The Indians got some early offense on Sunday in Pittsburgh, but their lead evaporated quickly after the third inning as they fell in the rubber match 5-3. Michael Bourn, Rafael Perez and Michael Brantley all had RBI singles to give the Indians a 3-0 lead. Outside of the rocky start, Pirates starter Gerrit Cole was brilliant, retiring his last sixteen batters to record his major league-best twelfth win.
Danny Salazar ended a solid streak of starting pitching, failing to make it out of the fifth inning. He gave up five runs on seven hits, striking out seven on the day. The Pirates were able to break things open with Andrew McCutchen's two-run double in the fifth inning to complete the rally.
The Indians now begin a seven game homestand beginning with the Houston Astros on Monday at Progressive Field.
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