A dominant six-inning performance by Gerrit Cole, assisted by six two-out runs, led the Pirates to a 7-3 victory over the Cardinals on Saturday night and their first series victory at Busch Stadium since July 2016. They entered the series having lost seven in a row in St. Louis.
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In 36 appearances this season entering Saturday, Pirates reliever Daniel Hudson has allowed six homers, as many as he did in 60 1/3 innings for the D-backs last year. His 17.6 percent home run-to-fly ball rate is the highest of his career and nearly 4 percent above the Major League average, which has climbed 1.1 percent from last year and 2.5 percent since 2015.
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Sunday's start will not only be a chance for Mike Leake to defeat Chad Kuhl and the Pirates for the second time this season, but it will also provide the Cardinals right-hander an opportunity to get back in the win column and continue his career dominance against the Pirates, who will be seeking a sweep of the three-game series in St. Louis.
Which Pirates are #ASGWorthy? Hurry up and vote. All-Star balloting ends Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET.
One inning after David Freese added another game-tying, two-out hit to his Busch Stadium resume, John Jaso capped the Pirates' comeback with a solo homer that stood as the difference in Pittsburgh's 4-3 win.
After John Jaso's fly ball cleared the center-field fence Friday night, there was a sense of excitement and relief in the Pirates' dugout. Felipe Rivero had just defused a jam in the eighth inning, and thanks to Jaso's home run, he would have a lead in the ninth.
While Gregory Polanco went 0-for-4 on Friday night in St. Louis, his stellar effort with the glove helped the Pirates pull out a 4-3 win over the Cardinals.
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Andrew McCutchen may soon find himself in a familiar situation, but in an unfamiliar spot.
The Pirates locked in the last of their unsigned Day 1 Draft picks on Thursday, announcing a deal with right-hander Steven Jennings, the 42nd overall pick.
The Pirates' past two days at Miller Park were defined by missed opportunities.
Brewers right-hander Chase Anderson logged his sixth straight quality start and Travis Shaw homered and drove in three runs in a 4-2 win over the Pirates on Thursday at Miller Park.
The Pirates' top prospect was put on the shelf Thursday, as Triple-A Indianapolis moved outfielder Austin Meadows to the seven-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain.
Eight days after rejoining the team, Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli was placed back on the seven-day concussion disabled list on Thursday with what head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk described as "post-concussive" and "post-viral" symptoms.
Domingo Santana's two-run home run stayed just fair down the right-field line in the seventh inning.
The Pirates' 4-3 loss to the Brewers on Wednesday night was a microcosm of their last month.
Freese congratulates Brewers fan after catch
The Pirates started their third catcher in as many days Wednesday at Miller Park, slotting Chris Stewart into the lineup.
With one no-hitter already under his belt this season, Lucas Gioltio made a bid at a second one on Wednesday for Triple-A Charlotte.
When a starting pitcher takes swings in the batter's box before he throws from the mound, it is almost always a good day for that team.
Andrew McCutchen's historical hitting success at Miller Park spread through the rest of the Pirates lineup on Tuesday.
It's been a little more than a month since Jhan Marinez was claimed off waivers by the Pirates, but he looks at home in black and gold.
After signing first-round selection Shane Baz last week, the Pirates on Tuesday signed nine other MLB Draft picks.
Andrew McCutchen has long been a Brewers-killer, and Gerrit Cole is becoming one.
Brewers manager Craig Counsell had a hard time believing Pirates starter Gerrit Cole was struggling two weeks ago.
Manager Clint Hurdle is still hopeful the Pirates can gain ground in a tight division race in the NL Central.
Major League Baseball has released four All-Star balloting updates, and the Pirates have yet to make a single appearance.
The powerful bat of Rhys Hoskins backed Mark Appel's career-best effort on the mound on Monday as Triple-A Lehigh Valley shut out Pawtucket, 5-0.
The Cubs arrived at PNC Park on Sunday morning in need of a better start from John Lackey and a road series victory. They packed up their bags and headed home Sunday afternoon with both in tow and a .500 record. Lackey pitched six strong innings, leading the Cubs to a 7-1 win and their first series win on the road since their last trip to Pittsburgh in late April.
The Pirates swapped out one catcher for another Sunday morning, reinstating veteran Chris Stewart from the 10-day disabled list as they optioned rookie Jacob Stallings to Triple-A Indianapolis.
A day after the Pirates' bullpen decisions backfired, manager Clint Hurdle seemingly pushed all the right buttons. Specifically, the one several Bucs players have referred to as the "easy" button: Felipe Rivero. The left-hander escaped a jam in the eighth and enjoyed a perfect ninth, and his five-out save sealed the Bucs' 4-3 win over the Cubs on Saturday night at PNC Park.
After watching Jon Jay swing and miss at a 97.1-mph fastball, his hardest pitch of the season, Ivan Nova spun on the mound toward first base, pumped both fists and screamed. He marched toward the Pirates' dugout, energized by the moment and the satisfaction of having done his job, and waved his cap toward the crowd of 34,383, many of them standing and cheering.
The Pirates traded their black and gold for blue on Saturday as part of Major League Baseball's weekend-long celebration of Father's Day.
Eight days ago, the Pirates promised to be flexible with their bullpen. They would use their relievers to win games, manager Clint Hurdle said, not count saves. Their ninth-inning meltdown in Friday's 9-5 loss to the Cubs has not changed their thinking.