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Josh Bell and Gerrit Cole Get the Pirates Started on a Winning Note in the Second Half

Josh Bell hit a walk off homer to give the Pirates the win on Friday night. Photo Credit: David Hague
Josh Bell and Gerrit Cole Get the Pirates Started on a Winning Note in the Second Half

PITTSBURGH — Friday against the St. Louis Cardinals, Gerrit Cole got squeezed.

Home plate umpire Jerry Layne had a tight zone all night, but especially in the early going, it seemed to be more prominent against Cole than St. Louis Cardinals starter Mike Leake.

Cole gave up a two-run first-inning home run to Jedd Gyorko after he had already thrown Gyorko at least three strikes, but the third was called a ball.

The Pirates and Cole were able to overcome the adversity. Cole settled down to throw six innings after a 30-pitch first and just allowed the two runs. Josh Bell and Gregory Polanco drove in runs to tie the game and then Bell untied it with a dramatic, three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Pirates walked off with a 5-2 victory to start the second half.

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