The Associated Press
PITTSBURGH â€” Zach Duke allowed one run in six innings, Adam LaRoche drove in three runs and the Pittsburgh Pirates didnâ€™t wait to get into Clevelandâ€™s slumping bullpen to start scoring, roughing up struggling starter Carl Pavano in a 10-6 victory over the Indians on Wednesday night.
The Pirates ended a five-game losing streak by scoring three runs in the second and six in the fourth. They finished with 14 hits against five pitchers, opening a 10-1 lead before the Indians scored five runs with two outs in the ninth.
The Indians lost their seventh in eighth games as Pavano (6-6) gave up 11 hits and eight runs, three earned, in 3 2/3 innings. Pavano appeared to be on his way to a good season after winning six of seven decisions from May 1-June 5, but he has a 12.15 ERA in his last three starts.
Pavanoâ€™s ERA climbed to 5.80, even though shortstop Luis Valbuenaâ€™s throwing error on Freddy Sanchezâ€™s grounder meant the Piratesâ€™ final five runs in the fourth were unearned.
The Pirates had four consecutive hits against Pavano in the second, including rookie Andrew McCutchenâ€™s two-run single. LaRoche contributed a two-run single in the fourth, when six straight batters reached base.
With the Pirates ahead 7-1 after Pavano was lifted, Jason Jaramillo hit his second career homer, against re-liever Jensen Lewis, to finish the fourth.
LaRoche added a solo homer, his 11th, against Tony Sipp in the sixth. The night before, LaRoche flied out to right field on a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded and two outs as Cleveland held on to win 5-4 despite allowing four runs in the ninth.
Clevelandâ€™s bullpen went into Wednesdayâ€™s game with an 0-4 record and 8.78 ERA in its previous seven games.
Duke (8-5), as usual, pitched much better at home than he does on the road. The left-hander gave up five hits and one run in six innings to improve to 6-2 in PNC Park, where he has gained each of his last five victories. He is 2-3 on the road.
Duke kept the ball in the park after yielding six homers in three starts, allowing only one extra base hit â€” Jamey Carrollâ€™s double to start the game. Clevelandâ€™s only run against Duke scored on Kelly Shoppachâ€™s single in the fourth. Shoppach added a two-run homer and Grady Sizemore hit a three-run shot in the ninth against reliever Steven Jackson before Sean Burnett got the final out.
No doubt Duke appreciated the unaccustomed run support; the Pirates scored a combined four runs in his five losses.