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Pirates Vs. Blue Jays: Alex Presley Leads Bucs To Victory In 2011 Debut

Newcomer Alex Presley led the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 7-6 victory over the Blue Jays in Toronto Tuesday night, as the Pirates moved to 40-38 on the year.

Presley, making his 2011 debut after being recalled earlier this week, hit a two-run homer in the third inning and then added an RBI single in the fourth.

The Pirates' 6-1 lead after three and a half innings quickly shrank, however, as Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth, then scored on an error by Chase D'Arnaud in the sixth. After a solo homer by Andrew McCutchen that made the score 7-4, reliever Tony Watson allowed back-to-back homers by Corey Patterson and Edwin Encarnacion (who had also hit another solo homer, in the third inning) in the seventh to close the lead to 7-6.

Jose Veras and Joel Hanrahan were able to preserve the lead for the Pirates, with Hanrahan picking up his 23rd save.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.