Pirates bounce back in Game 2, even NLDS with Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Daniel Descalso is tagged out by Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher...

St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Daniel Descalso is tagged out by Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Tony Watson during Game 2 of their National League Divisional Series at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Oct. 4, 2013. (SCOTT ROVAK/USA Today)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:17 PM ET

ST. LOUIS - The re-construction process of the Pittsburgh Pirates began the way most re-building plans work: with the amateur draft.

Gerrit Cole was selected by the Bucs with the No. 1 choice in North America in 2011 and was given an $8 million US signing bonus to give up classes at UCLA.

He made his major-league debut June 11 this year, pitching 6 1/3 innings in a win over the San Francisco Giants, and on Friday in his 20th career start pitched six innings in a 7-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Pirate win before 45,999 fans evened the best-of-five series at 1-1. Game 3 is Sunday afternoon at PNC Park.

Cole even singled in the game’s first run, a two-out knock up the middle in the second to score Pedro Alvarez who had hit a one-out double. Just as A.J. Burnett had trouble with his counterpart -- walking Adam Wainwright to start a fall-apart inning -- Cole collected his eighth hit in 35 at-bats and is 4-for-8 with men in scoring position.


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