Brad Lincoln tossed six scoreless innings and participated in a barrage against nemesis Chris Carpenter. The Pirates scored seven runs and had five extra base hits to support Lincoln.
Pittsburgh’s first run came in the second courtesy of a two out double from Garrett Jones and an RBI single from Josh Harrison. The Pirates would put four runs on the board in the fourth. Andrew McCutchen doubled to lead off the inning. After a one out walk to Neil Walker, Jones doubled again. Cutch scored and walker moved to third. Harrison singled home both runners to make it 4-0. One out later, Lincoln doubled in Harrison, giving the Pirates a five run cushion.
Walker hit a solo jack with two gone in the fifth. Mitchell Boggs gave up an RBI single to McCutchen in the sixth that scored Lincoln, who had walked to lead off the inning.
St. Louis had two decent chances of scoring and failed both times. In the fifth, Skip Schumaker and Daniel Descalso both singled. But Corey Patterson grounded out in a pinch hitting appearance to end the inning. In the sixth inning, Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday both singled with two outs. Lance Berkman walked. But Schumaker struck out to end the threat.
Lincoln allowed just six hits and struck out four. He walked one. Carpenter was charged with six runs in five innings. The Pirates got nine hits off him. Daniel McCutchent pitched two scoreless innings of relief and Chris Resop mopped up with a scoreless ninth.
Nicely done by Lincoln.
Jones and Harrison both had three hits. Harrison knocked in three runs.
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Lincoln has two career wins. He had made two prevous relief appearances against St. Louis. Carpenter falls to 12-3 against Pittsburgh. St. Louis is just 1-3 in games he starts against the Pirates in 2011.
This was Harrison’s first career multi-RBI game and his second career three hit game.
This was the 15th time in 2011 the Pirates have hit at least four doubles.
Jones has had two extra base hits in one game three times in August after having only two such games through July.
In his three starts in 2011, Lincoln has allowed four earned runs in 18 innings.
Out of all the pitchers born in 1985, John Danks has the most career wins with 51. David Price is second with 40. Lincoln is pretty far back with two.