PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 12: Clint Barmes #12 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits a grand slam home run in the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres during the game on August 12, 2012 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
As the old saying goes, all good things must come to an end. The Padres had won 11 straight games at Pittsburgh's PNC Park. But, even the Generals beat the Globetrotters once, so the dominance couldn't last forever.
The Pirates finally beat the Padres 11-5 on Sunday afternoon, despite falling in to an early hole.
The Padres scored four runs in the 1st inning. Chris Denorfia set the tone with a leadoff home run. San Diego added another run in the 2nd to take a 5-0 lead and, given their recent history in the Steel City, make a bunch of Pirates fans feel like turning off their TVs.
But, in the 4th inning, the Bucs had one of those cathartic moments. As Bud Black phrased it in his post-game media session, "... they ambushed us there in the 4th."
The Pirates scored nine runs in the inning. Clint Barmes had the big blow, a grand slam off former Pirates starter Ross Ohlendorf.
The Padres still won the series 2-1. San Diego opens a 4-game series in Atlanta on Monday.