ST. LOUIS —
Cole gave up two hits in six dominant innings and had an RBI in his postseason debut,
After taking advantage of several Cardinals mistakes, the Pirates head home for Game 3 on Sunday. Wild-card game winner
Roles were reversed from the Cardinals' 9-1 win in the opener, with the Pirates showing poise in their first postseason appearance since 1992 and St. Louis looking tentative in the field.
He found trouble early. Alvarez doubled in the second on a fly ball that was misjudged by center fielder
Cole faced the Cardinals for the first time and left most of them shaking their heads, striking out five and walking one. After allowing
Relying on a fastball that peaked at 99 mph on the stadium radar gun and one that TBS had at 100, Cole had hitters helpless at times even without shadows that benefited pitchers early in Game 1. He retired the side in order on seven pitches in the third, finishing by striking out Lynn and leadoff man
Pirates pitchers totaled 10 RBIs during the season and Cole had five of them, including two in his final start.
Lynn is 0-2 the last two postseason, allowing nine earned runs in 12 2-3 innings. He faced the
Lynn was manager Mike Matheny's choice for Game 2 ahead of rookies
Wacha (4-1, 2.78) will oppose
Lynn made it to the fifth for the first time, but just barely. Miller warmed up in the third and Lynn was yanked with one out after back-to-back doubles by
Miller worked the eighth and gave up a homer to
Liriano is 4-0 with a 1.16 career ERA in four starts against the Cardinals. He dominated in three starts this year, including a complete game in St. Louis, and allowed 10 hits in 22 innings with 20 strikeouts. He was the winner Tuesday night against Cincinnati in front of a raucous, black-clad cloud crowd in Pittsburgh that was celebrating the Pirates' return to the postseason.
Kelly (10-5, 2.69) thrived as a fill-in starter for the second straight season and won eight straight decisions.
NOTES: Injured Cardinals pitcher