Pirates Pummel Cardinals

Pedro Alvarez hit a pair of homers as the Pirates cruised to a 12-2 win over the Cardinals at PNC Park. Alvarez finished 2-for-4 with a walk, three RBI and three runs as Pittsburgh moved to 3-and-1. Travis Ishikawa also went deep while Andrew McCutchen and Russell Martin had two hits and two RBI each. Gerrit Cole twirled seven innings of two-ball for the victory. Matt Carpenter went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer for St. Louis while Matt Holliday added a pair of hits. Shelby Miller was shelled for five runs in five-and-a-third innings as the Cards dipped to 2-and-2.