Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Ubaldo Jimenez’s third start since his 10-day rest wasn’t as successful as the prior two in Detroit and St.Louis, as the Tribe fell to the Pirates 9-2 at Progressive Field Saturday afternoon.
Jimenez took the loss to fall to 6-5 on the year, allowing four runs on 7 hits over six innings. The long ball was his biggest issue, as he gave up a solo shot to Pedro Alvarez and a two-run shot to Casey McGehee.
The Indians offense was kept in check by Pirates starter A.J. Burnett, who pushes his 2012 mark to 7-2. He allowed two solo homers to the Indians, but otherwise gave up four hits, four walks and two K’s over 6.2 innings.
The loss puts the Indians at 33-31 on the season, while the Pirates are now also 33-31. Pittsburgh outhit the Indians 12-6 in the game.
The Indians got on the board in the first off Burnett, as Asdrubal Cabrera hit his 6th homer of the year. The solo shot made it 1-0, but the lead wouldn’t last long.
Pittsburgh came back with a solo homer off Jimenez in the 2nd from Alvarez to tie the game at one. For Alvarez it was his 9th HR of the year.
They pushed it to a 2-1 game in the third, as the Pirates got three straight singles off Jimenez. Neil Walker singled and stole second, went to third on a hit by Andrew McCutchen, and scored on a hit by Garrett Jones.
The Indians tied it off Burnett in the 5th, as Casey Kotchman homered to deep right to make it a 2-2 game. It was the 5th homer of the season for Kotchman.
The tie was short-lived though, as McGehee clubbed a two-run homer off Jimenez in the 6th to give the Pirates a two-run lead at 4-2.
Pittsburgh added another run in the 7th as Tony Sipp, who relieved Jimenez, gave up a solo homer to Alex Presley to make it 5-2.
Not that it mattered by then, but the Pirates piled on four runs in the 9th with Alvarez slamming a two-run bomb to put the game away against Nick Hagadone.
Sunday the two teams wrap up their three game set at 1:05pm. Jeanmar Gomez (4-5, 4.77) goes for the Indians against Brad Lincoln (3-2, 3.15).