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Insider Only Pittsburgh 6 – St. Louis 3: Bedard strikes out 11, Alvarez homers in victory, Tabata continues on the upswing

PITTSBURGH 6 – ST. LOUIS 3

Win: Erik Bedard (2-4)
Loss: Jake Westbrook (3-2)

Erik Bedard (2-4, 2.65 ERA) struck out a season-high 11, including seven straight batters, and Pedro Alvarez (.257 – 7 HR – 14 RBI) hit a go-ahead home run as the Pittsburgh Pirates (11-14) beat the St. Louis Cardinals (16-9) 6-3 Thursday to avoid a three-game sweep.
Pirate pitchers combined for 17 strikeouts, a franchise high for a 9-inning game in the modern era (1900).
Bedard was pulled after five innings, allowing 5 hits, 2 runs, while striking out 11 and walking 2. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Bedard is the first Pirates pitcher to ever strikeout seven straight batters in one game.
Bedard left after a pitch count of 104, throwing 68 strikes and 14 first pitch strikes.
Clint Barmes (2 HR – 5 RBI) had a pair of RBI doubles for the Pirates, who completed a 3-4 trip and will have 18 of the next 25 at home to end May.
Jose Tabata (.244 – 1 HR – 5 RBI), a career .343 hitter against St. Louis, had three hits and a steal.
Jake Westbrook (3-2) lost to Pittsburgh for the second time in three starts, giving up four runs in 6 1/3 innings.
The Pirates begin a nine game home stand Friday night against the Cincinnati Reds.

WHO’S HOT

3B Pedro Alvarez (.257 – 7 HR – 14 RBI) – Went 2-4 with HR, 2 RBI in the win and is hitting .487 with 3 home runs, 8 RBI and 8 runs scored in his last 6 games. Alvarez ranks 2nd in NL and 1st among NL third baseman with 7 home runs.  Alvarez leads the Pirates with 7 home runs, 14 RBI, 13 runs (tied-1st), .11 XBH, .614 SLG%, .912 OPS
P Erik Bedard (2-4, 2.65 ERA) – Had a season high 11 strikeouts in the win and has struck out 27 batters in his last three games and leads the NL with 37 strikeouts.
OF Jose Tabata (.244 – 1 HR – 5 RBI) – Had a three hit day and is hitting .359 with 1 HR, 5 RBI, 4 doubles and 8 runs scored in his last 9 games. A big turnaround from where he was just a few weeks ago.

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William DePaoli

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William DePaoli is the President/Founder of Inside Pittsburgh Sports LLC and can be reached at wdepaoli@insidepittsburghsports.com

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