Pedro Alvarez, Neil Walker Have Huge Games As Bucs Hold On To Win 11-9

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John Russell Ejected In Wild Victory

The Pirates scored nine runs in the first inning and still almost lost, but they held on to beat the Brewers 11-9 in one of the most exciting games of the year. The Bucs scored nine in the first with a grand slam by Pedro Alvarez and RBI doubles by Delwyn Young, Erik Kratz and Neil Walker. Alvarez then added a solo homer in the second inning.

Pirates starter Brad Lincoln struggled, though, and left in the third after allowing seven runs of his own. Ryan Braun homered in the sixth to bring the game within one, but the Pirates held on.

Bucs manager John Russell was ejected after arguing (in what appeared to be very colorful language) a foul ball call in the seventh. It was about as animated as he’s ever been on the job, and it was nice to see, even if I mostly think those sorts of things are overrated. Even though the Bucs let the Brewers back into the game, this was a lot of fun to watch, and it’s been exciting to see the Pirates’ offense come alive over the past few games.

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Pedro Alvarez Has First Multi-Homer Game

Pedro Alvarez hit yet another homer over the Clemente Wall in the second inning, a solo shot this time, to make tonight his first career multi-homer game.

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Buccos With Most Productive First Inning Since....?

A quick perusal of the record books confirms that the Pittsburgh Pirates fared better in the first inning at the plate tonight than they have in over 21 years. The last time a Pirates team scored nine runs in the first inning was all the way back in 1989. Will Brad Lincoln and/or the Pirates’ bullpen be able to hold onto the sizable lead? Let’s sure hope so.

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Pirates Go Nuts In Nine-Run First Inning

Led by Pedro Alvarez’s grand slam, the Pirates scored nine runs in the ninth, thanks to a number of well-hit balls and some defensive troubles by Brewers third baseman Casey McGehee and centerfielder Jim Edmonds.

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Pedro Alvarez Hits Grand Slam In First

The Pirates have taken a 4-0 lead on a grand slam by Pedro Alvarez off David Bush in the first. Bush left a curveball up in the zone and Alvarez slammed it over the Clemente Wall in right. The home run was the fourth of Alvarez’s career.

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Preview: Pirates' Brad Lincoln To Take Hill, Face Brewers' Dave Bush, A Pittsburgh Native

(Sports Network) - One day after starter Chris Capuano earned his first victory in over three years, the Milwaukee Brewers will try to extend their series winning streak over the Pittsburgh Pirates to six games this evening in the second contest of a four-game series at PNC Park.

Capuano took the hill in last night's opener and made his first start since June 3. He gave up one run -- a run-scoring triple by Ronny Cedeno -- on three hits over five innings to notch his first victory since May 7, 2007, snapping a 13-decision losing streak with a 3-1 triumph.

"I have a long view, a long perspective of baseball," said Capuano, who missed all of 2008 and 2009 recovering from Tommy John surgery. "I knew that I would eventually get more wins, but I'm just really happy I could get one with the Brewers, with this team."

Jeff Karstens didn't pitch poorly in defeat for the Pirates, holding the Brewers to just three hits. However, one was a solo home run by Prince Fielder, his National League-leading 23rd long ball of the season, and another a two-run homer by Rickie Weeks.

"I felt I had a really good rhythm, throwing strikes," Karstens said. "When I got ahead I was expanding the zone a little bit, making them chase."

John Axford secured the victory for the Brewers and Capuano with a scoreless ninth inning, earning his 12th save and Milwaukee's sixth victory in its last eight games overall.

Weeks has three homers in his last two games and is batting .400 (10-for-25) over a six-game hitting streak with seven RBI. He has a hit in both of his career at-bats versus Pirates rookie Brad Lincoln, who is 0-1 in two starts since winning his first MLB game on June 30.

The fourth overall pick of the 2006 draft, Lincoln has yielded eight runs over his last 11 innings. That includes a no-decision versus the Brewers on July 11 in which he gave up three runs on seven hits, including homers by Ryan Braun and George Kottaras, over six innings of a 6-5 setback in his first career start versus Milwaukee.

The 25-year-old righty is 1-3 with a 5.14 earned run average on the season and 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA over his first two career home starts.

Lincoln's Pirates could be without center fielder and leadoff hitter Andrew McCutchen after he sat out Monday's game due to a right shoulder injury suffered on Sunday versus Houston. Without McCutchen, Pittsburgh failed to secure a third straight win and lost for the eighth time in its last 10 games.

The Pirates have lost nine of 12 to the Brewers this year, including five of six at home, and will try to snap Dave Bush's streak of six straight starts having allowed two runs or fewer.

Bush is pitching to a 2.39 ERA in that span and beat the Pirates on July 10, holding them to two runs over 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander also recorded a win at PNC Park on April 20 with seven shutout innings and is 5-4 with a 4.28 ERA lifetime against the Pirates.

The 30-year-old, who was born in Pittsburgh, lost to the Braves last time out on Thursday despite giving up just two solo homers and seven hits total in six innings of a 2-1 setback. Bush fell to 4-7 on the season with a 4.07 ERA.

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