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Pirates open series with 6-2 victory over Arizona

Gerrit Cole pitched six quality innings to earn his first victory in the month of August, while the Pirate offense posted a trio of two-run innings in support en route to a 6-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Cole (6-5) threw 98 pitches, and allowed just two runs over five hits and two walks while striking out five.

The only blemish on his start was a two-run fourth by the Diamondbacks that tied the game after the Pirates scored two in the bottom of the third. Cole issued his two walks of the night to Paul Goldschmidt and Aaron Hill with one out, and the two runners advanced to second and third on a wild pitch.

Martin Prado then singled to center to score Goldschmidt, and A.J. Pollock grounded a ball into center field with two outs that tied the game.

Pittsburgh struck first though, an odd sight for Pirates fans of late after the Bucs fell behind in all three games of their most recent home series against the Miami Marlins.

Neil Walker drew a free pass from Arizona starter Brandon McCarthy with two outs, and Andrew McCutchen doubled to left. Walker was held at third, but both runners scored on a RBI single to center from clean-up hitter Pedro Alvarez as the Pirates took a 2-0 lead.

Pittsburgh struck again for two more runs in the fifth, when Starling Marte, Walker, and McCutchen strung together three consecutive hits. Marte singled with one out and scored on a double to right-center from Walker, and McCutchen followed with a basehit to bring Walker home.

McCarthy pitched in the sixth, but could not finish the inning as the Pirates put two men on with two outs. McCarthy (2-7) finished after five and two-thirds, and allowed four runs on seven hits and three walks as he was the losing pitcher in Friday’s decision.

Chaz Roe entered in relief of McCarthy and retired Josh Harrison to strand Jose Tabata and Jordy Mercer.

But after missing an opportunity to add insurance in the sixth, Tabata made sure the Pirates recouped their losses with a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth to push the Pirates’ lead to 6-2. Tabata’s fourth home run of the season came off J.J. Putz, and followed a pinch-hit double by Gaby Sanchez.

Jeanmar Gomez entered for the Pirates in the top of the seventh in relief of Cole, and pitched two perfect innings and struck out three batters to set the stage for Mark Melancon, who pitched a perfect ninth inning.  

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