Originally posted on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 6/20/13
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The Pirates were losing 1-0 when Pedro Alvarez singled in Andrew McCutchen in the top of the third.  The Pirates were losing 2-1 when Pedro Alvarez muscled a ball over the right field fence in the top of the sixth.  The Pirates were still tied at two when Pedro Alvarez laced a Tony Cingrani pitch into right field, clearing the loaded bases.  Pedro Alvarez had three of the Pirates' ten hits, two of their four extra base hits, and drove in all five runs. After really struggling to push runs across in two of the first three games of the series. Pedro Alvarez is frustrating, but he's one heck of a hitter when he's locked in and he absolutely devastated the Reds' pitching staff today.  While Alvarez will get (and deserve) a lot of the attention for this win, it's worth noting the impressive work from Brandon Cumpton, Bryan Morris, and Tony Watson today. Cumpton made his second big league start against a lineup that could've overwhelmed him, and he held the Reds to five hits and two runs in his five innings of work. Morris and Watson threw two innings apiece to help a depleted bullpen get through the afternoon, mostly shutting the Reds down after Alvarez's rampage gave the Pirates the lead.  Managing a split with this Cincinnati team on the road with the rotation in the shape that it's in right now is no small feat. The Pirates are 8-9 in June, which isn't bad since six of those games have been against the Reds, three have been against the Braves, and three have been against the Giants. Now they've got three against the Angels, two against the Mariners, a six-game homestand against the Brewers and Phillies, and a three-game set at Wrigley Field. It's time to start putting some more tallies in the win column, injuries be damned. 
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