Pittsburgh 6, Toronto 2

Boxscore | Recap
Thursday, June 30, 2011 7:07 PM
Location - Rogers Centre
Temperature - 72°
Umpires - Home Plate - Mike Estabrook, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Dan Iassogna,
Attendance - 14939

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Pittsburgh 1 0 0 0 1 3 1 0 0 6 9 0
Toronto 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 6 1

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Pittsburgh 41-39 19-20 22-19 W1
Toronto 40-42 18-20 22-22 L1

Recap

Jeff Karstens threw seven sharp innings and Brandon Wood belted a two-run homer as the Pittsburgh Pirates posted a 6-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday for their first road interleague series win since 2003.

Rookie Alex Presley and Andrew McCutchen each drove in a run for Pittsburgh, which has won six of eight - including its first road interleague series in 18 tries. The Pirates haven’t been two games over .500 this late in a season since 1999. 

Karstens (6-4) improved to 3-0 in June by limiting the powerful Blue Jays to two runs and five hits.

Toronto tied the game at 2-2 in the fifth on homers from J.P. Arencibia and Yunel Escobar, but Pittsburgh regained the lead immediately after the first three batters reached in the sixth.

Ronny Cedeno ripped an opposite-field RBI double over the head of right fielder Eric Thames to score Lyle Overbay. Wood followed by blasting a 1-0 sinker from Brett Cecil (1-3) just left of the 375-foot sign in left-center field for a 5-2 lead.

Cecil, who led the Blue Jays with 15 wins last season, struggled in his first start since returning from the minors. The lefthander allowed six runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings in his first start since April 20.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Pittsburgh   Toronto
Jeff Karstens Player Brett Cecil
Win W/L Loss
7.0 IP 6.1
2 Strikeouts 6
5 Hits 8
2.57 ERA 8.53
Hitting
Pittsburgh   Toronto
Matt Diaz Player Yunel Escobar
2 Hits 3
1 RBI 1
0 HR 1
2 TB 6
.500 Avg 1.000

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Pittsburgh 9 1 19 .265 9 6 6 3 0 0
Toronto 6 2 14 .188 11 4 2 2 0 1

Upcoming Games

  • Toronto will play their next game at home against Philadelphia. The Blue Jays have a W/L % of .450 after a win and .524 after a loss.
  • Pittsburgh will play their next game on the road against Washington. The Pirates have a W/L % of .463 after a win and .564 after a loss.
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