Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 6/17/12
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CLEVELAND (AP) -- Pedro Alvarez drove in a career-high six runs with his second two-homer game in two days, powering the Pittsburgh Pirates past the Cleveland Indians 9-5 Sunday. Alvarez hit three-run homers in the fourth and fifth innings for his fourth career multihomer game. He also doubled, for his first game of three extra-base hits. Tony Watson (4-0), the second of five Pirates pitchers, worked 1 2-3 innings of relief as Pittsburgh took two of three for their sixth series win in the last seven chances. Jeanmar Gomez (4-6) allowed eight runs -- four earned -- over 4 1-3 innings for Cleveland. Eight runs came directly after three errors by shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. The Indians lost for the fifth time in six games. Pittsburgh scored nine runs for the second straight game after totaling 13 runs during a four-game losing streak. Alvarez has 10 RBIs in four games since going 10 games without driving in a run. He became the first Pirates player with six RBIs in a game since Andy LaRoche did it Sept. 28, 2009, against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jason Kipnis had three hits and scored twice for Cleveland. He put the Indians ahead with two outs in the first inning by hitting his team-leading 11th homer, off Pirates starter Brad Lincoln. Casey Kotchman's run-scoring single made it 2-0 in the second. Alvarez put the Pirates up 3-2 in the fourth. His line drive into the right field seats came after Cabrera fielded a two-out grounder by Casey McGehee, but threw it away. Shin-Soo Choo sent Cleveland back in front with a two-run double in the bottom half. Alex Presley tied it at 4 with his fifth homer, and second in two days, in the fifth. Later in the inning, Cabrera made two errors on a potential inning-ending double play grounder by McGehee with the bases loaded. Cabrera ranged near second base and lifted his glove too soon on the play. The ball trickled away as one run scored. Cabrera then tried to scoop it to Kipnis at second for a forceout, but rolled it past him instead, allowing another run to score. Esmil Rogers then replaced Gomez and Alvarez hit a 1-1 pitch over the wall in right for his 12th homer and 9-4 lead. Cabrera had only three errors in his first 55 games and had not made a miscue in 33 games since May 7. With one out in the ninth, Cabrera lined a ball off the wall in right, but wasn't running full speed around first base. He tried to hustle to second for a double, but was thrown out by right fielder Garrett Jones. Michael Brantley, whose 22-game hitting streak was snapped Saturday, doubled home Kipnis in the seventh. NOTES: Pittsburgh won a series for only the second time in their last 21 road interleague matchups. ... Indians RHP Derek Lowe is scheduled to start Monday against Cincinnati -- his first outing since being brushed back by a pitch from Reds RHP Mat Latos. Reds manager Dusty Baker admitted he ordered the pitch. He and Lowe have feuded for a few years. ... Kipnis has a streak of 15 consecutive stolen base attempts. He is 17 for 18 overall. ... Cleveland signed third-round draft pick, RHP Kieran Lovegrove from Mission Viego (Calif.) High School and assigned him to their rookie league team in Arizona. ... The last Cleveland player with three errors in a game was 3B Andy Marte, June 10, 2010. ... Pirates RHP Daniel McCutchen (strained oblique) has had his rehab assignment moved to Triple-A Indianapolis from Class A Bradenton.
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