Pittsburgh at San Diego

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Pittsburgh (28-30) «002200000460
San Diego (26-33)000001000140

Pirates 4, Padres 1

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SAN DIEGO -- The Pirates' West Coast road trip has been filled with sunshine and smiles.

Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez hit two-run home runs to back Gerrit Cole's solid outing and Pittsburgh beat the San Diego Padres 4-1 on Tuesday night.

The Piartes have won the first two games of this three-game series after three of four in Los Angeles. The trip in New York, where the Pirates lost two of three to the Mets.

"We didn't play our best ball in New York and we had to move on from there," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "We got some traction, got some starts we needed and the bullpen is working very efficiently and the offense continues to show up."

Cole (6-3) limited the Padres to one run and four hits while striking out six in 5 2/3 innings as the Pirates went to 6-1 in his past seven starts. Pittsburgh won its third consecutive game and 10th in its past 14.

Jason Grilli pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his ninth save.

Jesse Hahn (0-1) lasted 2 2/3 innings in his major-league debut for San Diego. He allowed four runs on six hits, including the home runs by Alvarez and Walker, striking out five with two walks.

"It was just good to be out there," Hahn said. "It's what I worked for and it's good to get the first one out of the way."

The Padres lost for the third consecutive time and sunk a season-high seven games under .500.

Cole breezed through the first five innings with only two Padres reaching scoring position. But with two outs in the sixth inning, consecutive singles by Chase Headley, Seth Smith and Yonder Alonso ended Cole's night, with Alonso driving in Headley to pull the Padres to within 4-1.

Jared Hughes relieved Cole and got Jedd Gyorko on a grounder to second to end the rally.

"I had good stuff tonight and stuck around long enough to win but I wasn't very effective at all with a four-run lead," Cole said. "That was pretty frustrating and I uncharacteristically ran out of stuff at the end."

He retired 10 straight at one point and only two Padres get into scoring position over the first five innings.

Alvarez doubled the Pirates' lead to 4-0 in the fourth inning, hitting a fastball over the right-field fence for a two-run homer. Alvarez's 11th home run on the year scored Russell Martin, after he opened the inning with a walk.

Hahn gave up two more hits, to Jordy Mercer -- his sixth in seven at-bats -- and Josh Harrison, before being lifted for Jason Lane.

Walker became the eighth different Pirates player to hit their last eight home runs when he connected in the third inning for his 11th of the season. Walker's two-run, opposite-field blast to left came off Hahn's curveball.

"It was easier the second time around to see what he wanted to do," Walker said

Once Hahn exited, Lane worked 3 1/3 perfect innings in his first major-league appearance since Oct. 1, 2007, and first as a pitcher. Lane switched to pitching after 497 games as an outfielder.

"Jason did a great job," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Just what we needed."

With Hahn and Lane making their major-league debuts as pitchers, it was first time since Sept. 4, 1971, that two Padres did that on the same day.

Notes

Padres RHP Andrew Cashner could start as soon as Saturday against the Nationals. Cashner will test his mending elbow in a Wednesday side session before getting the OK for Saturday.. LHP Eric Stults was placed on bereavement leave after the death of his grandmother. He isn't expected to miss a start.. OF Carlos Quentin was out of the lineup but is expected to start on Wednesday; he struck out as a pinch hitter in the eighth.. Pirates OF Starling Marte, hitless in his previous 17 at-bats, didn't start. "It's been hard sledding for him," Manager Clint Hurdle said. Marte struck out as a pinch hitter in the seventh. ... RHP Stolmy Pimentel (sore right shoulder) will pitch three innings for Class A Bradenton on Friday. ... Padres RHP Ian Kennedy (4-6, 3.42) faces Pirates LHP Francisco Liriano (1-5, 4.62) in Wednesday's finale of the three-game series.

 
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Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

P. Alvarez
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
San Diego

Y. Alonso
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Josh Harrison, LF4010011 .303
   Tony Watson, P00000001.000
   Mark Melancon, P0000000 .000
   Jason Grilli, P0000000 .000
Neil Walker, 2B4112022 .279
Andrew McCutchen, CF3000110 .300
Ike Davis, 1B4000011 .260
Russell Martin, C3110100 .242
Pedro Alvarez, 3B4112011 .227
Travis Snider, RF4000011 .207
Jordy Mercer, SS4020010 .226
Gerrit Cole, P2100002 .227
   Jared Hughes, P0000000 .000
   a-Starling Marte, PH-LF1000010 .236
Totals3346429  
a-struck out for Hughes in the 7th
Batting
HR - Neil Walker (11, Hahn), Pedro Alvarez (11, Hahn)
RBI - Neil Walker 2 (34), Pedro Alvarez 2 (33)
2-OUT RBI - Neil Walker 2 (11)
Team LOB - 4
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Gerrit Cole (W,6-3) 5.2411260 3.64
Jared Hughes (H,3) 0.1000000 2.00
Tony Watson (H,15) 1000110 1.00
Mark Melancon (H,11) 1000020 2.25
Jason Grilli (S,9) 1000020 3.21
Pitches-Strikes - Gerrit Cole 100-62, Jared Hughes 2-2, Tony Watson 16-9, Mark Melancon 11-7, Jason Grilli 10-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gerrit Cole 5-5, Jared Hughes 1-0, Tony Watson 1-1, Mark Melancon 1-0, Jason Grilli 1-0
Batters Faced - Gerrit Cole 22, Jared Hughes 1, Tony Watson 4, Mark Melancon 3, Jason Grilli 3
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Everth Cabrera, SS3000111 .245
Chase Headley, 3B4110021 .199
Seth Smith, LF4010020 .308
Yonder Alonso, 1B4011020 .206
Jedd Gyorko, 2B4000022 .162
Will Venable, RF2010000 .212
   a-Chris Denorfia, PH-RF2000000 .266
Cameron Maybin, CF2000111 .304
Rene Rivera, C2000101 .224
Jesse Hahn, P0000000 .000
   Jason Lane, P1000000 .000
   b-Carlos Quentin, PH1000011 .278
   Kevin Quackenbush, P0000000 .000
   Huston Street, P0000000 .000
Totals29141311  
a-grounded out for Venable in the 7th
b-struck out for Lane in the 7th
Batting
2B - Will Venable (9, Cole)
SH - Jesse Hahn (1)
RBI - Yonder Alonso (19)
2-OUT RBI - Yonder Alonso (10)
CS - Everth Cabrera (6, 2nd base by Cole/Martin)
Team LOB - 5
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jesse Hahn (L,0-1) 3.2644252 9.82
Jason Lane 3.1000030 0.00
Kevin Quackenbush 1000000 3.75
Huston Street 1000010 1.17
Pitches-Strikes - Jesse Hahn 79-49, Jason Lane 36-26, Kevin Quackenbush 5-4, Huston Street 6-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jesse Hahn 4-2, Jason Lane 4-3, Kevin Quackenbush 1-2, Huston Street 2-0
Batters Faced - Jesse Hahn 19, Jason Lane 10, Kevin Quackenbush 3, Huston Street 3
Game Information
Attendance - 20520
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Al Porter, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Seth Buckminster