Pirates Rally for 5-4 Win Over Marlins

Bell's go-ahead double in seventh lifts Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Pirates' Colin Moran (19) slides into home as Miami Marlins catcher Bryan Holaday looks on during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, June 16, 2019, in Miami. Moran scored on a double by Jung Ho Kang. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

MIAMI (AP) — Josh Bell padded his NL-leading RBI total and helped the Pittsburgh Pirates to a series-clinching victory.

Bell’s go-ahead double in the seventh lifted the Pirates over the Miami Marlins 5-4 on Sunday.

The Pirates rallied from a 4-2 deficit on Corey Dickerson’s pinch-hit RBI double off Miami starter Sandy Alcantara in the sixth and took the lead in the seventh against reliever Nick Anderson (2-3) on Melky Cabrera’s game-tying triple and Bell’s double that scored Cabrera.

That was Bell’s 65th RBI. He had 62 last season.

“It’s great,” Bell said. “Hopefully I’ll continue to progress and continue to trust the process.”

Cabrera went 2-for-4 and Kevin Newman also had two hits for the Pirates, who won the series after ending a seven-game slide Friday. Pittsburgh finished with seven extra-base hits and the leadoff hitter reached in six of the first seven innings.

“Huge, whenever you put the pressure on them and start getting each pitcher into the stretch, you know they’re getting out of their comfort zone and we took advantage,” Bell said.

Richard Rodriguez (1-3) pitched a scoreless sixth and Kyle Krick got the next five outs. Felipe V’zquez pitched 1 1/3 innings around Austin Dean’s pinch-hit single in the ninth for his 16th save.

“We pitched a little bit better than them and we swung the bats a little bit better than them and we handled the ball defensively,” Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. “So those are pretty good recipes for success.”

Alcantara gave up three runs and eight hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked two.

“Obviously, was not totally clean,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said of Alcantara’s outing. “It seemed like he had battles every inning. Early on, he had some traffic (on the bases) but got out of trouble.”

Alcantara felt he could have continued after his 85-pitch performance.

“I was competing. I was working hard every inning, and just trying to do my best,” Alcantara said. “I don’t think I pitched a bad game today, but the manager took me out and nothing I can do about that.”

The Marlins erased a two-run deficit, scoring four in the fourth on Harold Ramirez’s three-run home run and Alcantara’s RBI single.

Ramirez drove Pittsburgh starter Chris Archer’s fastball over the wall in left-center for his second homer of the season.

Archer allowed four runs, seven hits, struck out eight and walked three in five innings.

Jung Ho Kang’s two-run double in the fourth gave the Pirates a 2-0 lead. Kang drove in Colin Moran and Bell, who reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced to third on Moran’s single to right.

TAKING THE FIFTH AFTER A DIFFICULT FOURTH

In the Pirates’ 4-3 loss Saturday, Hurdle lifted Dario Agrazal, who made his major league debut, after he allowed three runs in the fourth inning. Hurdle had more patience with Archer and allowed him to pitch the fifth. Archer threw 41 pitches in the first three innings before enduring a 45-pitch fourth.

“Because of the experience, because of the ability to pitch,” Hurdle said. “Archer — he’s our ace. He’s our guy. You trust the people you’re willing to trust.”

Archer allowed Ramirez’s two-out double in the fifth before finishing the inning and then Hurdle opted for his relievers.

“I minimized it as much as I could,” Archer said. “Our team stepped up and bailed me out. I’m really happy about that.”

ROSTER MOVE

A day after pitching four innings in his major league debut, Dario Agrazal was returned to Triple-A Indianapolis. The Pirates recalled Agrazal, 24, early Saturday for his outing, which ended after he allowed three runs, six hits and struck out three in a no-decision. RHP Yefry Ramirez was recalled from Indianapolis to take Agrazal’s spot.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Pirates: RHP Chris Statton (right side discomfort) allowed three runs (one earned) and five hits in two innings of relief in his second rehab relief outing Friday at Triple-A Indianapolis.

Marlins: After participating in pregame workouts during the Marlins home series with the Pirates, IF Neil Walker (right quadriceps strain) will continue baseball activities at the club’s Class A complex in Jupiter.

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP Mitch Keller (0-1) will start the opener of the home series against Detroit on Tuesday.

Marlins: RHP Elieser Hern’ndez (0-1) will start the opener of a four-game series at St. Louis on Monday. Hernandez allowed three runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Cardinals on June 11.

Brewers 5, Giants 3

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Eric Thames and Jesfls Aguilar homered to help the Milwaukee Brewers avoid a sweep with a victory over the San Francisco Giants.

Christian Yelich had two doubles, extending his season-high hitting streak to 13 games. The reigning NL MVP is batting .472 (25 for 53) with five homers over that stretch.

Matt Albers (3-2) pitched the fifth for the win, allowing just one inherited baserunner to score after relieving Chase Anderson with the bases loaded and no outs. Anderson gave up three runs in four-plus innings.

Brandon Belt’s sacrifice fly off Albers closed the Giants to within 5-3. Albers, Junior Guerra, Jeremy Jeffress and Josh Hader combined for five shutout innings of two-hit ball in relief for the Brewers. Hader pitched a perfect two final innings, striking out three to get his 17th save in 18 chances.

Nationals 15, Diamondbacks 5

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three years ago, Matt Adams’ dad initiated a holiday tradition with his slugging son: No matter where Adams was playing, he would be in the stadium on Father’s Day.

Jamie Adams got a big payoff for his roughly three-hour drive from Pennsylvania this year.

Matt Adams homered twice and drove in a career-high seven runs, Anibal Sanchez got his 100th career victory, and the Washington Nationals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks to split their four-game series.

Adams, Anthony Rendon and Kurt Suzuki homered off Arizona reliever Zack Godley, and Adams added a grand slam against Stefan Crichton in the eighth. Adams tied a career best with two long drives and has nine career multihomer games.

Braves 15, Phillies 1

ATLANTA (AP) — Josh Donaldson homered for the third straight game, Mike Foltynewicz allowed only one run in six innings and the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies to win the three-game series and solidify their NL East lead.

Donaldson’s two-run homer in the third off Cole Irvin gave the Braves a 5-0 lead. Donaldson had three hits for the second straight game.

The Braves piled on with five runs in the seventh, when Tyler Flowers hit a two-run homer and Ronald Acu’a Jr. also homered off Jerad Eickhoff. Atlanta outhit Philadelphia 19-6.

Cardinals 4, Mets 3

NEW YORK (AP) — Paul DeJong tagged the Mets again, hitting a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning that sent the St. Louis Cardinals over New York.

The Cardinals won despite getting outhit 10-3. They took three of four in the series, and DeJong homered in each victory.

DeJong is 30 for 83 (.361) with nine homers and 10 doubles against the Mets overall.

Paul Goldschmidt hit a prodigious home run off the facade of the second deck and scored twice for St. Louis, which went 5-5 on its season-long 10-game road trip.

Padres 14, Rockies 13

DENVER (AP) — The Padres and Rockies set a modern-era record by combining for 92 runs in a four-game series, with San Diego pitcher Matt Strahm drawing a pinch-hit, bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning to rally past Colorado.

It was just another wacky day at Coors Field, especially in this split series where the Rockies outscored the Padres 48-44 while the teams combined for 131 hits. Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon became the first player since at least 1900 with 15 hits in a four-game series, according to STATS. Adding to the zaniness: the finale was delayed once to clean up a big puddle in foul territory despite sunny skies, and again later because of weather.

Dodgers 3, Cubs 2

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Russell Martin singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, Alex Verdugo made a game-saving catch for the game’s final out and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied to beat the Chicago Cubs.

Cody Bellinger hit his 23rd homer in front of his parents on Father’s Day.

Martin struck out in his first three at-bats before singling to left off Steve Cishek (1-4). Chris Taylor came around from second base after he walked to open the inning. He slid headfirst and his helmet went flying as the throw from Kris Bryant sailed past catcher Willson Contreras.

INTERLEAGUE

Reds 11, Rangers 3

CINCINNATI (AP) — Jesse Winker homered and set career highs with four hits and five RBI, Yasiel Puig added a two-run shot, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Texas Rangers to avoid a three-game sweep.

The Reds broke open a one-run game with a four-run fourth. Winker followed pitcher Sonny Gray’s leadoff triple with a homer, his 11th of the season and first in 21 games. Puig drove in Joey Votto with a shot off the batter’s eye for his 13th homer on the first pitch he saw from reliever Pete Fairbanks.

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