San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Ian Kennedy tossed seven strong innings to
help the San Diego Padres avoid a three-game sweep with a 2-1 win over the
Kennedy (2-1) gave up just four hits with three walks and eight strikeouts
while Yonder Alonso drove in both runs for the Padres, who had dropped the
first two games of this set and scored just four runs in the series.
Gerrit Cole (6-6) was the hard-luck loser for giving up two runs on 10 hits
and five strikeouts over six innings for the Pirates, who saw their lead in
the NL Central fall to just one game over St. Louis. Andrew McCutchen drove in
a run in the eighth.
San Diego pushed a run across in the first as Will Venable led off with a
double, moved to third on a Chris Denorfia groundout and came home thanks to
Yonder Alonso's sac fly for a 1-0 lead.
In the fifth, the Padres made it a 2-0 game as Denorfia singled with two outs,
quickly stole second and scored on an Alonso single.
Pittsburgh loaded the bases with two outs in the first, but Kennedy struck out
Garrett Jones to end the frame.
That was the only trouble he got into the rest of the game as he kept the
Pirates from getting another runner to second through the rest of his start.
Luke Gregerson gave up a one-out walk to Felix Pie in the eighth. Pie then
moved to second on a Neil Walker groundout, took third on a passed ball and
scored thanks to McCutchen's sac fly to make it a 2-1 game.
Huston Street, though, worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his 24th save of the
These two teams will meet in Pittsbrugh from Sept. 16-19 ... The Padres have
off on Thursday and will start a three-game set versus the Cubs on Friday ...
Pittsburgh goes to San Francisco for a four-game series starting on Thursday
... Kennedy improved to 2-1 in five starts against Pittsburgh.
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