Pirates

Kuhl backed by hometown support, five homers

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Teammates congratulate John Jaso after his leadoff homer Thursday night. - GETTY

PHILADELPHIA -- Fuel came in many forms for Chad Kuhl and the Pirates on Thursday night.

Andrew McCutchen's two home runs punctuated a stunningly powerful night for the Pirates, who hit five over the wall in all during a 15-2 trouncing of the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Jordy Mercer's three-run homer in the seventh was the most damaging of the long balls, driving Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff from the game and opening up a 6-2 lead. McCutchen went deep in the fourth and eighth innings, making for his third multi-homer game of the year.

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John Jaso and Sean Rodríguez also homered, with the latter adding a two-run single in an eight-run ninth. It was a ruthless night for the Pirates' offense in general, which went 7 for 11 with runners in scoring position and left only one man on base.

Kuhl was arguably just as efficient, getting through six innings in 68 pitches in front of dozens of friends and family members. The Delaware native retired the first 12 Phillies he faced in his first start since Labor Day. He struck out five and walked none.