Five innings into Saturday's contest, the Pirates couldn't seem to solve Chicago starter Scott Baker. After six, the Pirates still hadn't solved him.
But Jose Tabata hit a solo home run in the sixth off Baker to tie the game, and Marlon Byrd went deep to right-center field off reliever James Russell in the seventh to put Pittsburgh on top, 2-1. The score held, as Tony Watson pitched a perfect eighth inning while Mark Melancon worked the ninth for save no. 15.
Gerrit Cole allowed one run over seven innings of work to earn his eighth win of the season. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
"“He was pounding the zone with strikes, so it was hard to be patient," Byrd said. "He’s coming off surgery and he’s not 100 percent but he was still able to pitch well. He did an amazing job."
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