08/20 21:24 CDT Marte hits 3-run HR in eighth, Pirates top Nationals 4-1
Marte hits 3-run HR in eighth, Pirates top Nationals 4-1
By WES CROSBY
PITTSBURGH (AP) --- Starling Marte hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in eighth
inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Washington Nationals 4-1 Tuesday
After struggling to manage anything off Stephen Strasburg through seven
innings, Pittsburgh loaded the bases against Wander Suero (3-7) with nobody out
in the eighth when Adam Frazier bunted a single past the mound. Bryan Reynolds
tied it 1-1 with a sacrifice fly before Marte drove a fastball from Daniel
Hudson 397 feet to right-center for his 22nd homer of the season.
Pirates closer Felipe Vzquez (3-1) went 1 1/3 inning, allowing one hit with
Suero, who gave up two hits and one walk, was responsible for three of
Pittsburgh's four eighth-inning runs.
The Pirates, who are 8-28 since the All-Star break, had scored one total run in
their previous three games.
The Nationals entered two games ahead of the Cubs for the NL's first wild card,
and having won seven of their previous eight games. They had scored at least 13
runs in each of their previous three games, totaling a franchise-record 43 runs
during that stretch.
Strasburg allowed four hits and had six strikeouts in seven innings, and left
the game on track for what would have been his career-high 16th win. He has 15
wins in four of his first 10 major league seasons.
Pirates reliever Clay Holmes hit Adam Eaton with a pitch before being replaced
by Michael Feliz in the fifth. Anthony Rendon drove a double to the gap in
right-center field off Feliz, scoring Eaton for a 1-0 Nationals lead.
Holmes gave up one run on one hit in 3 2/3 innings after relieving Pirates
starter Chris Archer to start the second inning. Archer left with right
shoulder discomfort after allowing two hits before stranding runners on second
and third with back-to-back strikeouts to end the first.
Nationals: 1B Ryan Zimmerman continued his rehab assignment with the Potomac
Nationals on Tuesday. He began the assignment by playing two games for Double-A
Harrisburg after being placed on the 10-day injured list with plantar fasciitis
in his right foot July 22.
Pirates: RHP Richard Rodriguez (right shoulder inflammation) was reinstated
from the 10-day injured list. ... RHP Montana DuRapau was optioned to Triple-A
Indianapolis. ... Osuna was reinstated from the MLB Suspended List after
serving his five-game ban for his role in a July 30 benches-clearing brawl with
the Reds. ... RHP Kyle Crick was placed on the suspended list (three games) for
his role in that same July 30 incident.
Nationals: LHP Patrick Corbin (9-5, 3.34) has given up three runs or fewer in
10 of his past 11 starts. He allowed one run on seven hits in six innings of a
2-1 win over Milwaukee his last time out on Aug. 16.
Pirates: RHP Joe Musgrove (8-11, 4.59) will try for his first win in August. He
is 0-2 in three starts this month since last winning July 30, when he
surrendered two runs in six innings against Cincinnati.
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