Pirates bounce back to rout Cardinals
Gerrit Cole of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Two of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 4, 2013 in St Louis, Missouri
The Pirates wasted no time rebounding after losing the first game 9-1 on Thursday to level the Major League Baseball quarter-final series at 1-1.
Cole, who went 4-0 in September with a 1.69 earned run average in five starts, surrendered one run on two hits while striking out five for the Pirates.
Pedro Alvarez and Starling Marte clubbed home runs for Pittsburgh, who are in the postseason for the first time since 1992. Russell Martin had two RBI and Marlon Byrd drove in a run and scored twice.
Yadier Molina belted a home run and starting pitcher Lance Lynn allow five runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings for St. Louis.
Francisco Liriano will start for Pittsburgh and Joe Kelly will pitch for St. Louis in the third game of the best-of-five National League series on Sunday at PNC Park.