Cole, Snider, Stewart carry Pirates to 4-3 win

Justin K. Aller

A day after getting eight innings from Charlie Morton, the Pirates got eight from Gerrit Cole, defeating the Giants 4-3 Wednesday afternoon.

The Giants got one of their three runs when Brandon Belt came on with two outs in the first and blasted a 95 MPH fastball to right-center for a solo homer. But the Pirates responded with two of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Travis Snider walked, then came home two batters later on Andrew McCutchen's single. Then the hot-hitting Starling Marte brought home McCutchen with a double.

The Bucs got two more in the second off Tim Lincecum (who, incidentally, has somehow managed to grow facial hair that makes him look even more like a 13-year-old). Chris Stewart and Cole singled, Lincecum threw a wild pitch, and Snider brought home both runners with a single. Snider and Stewart went a combined 4-for-6 with two walks, and Snider also tripled in the sixth -- baseball is a weird game.

After the first two innings, Cole gave up only a two-run double to Brandon Belt in the fifth (with Stewart gunning Belt down at third), but otherwise carried the day, striking out seven and walking one. Mark Melancon pitched a clean ninth for the save.

The Pirates improved to 14-20 with the win. That still isn't much, but their season could begin to look quite different if they can reel off a few more wins.

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