This headline was meant for Trevor Williams, who turned in six innings of three-hit, one-run ball, but the night belonged to a resurgent Andrew McCutchen, who drove in eight runs on a single, double and two homeruns.
The Pirates took a quick 2-0 lead in the first against Orioles’ starter Kevin Gausman when Starling Marte singled and went to third on an errant pickoff, and was followed by consecutive doubles from McCutchen and Josh Bell.
Not content with just one run batted in, after the Pirates loaded the bases in the second on a double by Adam Frazier sandwiched between wlkas to Max Moroff and Marte, McCutchen strode to the plate again and for the first time in his career blasted a four run homer, handing his MLB record of career homers with a grand slam back to Glenn Davis.
In the sixth inning, why not do it again? Frazier and Marte each singled with two outs, setting the stage for McCutchen to line a ball into the right field seats for three more runs.
He even showed off his arm in the top of the sixth. Chris Davis had homered for what would be Baltimore’s only run of the night, and when the ball made it’s way back onto the field, McCutchen heaved it over the stands and into the Allegheny on the fly.
Williams turned in a game score of 65 for the night, including only one walk along with six strikeouts. Steven Brault followed with three shutout innings for his first major league save.