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Story by Liz Alper

Photo:  Andrew McCutchen hit three home runs in a four-home run game for Pittsburgh.  Via @Pirates on Twitter

July 30, 2017 (San Diego) - The Padres looked phenomenal in last night's win over the Bucs and that allowed them to win the series.  They'd go for the sweep today with Pirates ace Gerrit Cole on the mound against Clayton Richard.

Immediately, Andrew McCutchen appeared, knocking out a solo homer in the first to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead.

It stayed that way for a while, but in the sixth, the Pirates had their way with the Padres again.  Jose Osuna tripled past Manuel Margot, scoring two runs.  Jordy Mercer singled to score Osuna, all these runs coming with nobody out.  When it was all said and done, the Pirates bumped up their lead to 4-0.

Dusty Coleman finally put the Padres on the board in the seventh with his second major league home run, a blast to straightaway center that McCutchen couldn’t catch and the Pirates led 4-1.

But McCutchen brought the Bucs back to a four-run lead with a center field home run blast for his second home run of the day to make it 5-1 Pirates.

Josh Bell added another home run in the ninth.  McCutchen hit the hat trick home run off the right field foul pole--the fourth Pirates home run of the day--to give the Buccos the 7-1 win and help them avoid the sweep.

The Pads get a day off before hosting an American League foe on Tuesday, the Minnesota Twins.  The game will be on FS1, not FSSD.  First pitch is at 7:10 p.m.  Jose Berrios will start for the Twins against Jhoulys Chacin.


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