Pirates put up big number to open West Coast swing

Staff Writer

Offense was the name of the game for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, as they opened a West Coast swing with an 11-5, 15-hit victory over the San Diego Padres.

Jung Ho Kang opened the scoring with a three-run home run in the top of the first off Ian Kennedy, and in the second, Gregory Polanco added a solo home run to make it 4-0.

The Pirates' third home run came in the third inning, when Starling Marte went deep to plate Andrew McCutchen and make it 6-0.

A McCutchen double put the Pirates up by a touchdown in the top of the fourth, but the next four runs belonged to the Padres, cutting the lead to 7-4.

Pittsburgh scored four in the sixth to break the game open again. Josh Harrison doubled home Franciso Cervelli -- who had three hits on the night -- and McCutchen doubled to bring Harrison home. Neil Walker also reached base, and he and McCutchen came in to score on an error after a line drive off the bat of Starling Marte was caught.

One last run in the bottom of the sixth made it an 11-5 game, where it stayed for its duration.

Game 2 of the series will be another late start tonight.