Twins righty Liam Hendriks hit hard in lopsided loss to Pirates
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PITTSBURGH - 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.
Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen came up a home run short of the cycle, scoring two runs and driving in three.
Winners of 10 of its past 12 at home, Pittsburgh rebounded from a loss Wednesday by pounding out 12 hits. Jones, Alvarez and Alex Presley all had two.
An inning later, McCutchen came up with the bases loaded and two outs and hit a similar hard, deep liner. This time, he pulled it to left for a three-run double.
Barajas snapped an 0-for-13 slump with his seventh homer that followed Alvarez's leadoff single in the sixth.
That prompted Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire to lift Hendriks (0-4), who remained winless in 10 career starts. Hendriks was charged with six runs - three earned - and eight hits. He did not walk a batter and had three strikeouts.
Jones, a former Twin, homered for the first time since June 3 after McCutchen singled to lead off the seventh. Alvarez's homer was his fifth in his past five games and team-high 13th this season.
10: Different starting pitchers used by the Twins when Brian Duensing takes the mound on Saturday.
1: Stolen base for Morneau since 2007.
C Joe Mauer missed his third straight game with quad and hamstring soreness.
Closer Matt Capps (shoulder) could be available Friday when the Twins travel to Cincinnati.
Friday: @ Reds, 6:10 p.m. RHP Nick Blackburn (3-4, 7.48) vs. RHP Homer Bailey (5-4, 4.03)© The Associated Press