Mighty McCutchen busts out of slump, powers Pirates to victory

Each night in the 2016 baseball season, we’ll run down the top news, facts and highlights from action around Major League Baseball.Andrew McCutchen hitthree home runs Tuesday night to help the Pirates beat the Rockies 9-4 at Coors Field.MORE: Impre sive group poised to make All-Star Game debutsThe slugging center fielder came into the game with just two multi-hit performances all season, and his last one was April 6. McCutchen has now twice hit three home runs in a game during his career, andhebecame just the third player to have 10 multi-home run games while spending his entire career with the Pirates.Willie Stargell (36) and Roberto Clemente (13) are the others.After winning their first four games, the Pirates went into a slump, but have now won five of their last six games as the lineup has started to heat up.Pirates manager Clint Hurdle gave McCutchena day offMonday after he struck out four timesSunday. Thatdecision paid off. McCutchen’s five RBIsTuesdaydoubled his season total.Coors Field has been kind to https://www.marinersedges.com/seattle-mariners/kyle-seager-jersey a lot of hitters over the years, and it may have been just the place to get McCutchen’s season headed in the right direction.Player of the DayWhite Sox ace Chris Sale moved to 5-0after to sing eight innings of one-run ball in a 10-1 win over the Blue Jays. Sale struck out six and gave up just four hits as he dropped his ERA to 1.66. Don’t look now, but Chicago could be in line for two Cy Young Award winners this season with Sale and the Cubs’ Jake Arrieta.MORE: Arrieta ‘flattered’ by PED accusationsHighlightBraves second basemanDaniel Castro madean incredible catch:Just silly. WOW.https://t.co/GIC1QUBDGv https://www.marinersedges.com/seattle-mariners/carlos-ruiz-jersey MLB (@MLB) April 27, 2016Three things to know Blue Jays designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion’sseventh-inning home runoffSale was calculated at 451 feet, Encarnacion’s eighth home runof at least 450 feet in the last five years. Red Sox aceDavid Pricetied a careerhigh with 14 strikeouts Tuesday against the Braves (seven swinging).Price, who allowed just two runs in eight innings in an 11-4 win, lowered his ERA to 5.76. The Cubs beat the Brewers 4-3 on Tuesday and improved to15-5 on the season, their best start through 20 games since starting 16-4 in 1907. They won the World Series that year.What’s nextWhite Sox (15-6) at Blue Jays (10-12), 7:07 p.m. ET Carlos Ruiz Jersey :The White Sox have made a statement by winning the first two games in this series in Toronto. Chicago’s pitching staff is lights-out right now and the lineup keeps getting timely hits. The Blue Jays have been maddeningly inconsistent, but their bats can beat any team,any night.Brewers (8-12) at Cubs (15-5), 8:05 p.m. ET: This will be a tale of opposites as Arrieta (4-0, 0.87 ERA) faces off against Taylor Jungmann (0-3, 8.47 ERA). Arrieta will be making hisfirst start since hisno-hitter last week.The Cubs lead the NL Central, but the Pirates and Cardinals are starting to play better.