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Miami Defeats Pittsburgh, 3-1

Pittsburgh Pirates' Colin Moran (19) hits a double down the first baseline, driving in a run, during the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, June 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH — Sandy Alcantara cruised through eight innings, ending the Miami Marlins’ longest losing streak in six years at eight games with a 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.

Jesus Aguilar hit a long solo home run and added a sacrifice fly for Miami.

Alcantara (3-5) gave up one run and six hits, striking out six. The right-hander allowed a leadoff double to Adam Frazier in the eighth, but retired the next three batters to finish his outing.

“We are like a family here,” Alcantara said. “We support each other. I think we’ve been doing a great job. There’s been a lot of people getting hurt. That can happen. You can do nothing about it. We just have to keep positive and keep working hard.”

It was the second time in his past three starts that Alcantara went eight innings.

The Marlins last lost eight straight from May 15-22, 2015. They blew two eighth-inning leads in the first three games this series, a one-run lead in a 5-3 loss Thursday and a three-run lead before losing 8-7 in 12 innings Saturday.

“Obviously, it felt good,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “This thing builds and builds.

“You don’t really think about it early on, but as it starts to grow and you’ve lost a couple of tough games, it creeps in there. It creeps into your team. It’s good to get one on the board.”

Yimi Garcia pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 10th save.

Pirates starter Chad Kuhl (0-3) allowed two earned runs and three hits in six innings.

“Hot day, felt like I conserved pitches,” Kuhl said.

“Felt like I kept my pitch count in a good spot. … Felt great. Felt like I had 100 pitches in the tank.”

Shortstop Erik Gonzalez fumbled a toss while covering second after Corey Dickerson grounded to Frazier at second base in the sixth, letting the Marlins take a 2-1 lead. Jazz Chisholm Jr. scored from second, though he had some trouble running home after getting hit on right foot with pitch to reach base.

“(Frazier) got aggressive on it. I actually think he made the right play,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “(Gonzalez), as we’ve seen, is elite. It’s just a tough play.”

Aguilar followed with a sacrifice fly to tack on another run. He hit a 444-foot home run, his 12th, into the left field bleachers to tie it 1-all in the second.

“We’ve been playing good,” Aguilar said. “A couple of adjustments today. That’s what we have to do. Keep playing. This game is not easy, but I think we’ve got the right guys. We just have to keep going.”

After giving up an RBI double to Colin Moran in the first inning, Alcantara didn’t get into trouble again until the fifth, when Ben Gamel led off with a ground-rule double. Michael Perez grounded to first, Kuhl struck out with Gamel on third and Frazier grounded out to end the inning.

Moran was activated from the 10-day injured list Sunday after being out since May 8 with left groin discomfort.

“I felt comfortable,” Moran said. “Obviously, first inning after being out a while, it’s nice to get a little action over there. I thought it was like it always happens, it always finds a guy. That first at bat was kind of just getting a ground ball, getting into the game and get things going.”

ROSTER MOVE

Pirates INF Cole Tucker was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. He was 2 for 15 with an RBI in eight games (three starts) with Pittsburgh this season.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Marlins: Chisholm could have some swelling, but should be able to play against the Boston Red Sox on Monday, Mattingly said. … INF/OF Garrett Cooper missed a second straight game with back stiffness.

Pirates: RHP Mitch Keller was placed on the COVID-IL list. … LHP Austin Davis (left elbow sprain) was reinstated from the 60-day injured list. He retired the side in order when relieving Kuhl in the seventh.

UP NEXT

Marlins: RHP Pablo Lopez (1-3, 2.82 ERA) will take the mound in Boston against the Red Sox on Monday, making up a game postponed May 30. Despite having just one win this season, Lopez has allowed fewer than three runs in 10 of 12 starts.

Pirates: RHP JT Brubaker (4-4, 3.74) is in line to start against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, the first of a three-game set. Brubaker gave up four hits in six shutout innings his last time out against the Colorado Rockies on May 29.

WHITE SOX 3, TIGERS 0

CHICAGO (AP) — Tony La Russa moved past John McGraw into sole possession of second on baseball’s career manager wins list, directing the Chicago White Sox to a victory over the Detroit Tigers.

It was win No. 2,764 for La Russa, who was hired by Chicago in October for his first managerial job since he led St. Louis to the World Series championship in 2011. It has been a bit of a bumpy ride so far, but the 76-year-old Hall of Famer has the White Sox on top of the AL Central.

PHILLIES 12, NATIONALS 6

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Stadium workers using tractors scrambled to hoist the protective netting behind home plate after it suddenly collapsed while Trea Turner was batting in the eighth inning. No one appeared to be hurt in the mishap, which caused a 20-minute delay.

BREWERS 2, DIAMONDBACKS 0

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Corbin Burnes (3-4) struck out a career-high 13 in seven innings, sending Arizona to its team-record 17th straight road loss.

Daniel Robertson homered in the fifth off Caleb Smith (2-2) and Tyrone Taylor in the sixth against Riley Smith as the Brewers completed a four-game sweep for their four-game home winning streak since Sept. 19-22, 2019.

ORIOLES 18, INDIANS 5

BALTIMORE (AP) — Cedric Mullins hit a leadoff homer as part of a three-hit day, and Baltimore scored its most runs since beating beating Oakland 18-2 on Aug. 16, 2015. The Orioles had 21 hits.

Mullins reached base in his first five plate appearances before his flyout in the eighth ended his on-base streak at 11. He had hits in nine consecutive at-bats in that span.

BRAVES 4, DODGERS 2

ATLANTA (AP) — Max Fried outpitched Trevor Bauer, and Atlanta took two of three in the first meeting of the teams since Los Angeles rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win last year’s NL Championship Series.

Fried (3-3) allowed one run and six hits in six innings and walked none for the first time in nine starts. Bauer (6-4) gave up three runs and six hits in six innings and matched his season high of four walks for the fourth time.

ASTROS 6, BLUE JAYS 3

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jose Altuve led off the game with a home run, rookie Luis Garcia (5-3) earned his fifth straight win, allowing one run and three hits in six innings.

Ryan Pressly worked the ninth for his ninth save.

TWINS 2, ROYALS 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Minnesota first baseman Miguel Sano swooped in to catch a popped-up bunt and start a triple play.

With Jarrod Dyson on second and Cam Gallagher on first, Nicky Lopez bunted to the right side. Sano charged in to make the catch and threw to shortstop Andrelton Simmons to double off Dyson.

REDS 8, CARDINALS 7

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jesse Winker hit a tiebreaking home run off Alex Reyes (3-2) in the ninth for his second three-homer game this season, and Cincinnati completed its first four-game sweep of St. Louis since May 4-7, 1990.

Winker had six RBIs and Eugenio Suarez added a two-run double for the Reds, who led 7-0 by the third inning.

ROCKIES 3, ATHLETICS 1

DENVER (AP) — German Marquez (4-5) allowed one run and four hits in six innings, and Colorado avoided a three-game sweep. Daniel Bard pitched two innings for his seventh save.

Raimel Tapia provided the early offense with a two-out RBI single in the third off James Kaprielian (2-1) and Brendan Rodgers brought in another on a sacrifice fly in the fourth.

RAYS 7, RANGERS 1

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rookie Taylor Walls had a tiebreaking, two-run double in the eighth off Josh Sborz, his season-high third hit, after Tampa Bay loaded the bases with no outs against John King (5-4).

The AL-leading Rays trailed 1-0 before scoring three runs in the eighth and four in the ninth to get the series victory in their return to the stadium that hosted their neutral-site World Series loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers last fall.

CUBS 4, GIANTS 3

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Patrick Wisdom hit a pair of home runs and drove in three runs in helping Chicago avoid a four-game sweep. Wisdom has seven home runs in 13 games this season.

Kyle Hendricks (7-4) won his fifth straight start, allowing three runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. Craig Kimbrel struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 14th save.

METS 6, PADRES 2

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Marcus Stroman won his second straight decision after four consecutive losses and doubled in a run as New York gained a four-game split.

Stroman (5-4) gave up an unearned run and four hits in 6 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts and four walks, his most since Sept. 12, 2019. Miguel Castro and Trevor May finished a six-hitter.

MARINERS 9, ANGELS 5

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Donovan Walton hit the go-ahead home run in the third inning. and Logan Gilbert (1-2) struck out seven and allowed two hits in five innings for his first major league win.

On a day when Patrick Sandoval (0-2) induced 32 swings and misses, the most of any big league pitcher this year, Walton led off the third by lining a fastball down the right-field line for a 2-1 lead.

RED SOX 6,

YANKEES 5

10 INNINGS

NEW YORK (AP) — Xander Bogaerts hit a two-run single with two outs in the 10th inning, and the Boston Red Sox held off the New York Yankees in a wild finish for their first three-game sweep in the Bronx since June 2011.

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