PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 8: Rod Barajas #26 of the Pittsburgh Pirates slides around the tag of catcher Humberto Quintero #33 of the Kansas City Royals in the second inning on a single by Clint Barmes (not pictured) during the game on June 8, 2012 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
In the second, Rod Barajas led off with a single and advanced on an error by Eric Hosmer, who was making his first career start in right field. Clint Barmes then singled, and the Pirates made a dubious decision to send Barajas home. The Royals' throw was offline but still was made in time to get the out, but Barajas made a preposterous but effective slide about four feet in front of the plate, then diving for the plate after Humberto Quintero missed him. Neil Walker then hit a single that bounced off Yuniesky Betancourt's glove, bringing home Barmes. 3-0 Pirates
In the top of the third, Betancourt hit an RBI double, and Mike Moustakas singled to bring him home and cut the lead to 3-2. But in the bottom of the inning, the Pirates furthered their lead with some smart baserunning by Pedro Alvarez (and some poor defense by the Royals). Alvarez doubled, then advanced to third on Jose Tabata's infield single. Tabata got picked off stealing second, but the Royals lost track of Alvarez on the rundown, and he came home easily.
UPDATE from David: In his pregame press conference Clint Hurdle indicated that Jeff Karstens will be down for 5-7 days but will throw on flat ground to maintain his arm strength. Brad Lincoln will get the start in Baltimore on Tuesday.