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Pirates hit back-to-back-to-back home runs, including an inside-the-park homer, against Cubs

Sep 13, 2013, 8:50 PM EDT

Russell Martin AP

The Pirates pulled another trick out of the bag tonight, hitting back-to-back-to-back home runs to erase a 3-0 deficit against Cubs starter Jake Arrieta. After Andrew McCutchen and Justin Morneau made two quick outs to start off the bottom of the fourth, Pedro Alvarez hit an inside-the-park home run to right-center. Russell Martin then cranked a solo shot out to left, and Garrett Jones followed with a homer to center, tying the game at 3-3.

Alvarez bumped his home run total up to 33, giving him a two-homer lead over Paul Goldschmidt at the top of the National League. Martin and Jones now sit with 14 apiece on the season.

Against Pirates starter Charlie Morton, the Cubs scored once in the second on an RBI ground out by Darwin Barney. They added two more in the fourth on a two-run home run by Brian Bogusevic.

The Pirates entered the night tied with the Cardinals at 85-61 in first place atop the NL Central. The Cardinals are hosting the Mariners. The third-place Reds, just 2.5 games behind, are in Milwaukee.

  1. ironcity6pak - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    WOW!!

  2. tuberippin - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    I’m just shocked it was Pedro Alvarez. Of all the people in the Pirates lineup, he’s the least likely person you would expect to hit an inside-the-park home run.

    • sfbookreviews - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:28 PM

      Even stranger, Pedro didn’t even run full speed until he was between first and second. Makes you think if it had been Cutch or Marte, they would have been sitting in the dugout downing a drink before the ball made it back to the infield.

      • rje49 - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:06 AM

        Yeah, that’s the biggest reason there are relatively few triples hit these days. On the list of career triples, there isn’t a single active player in the top 100. They either stand and watch or jog to second.

    • cincinata - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      Yes, the 3 in a row happens very seldom, and it is a great feat. But, the Pirates have to worry about pitching that can not hold a lead over the lowly Cubs. The series between the Reds and Pirates will be hotly contested, and the pitching will be greatly tested (on both sides).

  3. chill1184 - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    So Bash Brother Buccos?

  4. ptfu - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    What was with that non-relay-throw by the Cubs infielder? Was he a klutz, or was he spiking the ball in frustration because he had no chance at throwing out Alvarez?

    Also, I’m not convinced that ball wasn’t touched by a fan. As the fan didn’t seem to be leaning much over the field, I’d say it would have been over the wall anyway. So it should have been called a home run at that point. So, no change to the bottom line, though it would have mattered if Alvarez had been thrown out at the plate.

    • tuberippin - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:39 PM

      “What was with that non-relay-throw by the Cubs infielder? Was he a klutz, or was he spiking the ball in frustration because he had no chance at throwing out Alvarez?”

      Looked like it slipped out of the cut-off man’s hand when he went to throw it.

    • forsch31 - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:25 AM

      On the replay, you can see the ball was touched by the fan, but you can also see that it hit his hands, which are directly above the outfielder’s glove. The fan is leaning out as far has the yellow padding lets him–his waist is pressed against the railing, and when he misses it, his arms lower, and his elbows are a bit past the padding.

      Hard to say that would have gone over the wall, especially from that angle.

  5. misterj167 - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Just keep winning, Bucs, Cards and Reds! Keep those damn Nats out of the playoffs!

  6. cincinata - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    But, they still lost!. What happened to that Pirate pitching? It seems that they are down to just two good starters.

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