Pedro Alvarez hit two doubles and Erik Bedard struck out nine batters as the Bucs beat the Braves Saturday night, 4-2.
The Pirates grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first when Alex Presley singled, moved to second on a groundout, moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Garrett Jones' sacrifice fly. In the second, Rod Barajas singled and moved to second on a sacrifice by Bedard, then came home as Presley hit an opposite-field double down the left-field line. Jose Tabata then stung a single to right, and Presley scored when David Ross couldn't field the throw home.
In the third, Martin Prado doubled and Dan Uggla brought him home, cutting the Pirates' lead to 3-1. In the fifth, though, Neil Walker doubled and Alvarez crushed an inside fastball to deep right to bring him home.
Against Chris Resop in the sixth, Jason Heyward doubled and came home on a Juan Francisco groundout, but otherwise, a great performance by the Pirates' bullpen shut the Braves down. Juan Cruz pitched a scoreless seventh, Jason Grilli struck out the side in the eighth, and then Joel Hanrahan struck out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth. Overall, Pirates pitchers struck out 14 batters and walked two, an excellent performance from Bedard on down. The Pirates' offense also got five doubles on the day, and Alvarez is up to .176/.222/.471 on the season.