The Pittsburgh Pirates opened their series with the lowly Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night with an impressive 7-2 win at PNC Park. The Bucs jumped on Twins' starter Scott Diamond and never looked back. Josh Harrison ripped his second homer of the season, a solo shot to left in the top of the first to give Pittsburgh an early 1-0 lead. Clint Barmes and Matt Hague would add to the lead with an RBI each in the sixth that pushed the lead to 4-0.
Starter Kevin Correia picked up his third win of the season with 5.1 solid innings. He allowed just four hits and did not give up an earned run before he was pulled in the sixth inning with 97 pitches. Juan Cruz gave up a two-run homer to Denard Span in the top of the seventh but that's all the Twins' offense would muster against the Bucs, who responded in the bottom half of the inning with a 3-spot.
Andrew McCutchen blasted his 12th homer of the season to add the insurance after the Span homer. It was a two-run bomb to left that sealed the game. Pittsburgh will look to take the series on Wednesday with Erik Bedard on the hill. Bedard was roughed up by Baltimore in his last outing.
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