PITTSBURGH (AP) — James McDonald pitched his first career complete game, Garrett Jones hit one of Pittsburgh’s three home runs and the Pirates won for the fourth time in five games, 9-1 over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.
McDonald (6-3) continued his breakthrough season by allowing one run, six hits and no walks with five strikeouts, lowering his ERA to 2.19. He has allowed one run or fewer in nine of his 14 starts this season.
Jones had an RBI single in the first inning and a two-run homer that made it 8-1 in the seventh. Pedro Alvarez added a shot that traveled an estimated 435 feet to right-center two batters later. Rod Barajas had a two-run homer in the sixth.
Justin Morneau had two hits for the Twins, who have lost six of eight.