Padres vs. Pirates results: Gerrit Cole strikes out 12 in 10-1 win

Justin K. Aller

Cole delivers a gem to break Pittsburgh's three-game losing streak and avoid a series sweep.

Right-handed pitcher Gerrit Cole had it all going Thursday afternoon, striking out 12 San Diego Padres during a brilliant starting effort to help land his Pittsburgh Pirates a 10-1 win.

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Cole allowed a first-inning run after a Tommy Medica single put the Padres up 1-0, but rallied to dominate San Diego down the stretch. He finished with one run off four hits through six innings of work, walking just three compared to the double-digit strikeout tally.

The Pirates avoided a series sweep at the hands of the Padres, who had won four consecutive games heading into Thursday's finale. The three-game skid marks the second such streak this month for Pittsburgh, who was swept in a weekend frame against the Cardinals in the first week of September.

With the win, the Pirates improve to 88-65 and remain atop the National League Wild Card standings.

Pittsburgh's offense finally woke up after a quiet series, pounding out 10 runs on 14 hits in its biggest offensive output this month. Second baseman Neil Walker paced the club with a 4-of-5 performance, adding three RBI. In total, five Pirates recorded multiple-hit games.

Ian Kennedy (6-10) picked up the loss for San Diego, giving up six runs on eight hits and lasting just 3⅔ innings. The Padres fall to 71-81 and sit 15½ games out of the Wild Card.

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