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McCutchen belts 4 hits in Pirates' rout of Phillies

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PITTSBURGH -- When Andrew McCutchen stepped to the plate in the eighth inning, he wasn't looking for a home run but he thought he had one to complete a cycle.

No such luck for the Pittsburgh Pirates star. McCutchen had to settle for his second double and RBI.

The reigning NL MVP went 4 for 5 and finished a home run short of a cycle, and Jordy Mercer drove in a career-high four runs to lead the Pirates to an 8-2 rout of the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday.

McCutchen nearly finished the feat when he drove a pitch from B.J. Rosenberg to the opposite field.

"That should've been a homer," McCutchen said of his double. "I thought I was going to get it but I didn't."

Mercer had two of Pittsburgh's 13 hits, and each of the Pirates' eight position players who started the game had at least one.

Pittsburgh jumped on starter Roberto Hernandez in the first inning and scored four runs on five hits and sent nine men to the plate.

"Everything went wrong," Hernandez said. "I couldn't get the ball down, and everything I threw was flat."

All the runs scored with two outs against Hernandez, who threw 45 pitches in the first.

"We were just trying to see him up," McCutchen said. "See something out over the plate, and we got the pitches."

Gerrit Cole (7-4) made his second start since coming off the disabled list after he had right shoulder fatigue. He showed signs of progress after he allowed the New York Mets to score five runs in four innings on Saturday.

Cole threw just 80 pitches in five shutout innings and gave up only one hit. He walked one and struck out five.

"Today, I just felt more like myself." Cole said.

While Cole took a step forward on the mound, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle also saw a sign of maturity from his young starter. After five innings, Cole told Hurdle he felt soreness in his right lat. That ended his fine start.

"We'll probably know a little bit more (Saturday)," Hurdle said. "I don't think anybody is overly alarmed right now."

Hernandez (3-8) settled down after the rough first and pitched 5 2/3 innings. He gave up five runs, 10 hits and four walks, and struck out three.

"Fortunately, he was able to pitch six innings," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "It could have been a lot worse."

Hernandez was pulled after he walked Starling Marte with two outs.

Marte got the Pirates' first-inning surge going with a one-out single, but he was thrown out at the plate by shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who fielded a hit by McCutchen in shallow left that bounced off the glove of third baseman Cody Asche.

After Neil Walker walked, Russell Martin and Josh Harrison connected for RBI singles. Mercer drove in two runs with a single after Gaby Sanchez walked, giving the Pirates a 4-0 lead.

Hurdle stressed a patient approach heading into the matchup with Hernandez, and that paid immediate dividends for his hitters.

"Even with trying to be aggressive and score a run early we kept going," Hurdle said. "We got some big hits down the road."

They added a run in the fourth when Gregory Polanco singled and scored on McCutchen's double to left.

Philadelphia got on the board in the sixth against reliever Stolmy Pimentel, who walked three of the four hitters he faced and didn't record an out.

After Pimentel walked Ben Revere and Rollins, Chase Utley singled down the right field line to make it 5-1.

Jared Hughes replaced Pimentel after a walk to Ryan Howard. Marlon Byrd hit into a double play that scored Rollins, before Hughes struck out Asche looking.

The Pirates answered Philadelphia's two runs with two in the seventh when Mercer doubled in Martin and Sanchez.

McCutchen drove in his second run in the eighth with his second double, scoring Polanco from first after he led off with a walk.

Justin Wilson, Tony Watson and Jeanmar Gomez each worked a perfect inning to finish off Pittsburgh's win.

Notes

Philadelphia has lost only twice on Independence Day in 11 years, both times at PNC Park. The Phillies' previous July 4 defeat was 8-5 in 2009. ... The attendance of 38,977 was a Pirates record for a July 4 game. ... Pittsburgh RHP Edinson Volquez (6-6, 4.07 ERA) matches up with Philadelphia RHP David Buchanan (4-4, 4.86 ERA) on Saturday in the second game of the three-game series.

 
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Andrew McCutchen is a home run short of the cycle but finishes with four hits in Pittsburgh's win over Philadelphia. (USATSI)
Andrew McCutchen is a home run short of the cycle but finishes with four hits in Pittsburgh's win over Philadelphia. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

A. McCutchen
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 2
Pittsburgh

J. Mercer
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 4
 
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ben Revere, CF3110100 .293
Jimmy Rollins, SS3100111 .249
Chase Utley, 2B4011000 .286
Ryan Howard, 1B3000110 .233
Marlon Byrd, RF4000020 .264
Cody Asche, 3B2000111 .243
   Justin De Fratus, P0000000 .000
   B.J. Rosenberg, P0000000 .000
   a-Domonic Brown, PH1000000 .224
Koyie Hill, C3000001 .154
Tony Gwynn Jr., LF1000000 .165
   b-John Mayberry Jr., PH-LF1000000 .212
Roberto Hernandez, P2000011 .071
   Cesar Hernandez, 3B1000000 .245
Totals2822146  
a-grounded out for Rosenberg in the 9th
b-flied out for Gwynn in the 7th
Batting
RBI - Chase Utley (40)
SB - Ben Revere (25, 2nd base off Cole/Martin)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Utley-Howard
E - Cesar Hernandez (3, Throwing)
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Roberto Hernandez (L,3-8) 5.21055430 4.48
Justin De Fratus 1.1221100 2.19
B.J. Rosenberg 1111200 6.75
Pitches-Strikes - Roberto Hernandez 117-66, Justin De Fratus 23-16, B.J. Rosenberg 18-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roberto Hernandez 3-9, Justin De Fratus 2-2, B.J. Rosenberg 1-1
Batters Faced - Roberto Hernandez 29, Justin De Fratus 7, B.J. Rosenberg 5
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gregory Polanco, RF3210210 .301
Starling Marte, LF4010102 .259
Andrew McCutchen, CF5142001 .323
Neil Walker, 2B3110201 .272
Russell Martin, C4221103 .279
Josh Harrison, 3B4111012 .300
Gaby Sanchez, 1B3110111 .243
Jordy Mercer, SS4024001 .243
Gerrit Cole, P2000002 .240
   Stolmy Pimentel, P0000000 .000
   Jared Hughes, P0000000 .000
   a-Pedro Alvarez, PH1000000 .241
   Justin Wilson, P0000000 .000
   b-Vance Worley, PH1000001 .100
   Tony Watson, P00000001.000
   Jeanmar Gomez, P00000001.000
Totals34813873  
a-popped out for Hughes in the 6th
b-grounded out for Wilson in the 7th
Batting
2B - Andrew McCutchen 2 (26, R. Hernandez), Jordy Mercer (12, De Fratus)
3B - Andrew McCutchen (3, R. Hernandez)
RBI - Andrew McCutchen 2 (51), Russell Martin (24), Josh Harrison (25), Jordy Mercer 4 (26)
2-OUT RBI - Andrew McCutchen (16), Russell Martin (12), Josh Harrison (16), Jordy Mercer 4 (10)
SB - Starling Marte (21, 2nd base off R. Hernandez/Hill), Andrew McCutchen (13, 2nd base off R. Hernandez/Hill), Josh Harrison (8, 2nd base off R. Hernandez/Hill)
CS - Gregory Polanco (2, 2nd base by R. Hernandez/Hill)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Harrison-Walker-G. Sanchez
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Gerrit Cole (W,7-4) 5100150 3.78
Stolmy Pimentel 0122300 4.64
Jared Hughes (H,5) 1000010 2.20
Justin Wilson (H,12) 1000000 4.41
Tony Watson 1000000 0.91
Jeanmar Gomez 1000000 3.70
WP - Stolmy Pimentel (1)
HBP - Gwynn (by Gerrit Cole)
Pitches-Strikes - Gerrit Cole 80-51, Stolmy Pimentel 20-8, Jared Hughes 9-6, Justin Wilson 10-6, Tony Watson 12-7, Jeanmar Gomez 6-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gerrit Cole 8-2, Jared Hughes 1-0, Justin Wilson 2-1, Tony Watson 1-2, Jeanmar Gomez 2-1
Batters Faced - Gerrit Cole 18, Stolmy Pimentel 4, Jared Hughes 2, Justin Wilson 3, Tony Watson 3, Jeanmar Gomez 3
Game Information
Attendance - 38977
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Hal Gibson, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Dan Iassogna