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MLB: Pittsburgh 8, San Francisco 2

June 11, 2013 at 10:40 PM   |   Comments

PITTSBURGH, June 11 (UPI) -- Heralded rookie Gerrit Cole earned a win and drove in a pair of runs in his major league debut Tuesday, lifting the Pittsburgh Pirates over San Francisco 8-2.

Cole (1-0), taken first overall by the Pirates in 2011 draft, was called up from Class AAA Indianapolis before the game and responded with 6 1/3 solid innings. The 22-year-old right-hander yielded two runs on seven hits, didn't issue a walk and struck out two.

He also delivered at the plate, stroking a two-run single in his first big-league at-bat in the second inning to give Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead.

Pedro Alvarez went 3-for-3 with a two-run homer, three RBI and two runs scored while Starling Marte added a solo shot as the Bucs took the first of a three-game series.

Giants starter Tim Lincecum (4-6) was touched for four runs (two earned) on seven hits in a 4 2/3-inning effort.

Brett Pill and Tony Abreu each provided an RBI for San Francisco.

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