Polanco, rookie Kuhl lead Pirates to 6-4 victory over Padres

Gregory Polanco hit a tiebreaking three-run homer

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PITTSBURGH (AP) – Gregory Polanco hit a tiebreaking three-run homer and Chad Kuhl pitched six innings for the win after being called up from the minor leagues as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the San Diego Padres 6-4 on Tuesday night.

Polanco’s three-run blast deep into the seats in right-center off Luis Perdomo was his 16th homer and it put the Pirates ahead 5-2 and keyed a four-run sixth inning that included Francisco Cervelli’s RBI double.

Kuhl (2-0) allowed two runs and five hits while striking out four and walking four. He made four starts with the Pirates earlier this season and was 6-3 with a 2.37 ERA in 16 starts for Indianapolis.

David Freese had three hits and scored three runs and Josh Harrison added two hits for the Pirates, who improved to 4-6 in a 12-game stretch against teams who are at least 10 games under .500.

Pittsburgh remained three games out of the second NL wild card.
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