Pirates catcher Russell Martin blocks John Lannan from scoring on a Chase Utley double to end the 3rd inning. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
One way to break out of a team-wide offensive slump: Collect 11 hits off John Lannan. Sure you need to find your nearest John Lannan to do so, but it was worth it for the Pirates to swing a 6-5 home victory Wednesday start.
The Philadelphia Phillies starter allowed 18 of 32 Pittsburgh batters to reach base and one batter named Pedro Alvarez to demolish a baseball 409 feet for a three-run home run. Jeff Locke held up his end on the PNC Park mound, pitching five strong innings before trouble forced the Pirates starter out in the 6th. The bullpen continued its dominance, though, extending its scoreless streak to 27.1 consecutive innings before Domonic...
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