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Gerrit Cole allowed two runs over seven innings, striking out eight, to pitch the Pirates past the Braves 3-2 on Tuesday.

Cole struggled early, allowing a run in the first inning before loading the bases with no outs in the second, but he regrouped to induce a double play that held the Braves to a lone run in the second. After that, he tossed five perfect innings, not allowing a baserunner from the third inning on. The win guaranteed the Pirates at least a Wild Card berth, their second consecutive trip to the postseason, and there's a good chance they'll turn to Cole in the event they find themselves in a one-game playoff. The right-hander is 11-5 with a 3.78 ERA on the year.
Sep 23 - 10:42 PM

Starling Marte went 2-for-4 and drove in the game-winning run with an RBI double in a win over the Braves Tuesday.

Marte came up with the biggest hit in the game, knocking in Andrew McCutchen with a double in the sixth inning. He also played a part in the team's first run, stealing second -- his 27th stolen base of the year -- and forcing an errant throw from Christian Bethancourt that allowed McCutchen to score from third. Marte has hits in eight straight games to raise his overall line to .290/.356/.455.
Sep 23 - 10:37 PM

Travis Snider hit his 12th home run of the season in Tuesday's win over the Braves.

Snider got the start in right field against tough lefty Alex Wood, and he rewarded his manager's faith with a solo shot that tied the game in the fifth inning. The homer was his only hit in three at-bats on the night. Snider is batting .257/.332/.422 in a part-time role this season.
Sep 23 - 10:33 PM

Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored in a win over the Braves on Tuesday.

McCutchen reached in all four plate appearances, raising his overall line to .313/.408/.540. He scored on an error in the fourth before scoring the game-winning run on a Starling Marte double in the sixth. McCutchen has been the catalyst for the hottest team in baseball, a designation certain to earn him some serious run in the NL MVP discussion.
Sep 23 - 10:26 PM

Tony Watson was called on to close out the Braves on Tuesday, pitching a scoreless ninth inning to earn his second save of the season.

With switch-hitting Emilio Bonifacio and left-handed hitting Freddie Freeman due up, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle went to the southpaw to protect a two-run lead. Watson allowed a one-out single to Phil Gosselin but induced a double play from Freeman to end the game. Watson has been terrific this season, and he'll continue to be one of Hurdle's top relievers into October.
Sep 23 - 10:21 PM

Edinson Volquez is interested in re-signing with the Pirates.

Volquez has rebounded with a 3.15 ERA and 130/70 K/BB ratio in 185 2/3 innings this season and credits the Pirates' coaches for his turnaround, so it makes sense that he's open to staying, but he would also like to parlay his success into a multi-year contract. "You always want to sign for more than one year," said Volquez. "Especially now that I'm 31 years old, I'd like to sign with someone for two or three years and stay a little bit longer."
Sep 23 - 9:31 AM

Francisco Liriano blanked the Braves for six innings and struck out seven in a victory Monday.

Andrew McCutchen's sixth-inning homer made a winner of Liriano in a 1-0 game. Liriano has won four straight starts, allowing just one run in 26 innings in the process. The potential is there for him to be really dangerous in October.
Sep 22 - 10:50 PM

Andrew McCutchen homered off the Braves' Aaron Harang for the only run in the Pirates' 1-0 victory on Monday.

McCutchen has been a better hitter this year than he was in his MVP season, with the caveat that he has missed 15 games. The sentiment is growing for Clayton Kershaw to win MVP honors, but McCutchen is as good a choice as any to be the top position player on the ballot.
Sep 22 - 10:43 PM

Vance Worley threw eight scoreless innings, allowing just four hits, in Sunday's 1-0 defeat of the Brewers.

Worley was dominant in the start, giving up just four singles without walking a batter in silencing the Brewers' bats. He struck out five in the win. After a rough stretch in the middle of August, Worley has bounced back to win three straight, improving his record to 8-4. Worley has been a tremendous find for the Bucs this season, and he'll take a 2.93 ERA in his final start of the season against the Reds on Friday.
Sep 21 - 4:25 PM

Russell Martin had the game-winning RBI single in the Pirates' win over the Brewers on Sunday.

Martin broke a scoreless tie with his RBI single in the seventh inning, and the Pirates would win by the same margin. Martin finished 1-for-3 on the day. The extended his hitting streak to 12 games, raising his average to .297. The 31-year-old has had a quietly productive year behind the plate.
Sep 21 - 4:20 PM

Josh Harrison extended his hitting streak to nine games Sunday, going 2-for-4 in a win over the Brewers.

The multi-hit game was Harrison's fifth during the nine-game streak. His average is an NL-best .318, and he's closing in on his first batting title. It's certainly been a memorable season for the do-everything 27-year-old.
Sep 21 - 4:17 PM

Tony Watson worked the ninth inning, allowing three baserunners but holding the Brewers off the scoreboard to earn his first save of the season Sunday.

Protecting a one-run lead, Watson gave up a leadoff single to Carlos Gomez and another hit to Rickie Weeks, but Gomez was gunned out trying for third base. He hit Aramis Ramirez with two outs to give Pirates fans more trepidation, but Ryan Braun flied out to end the threat. Watson got the call after Mark Melancon had worked the previous three days. Melancon is still locked in as the Bucs' closer, with Watson serving primarily as a setup man.
Sep 21 - 4:14 PM

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that there's a chance Pedro Alvarez (foot) could return if the team advances to the NLDS.

He will not be ready for the Wild Card game. Alvarez has been nursing a stress reaction in the fourth metatarsal in his left foot since late August and it's an injury that normally requires 4-6 weeks to recover from.
Sep 21 - 1:33 PM

Edinson Volquez was handed a no-decision Saturday despite tossing seven scoreless innings against the Brewers.

Following Saturday's outing, Volquez has managed to lower his ERA by 76 points since the beginning of August. The right-hander yielded three hits and three walks while striking out six in the effort. He'll take a 3.15 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and a 130/70 K/BB ratio into his final start of the season on Thursday in Atlanta against the Braves.
Sep 20 - 10:47 PM

Russell Martin hit a dramatic go-ahead three-run homer in a 4-2 win over the Brewers on Friday night.

After Yovani Gallardo pitched seven scoreless innings, Martin put the Pirates in front in the eighth inning against Jonathan Broxton and sent PNC Park into pandemonium. The veteran backstop has had a fantastic under-the-radar year, batting .296/.408/441 with 11 home runs and 66 RBI while throwing out 39 percent of attempted basestealers. He's a big reason why the Pirates are currently on track for their second straight postseason appearance. Look for him to land a nice contract in free agency this winter.
Sep 19 - 10:46 PM

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