Pirates rally to beat Indians 5-3 for 2nd in row
Saturday, June 19, 2010
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pedro Alvarez's sacrifice fly in the eighth inning drove in the go-ahead run and the Pittsburgh Pirates withstood Carlos Santana's big game to beat the Cleveland Indians 5-3 Sunday.
Pittsburgh won its second in a row in the matchup of last-place Central Division teams after dropping 12 in a row -- one short of the club's modern-era single-season record -- and 18 of 21. The Pirates lost their first seven interleague games before winning 6-4 Saturday.
Cleveland dropped its sixth in seven games despite Santana's three hits, including a two-run home run in the first and an RBI double in the third. Santana was 5 for 5 in the series until he struck out looking on an inside pitch in the seventh.