Alvarez hit his first homer of the season.

A game whose scoring started with so much promise - Pedro Alvarez' first homer of the year - quickly turned into a disaster. Scott Cousins hit a grand slam in the second inning and Brett Hayes hit a three run bomb in the next inning as Florida clobbered James McDonald and the Pirates.

Alvarez' tater came with two down in the second off Chris Volstad. The led didn't last long. McDonald loaded the bases in the home half of the second by walking Gaby Sanchez, giving up a single to Greg Dobbs and walking Mike Stanton. Cousins was up next and he cleared the bases with a shot to right center. Florida loaded the bases a second time in the inning, but only scored once more on a Hanley Ramirez ground out.

More damage was done in the third. A walk ...

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