Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Gerrit Cole had a memorable debut as he pitched into the seventh inning and hit a two-run single to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates in an 8-2 win over the San Francisco Giants in the opener of a three-game set at PNC Park. Cole (1-0) was taken by the Yankees in the first round of the 2008 draft, but chose to play in college at UCLA and was chosen first overall by Pittsburgh in the 2011 draft. The 22-year-old didn't disappoint as he escaped jams in the first two innings then set San Francisco down in order in the next four frames. He finished his outing responsible for two runs on seven hits with no walks and two strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings of work. Pedro Alvarez went 3-for-3 with a two-run home run, three RBI and two runs scored while Starling Marte hit a solo homer for the Pirates, who had dropped four of six coming in. Tim Lincecum (4-6) continued to struggle on the road as he gave up four runs -- two earned -- on seven hits with a pair of walks in just 4 2/3 innings. He fell to 1-3 in six outings away from home on the season. Brett Pill and Tony Abreu each drove in a run for the Giants, who had taken two of three in Arizona over the weekend.
Final Score: Miami 5, Milwaukee 4
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Giancarlo Stanton's two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted the Miami Marlins over the Milwaukee Brewers, 5-4, in the middle game of a three-game set at Marlins Park. Stanton crushed the first pitch he saw off reliever Jim Henderson (2-2) to put the Marlins ahead. Juan Pierre beat out an infield single to get on base with one out in front of the go-ahead blast. Derek Dietrich also had a two-run homer while Logan Morrison added a run-scoring double, his first RBI of the year, for the Marlins. Aramis Ramirez, Jonathan Lucroy, Yuniesky Betancourt and Scooter Gennett each collected an RBI for the Brewers, whose four-game winning streak came to an end. Chad Qualls (2-0) pitched a perfect top of the eighth to earn the win, while Steve Cishek picked up his seventh save of the year with a scoreless ninth.
Final Score: St. Louis 9, New York 2
Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Allen Craig capped a five-run fifth inning with a three-run homer, David Freese extended his hitting streak to 20 games and Michael Wacha earned his first major league victory in the St. Louis Cardinals' 9-2 thrashing of the New York Mets at Citi Field. Freese had two hits in extending the majors' longest active hitting streak and Craig went 2- for-4 with his fifth homer of the season, paving the way to St. Louis' major league-leading 42nd win of the year and fourth in five games. Things are moving in the opposite direction for the stumbling and recently reshuffled Mets, however. The team dropped their seventh game in eight contests and own the third worst record (23-36) in all of baseball. New York demoted struggling first baseman Ike Davis, as well as outfielder Mike Baxter and reliever Robert Carson, following the team's fifth straight loss to league-worst Miami on Sunday. Seven of the Cardinals runs went unearned, including the five scored in the fateful fifth off Jeremy Hefner (1-6), who tossed six frames but was charged with six runs total. The Mets had just five hits. In his third career major league start, Wacha (1-0) shook off some early control issues and turned in a stellar performance with six innings of two-run ball. Matt Holliday had three hits, three runs scored and an RBI in the rout.
Final Score: Cincinnati 12, Chicago 2
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - The Cincinnati Reds recorded 16 hits, including four home runs, in a 12-2 win over the Chicago Cubs in the second game of a four-game series at Wrigley Field. Zack Cozart and Xavier Paul both hit three-run home runs while Joey Votto had a two-run homer for the Reds. Jay Bruce also drove in two runs in the victory. Cincinnati starter Tony Cingrani (3-0) pitched seven solid innings, giving up two runs on four hits while striking out five. He was recalled from Triple-A Louisville prior to the contest. Reds manager Dusty Baker also earned his 1,620th career win to pass Ralph Houk for 16th-most all-time. Cody Ransom had a home run but also committed three errors and Alfonso Soriano drove in one run for the Cubs, who have lost four of their last five games. Starter Matt Garza (1-1) was battered, surrendering nine runs on nine hits over five-plus frames.
Final Score: Colorado 8, Washington 3
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Tyler Colvin hit a pair of two-run home runs to help the Colorado Rockies take an 8-3 win over the Washington Nationals in the opener of a three-game set. Carlos Gonzalez smacked a three-run home run for the Rockies, who have won five of their last seven. Jhoulys Chacin (4-3) gave up two runs on seven hits with a pair of walks and strikeouts over five innings to get his first win since April 19. Dan Haren (4-8) was tagged for five runs on eight hits over five innings for the Nationals, who won two of three at home against Minnesota over the weekend. Denard Span drove in a pair of runs and Ian Desmond added an RBI in the loss.