Pirates 18W: O. Perez (5-4)
L: Kazmir (2-5)Devil Rays 2
Jose Castillo homered and drove in five runs to support Oliver Perez's seven effective innings, and Pittsburgh reached .500 after June 1 for the first time since 1999 with a victory at home.
The Pirates, winning a season-high fourth game in a row, opened a 3-0 lead in the first against Scott Kazmir to back Perez in his fourth consecutive victory. Perez struck out 10 and retired 13 in a row at one point while limiting Tampa Bay to five hits and one run over seven innings.
The Pirates won their ninth in 12 games on a homestand that ends today and are 30-30 -- the latest in a season they've been at .500 since September 1999. They are 22-14 since falling a season-worst eight games under .500 at 8-16 on May 2.
Tampa BayABRHBIBBSOAVGTotals31272110 -- Crawford lf402102.284Lugo ss412000.283EduPerez 1b300012.254Huff rf400001.251Hollins cf401101.314Cantu 3b301001.292Gardner p000000---THall c200000.301Orvella p000000---ASGonzalez 3b100000.244NGreen 2b311002.284Kazmir p100000.000CJohnson c200001.196PittsburghABRHBIBBSOAVGTotals4618201848 -- Sanchez 3b221120.284Hill ph-3b210001.246Mackowiak cf633102.358Bay lf332110.295Restovich lf211100.254Doumit rf533300.364Ward 1b512401.287Castillo 2b523510.290Cota c612102.252JWilson ss512100.236OlPerez p401002.167Meadows p000000---TRedman ph100000.272STorres p000000.000Tampa Bay
000000110 -- 273Pittsburgh
30006315x -- 18200 E: EduPerez (1), Huff (1), ASGonzalez (5). LOB: Tampa Bay 3, Pittsburgh 10. 2B: NGreen (7), Mackowiak (10), Bay (16), Doumit (2). 3B: Doumit (1). HR: Castillo (3), off Kazmir. RBI: Crawford (39), Hollins (19), Sanchez (10), Mackowiak (33), Bay (31), Restovich (5), Doumit 3 (3), Ward 4 (38), Castillo 5 (20), Cota (16), JWilson (12). SF: Ward. GIDP: Huff, THall.
DP: Pittsburgh 3 (Castillo, JWilson and Ward), (JWilson, Castillo and Ward), (Hill and Castillo).
Tampa BayIP HRERBBSONPERAKazmir, L4C89937994.70Orvella1B53201406.00Gardner2 76110415.68PittsburghIP HRERBBSONPERAOlPerez, W7 511110945.88Meadows1 21100145.70STorres1 00000152.73 Inherited runners-scored: Orvella 2-1.
HBP: by Kazmir (Doumit).
T: 2:57. A: 31,113 (38,496).