TULSA 55
 
2nd
UGA 62
VANDY 56
 
2nd
KYST 46
WVU 51
 
2nd
BUF 71
WMICH 63
 
2nd
GEOR 42
XAV 52
 
1st
EVAN 35
INDST 30
 
Half
ORU 43
TABOR 24
 
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OKST
BAY
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PROV 0
DEP 0
 
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ALA
UF
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MSU 0
 
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TENN
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WYO
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FRES
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BSU
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PHI 3
ARI 3
 
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NYI 2
NYR 0
 
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CLB 3
WAS 2
 
3rd
PIT 2
WIN 3
 
2nd
MON 3
DAL 1
 
2nd
FLA 2
DET 4
 
2nd
CAR 3
TAM 1
 
1st Intermission
NAS 0
COL 0
 
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CAL
BUF
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MIN
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