Gerrit Cole allowed two home runs, including one by pitcher Mike Leake, in the sixth inning Tuesday as the Pirates lost 7-5.
The Pirates drew first blood on an RBI line-drive single by Gaby Sanchez in the second. But Leake doubled to lead off the bottom of the third, and Joey Votto singled him home two batters later. In the fourth, the Pirates led off with two straight singles, and then Leake made a throwing error to allow Andrew McCutchen to come home and to put the Pirates up 2-1.
In the sixth, though, Cole's start unraveled. Jay Bruce led off with a walk, then came home when Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer with an awkward swing. Two batters later, Devin Mesoraco singled, then came home when Leake blasted off with a line-drive home run on a Cole fastball.
That's when I turned the game off. The Pirates ended up getting three runs in the late innings, including two on a homer by Neil Walker, but they ended up losing by two despite getting the winning run to the plate in the ninth.