ST. LOUIS — Gerrit Cole and the Pittsburgh Pirates played a game of role reversal, and pulled even with the St. Louis Cardinals.
The hard-throwing rookie gave up two hits in six dominant innings and also had an RBI in his postseason debut, Pedro Alvarez homered for the second straight day, and the Pirates beat the Cardinals, 7-1, Friday to even their NL Division Series at one game apiece.
‘‘Just what we’ve been seeing all year,’’ Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ‘‘You saw a focused man that was ready to go.’’
A day after St. Louis got a strong effort from its starter and took advantage of mistakes to romp 9-1 in the opener, the Cardinals looked tentative in the field. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.