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Pirates ride 'Cole train,' even division series with Cards

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ST. LOUIS -- Gerrit Cole and the Pittsburgh Pirates played a game of role reversal, and pulled even with the St. Louis Cardinals.

The hard-throwing rookie gave up two hits in six dominant innings and also had an RBI in his postseason debut, Pedro Alvarez homered for the second straight day and the Pirates beat the Cardinals 7-1 Friday to even their NL division series at one game apiece.

"Just what we've been seeing all year," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "You saw a focused man that was ready to go."

A day after St. Louis got a strong effort from its starter and took advantage of mistakes to romp 9-1 in the opener, the Pirates showed poise for their first playoff win since 1992 while the Cardinals looked tentative in the field.

The Pirates now head home for Game 3 Sunday in the best-of-five series. Wild-card game winner Francisco Liriano faces Cardinals right-hander Joe Kelly.

Cole faced the Cardinals for the first time and left most of them shaking their heads, striking out five and walking one. After allowing Carlos Beltran's double with one out in the first, the 22-year-old retired 11 straight before Yadier Molina led off the fifth with his third career postseason homer.

Relying on a fastball that peaked at 99 mph on the stadium radar gun and one that TBS had at 100, Cole had hitters helpless at times even without shadows that benefited pitchers early in Game 1.

"I just trusted myself and tried to keep it as simple as I could," Cole said. "You just try and clear you mind after every pitch and just look forward."

When he got in the least bit of trouble, Cole ignored chants from a second straight sellout crowd at Busch Stadium.

"You just have to take a deep breath," Cole said. "Rip off the rear-view mirror on the car."

Cardinals starter Lance Lynn needed some help. He hasn't lasted long enough to qualify for the victory in any of his three career postseason starts and yielded five runs and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings.

"It was a bad game," Lynn said. "I made four bad pitches for four extra-base hits. When I made a mistake with the fastball, they were ready for it."

Lynn was manager Matheny's choice for Game 2 ahead of rookies Shelby Miller and Michael Wacha, the decision based on the right-hander's strong September and 9-3 record at home.

Wacha (4-1, 2.78) will oppose Charlie Morton (7-4, 3.26) in Game 4 Monday.

Alvarez doubled and scored on Cole's single in the second to put the Pirates ahead -- eighth-place hitter Jordy Mercer was walked intentionally ahead of Cole.

Center fielder Jon Jay said he should have tracked down the double by Alvarez.

"That's a play I've got to make and I didn't," Jay said. "That's on me."

Alvarez then hit a 418-foot, two-run homer in the third.

Pirates pitchers totaled 10 RBIs during the season and Cole had five of them, including two in his final start.

Third baseman David Freese dropped Marlon Byrd's pop fly for an error in gusting wind in the seventh inning, leading to a run.

Lynn made it to the fifth for the first time, but just barely. Miller warmed up in the third and Lynn was yanked with one out after back-to-back doubles by Justin Morneau and Byrd that put the Pirates up 5-0, followed by a four-pitch walk to Alvarez that gave reliever Seth Maness a little more time to warm up.

Miller worked the eighth and gave up a homer to Starling Marte.

Liriano is 4-0 with a 1.16 career ERA in four starts against the Cardinals. He dominated in three starts this year, including a complete game in St. Louis, and allowed 10 hits in 22 innings with 20 strikeouts. He was the winner Tuesday night against Cincinnati in front of a raucous crowd in Pittsburgh that was celebrating the Pirates' return to the postseason.

Kelly (10-5, 2.69) thrived as a fill-in starter for the second straight season and won eight straight decisions.

Notes

Injured Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter threw the first pitch to his son, Sam, and was accompanied to the mound by his daughter, Ava. ... Daniel Descalso made the last out in the second inning and the first out in the Cardinals' NL division series-record seven-run third in Game 1. ... Molina's last postseason homer came in Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS against the Mets.

 
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Rookie Gerrit Cole faces the Cardinals for the first time and leaves most of them shaking their heads. (USATSI)
Rookie Gerrit Cole faces the Cardinals for the first time and leaves most of them shaking their heads. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

P. Alvarez
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Pittsburgh

G. Cole
IP 6.0
H 2
ER 1
BB 1
K 5
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Starling Marte, LF3111110 .143
Neil Walker, 2B5000014 .000
Andrew McCutchen, CF4010110 .375
Justin Morneau, 1B5220012 .333
Marlon Byrd, RF5211011 .125
Pedro Alvarez, 3B4222101 .429
Russell Martin, C3012111 .167
Jordy Mercer, SS3010102 .250
   Tony Watson, P0000000 .000
   Mark Melancon, P0000000 .000
   Jason Grilli, P0000000 .000
Gerrit Cole, P3011012 .333
   a-Gaby Sanchez, PH1000001 .000
   Clint Barmes, SS0000000 .000
Totals36710757  
a-popped out for Cole in the 7th
Batting
2B - Justin Morneau (1, Lynn), Marlon Byrd (1, Lynn), Pedro Alvarez (1, Lynn)
HR - Starling Marte (1, Miller), Pedro Alvarez (2, Lynn)
SF - Russell Martin (1)
RBI - Starling Marte (1), Marlon Byrd (1), Pedro Alvarez 2 (3), Russell Martin 2 (2), Gerrit Cole (1)
2-OUT RBI - Pedro Alvarez 2 (2), Gerrit Cole (1)
SB - Starling Marte (1, 2nd base off Axford/Molina)
Team LOB - 9
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Gerrit Cole (W,1-0) 6211151 1.50
Tony Watson 1100110 0.00
Mark Melancon 1000000 0.00
Jason Grilli 1100030 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Gerrit Cole 86-56, Tony Watson 23-14, Mark Melancon 7-7, Jason Grilli 19-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gerrit Cole 7-6, Tony Watson 1-1, Mark Melancon 2-1
Batters Faced - Gerrit Cole 21, Tony Watson 5, Mark Melancon 3, Jason Grilli 4
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 2B3000110 .125
Carlos Beltran, RF4010011 .222
Matt Holliday, LF4000022 .250
Matt Adams, 1B4020001 .429
Yadier Molina, C4111012 .429
Jon Jay, CF4000032 .167
David Freese, 3B2000100 .333
Daniel Descalso, SS3000002 .000
Lance Lynn, P1000010 .000
   Seth Maness, P0000000 .000
   John Axford, P0000000 .000
   Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
   a-Adron Chambers, PH1000000 .000
   Kevin Siegrist, P0000000 .000
   Shelby Miller, P0000000 .000
   b-Kolten Wong, PH1000000 .000
   Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
Totals3114129  
a-flied out for Choate in the 6th
b-flied out for Miller in the 8th
Batting
2B - Carlos Beltran (1, Cole), Matt Adams (1, Grilli)
HR - Yadier Molina (1, Cole)
RBI - Yadier Molina (1)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - M. Carpenter-Descalso-Adams
E - David Freese (1, Dropped fly)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Lance Lynn (L,0-1) 4.1755361 10.38
Seth Maness 0.2100000 0.00
John Axford 0.1000200 0.00
Randy Choate 0.2000000 0.00
Kevin Siegrist 1110000 0.00
Shelby Miller 1111011 9.00
Edward Mujica 1000000 0.00
IBB - Mercer by Lance Lynn
HBP - Marte (by Lance Lynn)
Pitches-Strikes - Lance Lynn 83-48, Seth Maness 11-7, John Axford 14-5, Randy Choate 2-2, Kevin Siegrist 18-11, Shelby Miller 14-10, Edward Mujica 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lance Lynn 4-3, Seth Maness 1-1, Randy Choate 1-0, Kevin Siegrist 1-3, Edward Mujica 2-1
Batters Faced - Lance Lynn 24, Seth Maness 3, John Axford 3, Randy Choate 1, Kevin Siegrist 5, Shelby Miller 4, Edward Mujica 3
Game Information
Attendance - 45999
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Jim Joyce