The Toothpick Factory resembled the Lumber Company of old. The Pirates jumped on former Bucco Bronson Arroyo with both feet. Arroyo scattered twelve outs among nine hits and two walks. The Pirates got to him for five tallies. On the flip side, Charlie Morton equaled his 2010 win total with a complete game and was just one out away from tossing a shutout.
Both teams had opportunities in the first inning. The Pirates stranded Jose Tabata and Lyle Overbay. Drew Stubbs and Joey Votto were left onboard when Morton got Scott Rolen to ground into a 6-4-3 double play.
Garrett Jones started the second with a dinger. Chris Snyder doubled but was left on base. Snyder came up again in the third with Overbay and Pedro Alvarez on and delivered a single to make it 2-0 Pirates. The fourth inning gave the Pirates and Morton a nice cushion. With two outs Tabata doubled. Overbay’s single knocked him in. Neil Walker followed with a homer deep to right field to make it 5-0.
Between the second and fifth inning, Cincinnati had jus two base runners. Rolen reached on a wind blown fly ball. And a Ronny Cedeno error allowed Ryan Hanigan to reach first. Morton gave up a two out solo homer to Jay Bruce in the ninth.
On the night, Morton allowed just five and two walks. Matt Maloney tossed four shutout innings in relief of Arroyo.
Morton, of course.
Tabata had four hits. Snyder had three hits and two RBI, including a ninth run batted in off of Logan Ondrusek.
Six extra base hits represents a season high for Pittsburgh.
Winning on the road. Bucs have five road wins.
Andrew McCutchen wore the Golden Sombrero through his first four at bats before reaching on an error from Edgar Renteria. And he misplayed a windblown fly ball.
Pirates hadn’t scored six runs since Opening Day.
This was Morton’s second career complete game. This was the first time in his career he won consecutive decisions.
The current crop of Buc hitters was just 12-84 against Arroyo coming into the game. He had won five of his previous six decisions against Pittsburgh.
The Reds came in hitting at a .316 clip against Morton.
This was Tabata’s first career four hit game. Snyder reached three hits for the second time as a Pirate.
The hero of the night was #42.