Wanted: as many ways to lose as possible.
Ross Ohlendorf wasn’t sharp, walking five in six innings. Despite that and allowing four hits, the Snakes were able to tally just once off of him. He left with the lead thanks to a two run homer from Andy LaRoche in the second off of Doug Davis.
But it didn’t hold up. With one out in the 8th, Joel Hanrahan walked a batter and then threw poorly to second base after fielding a comebacker. Alex Romero tied the game with a single and then Stephen Drew broke the tie with a two run knock.
Chad Qualls yielded a solo homer to Garrett Jones in 9th as the Pirates fell a run short. Davis one after allowing just those two runs on four hits in seven innings. Qualls got the save. Hanrahan took the loss.
Jones’ Wrecking Crew rolls on.
Ohlendorf worked through his issues. He pitched out of jams, inducing no double plays.
The Pirates collected just five hits.
Davis has beaten the Pirates in two straight outings against them.
The Pirates have not had a rookie hit double digits in dingers (before Garrett Jones did it this year) since Brad Eldred in 2005.
Ohlendorf was bidding to become the first Pirate 10 game winner since 2007 when Tom Gorzelanny and Paul Maholm both got to double digits.
Drew came into the game hitting .341 against the Pirates in his career in 82 ABs.