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Josh Bell, Gerrit Cole lead Pittsburgh Pirates past Washington Nationals

Josh Bell, Gerrit Cole lead Pittsburgh Pirates past Washington Nationals

The Pirates will counter with their starting pitcher who has most reliably gone deep into games, Gerrit Cole.

After averaging just two runs scored per nine innings with Cole on the mound, the Pirates' offense scored five for him on Wednesday in a 6-1 win over the Washington Nationals.

In 7 innings of work, Gerrit Cole held the best offense in baseball to just 1 run on 3 hits, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts.

"We hung in there, played really good defense and kept them off the board so we could strike first", Cole said. "The team played a great game". Rivero continued his dominant season needing just 8 pitches to retire the Nationals in order. He finished with two hits to move ahead of Zimmerman for the major league-lead in batting average (.388).

Bell was immediately removed from the game for defensive purposes, which continues to baffle me. "But you just have to stick with the process and control what you can control". The only hit the most prolific offense in baseball managed through six innings was a blooper to center by Jose Lobaton.

The Nationals finally got to Cole in the seventh, when Daniel Murphy hit a groundball up the middle and Goodwin doubled off the wall in right field.

"He had everything working tonight and it was the fifth or sixth inning before we kind of went 'what happened?'" Washington manager Dusty Baker said of Cole.

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Bell's 398-foot blast to the seats in right field was his eighth of the season and was the only damage against Washington spot starter Jacob Turner (2-2).

Cole made sure it held up, holding the Nationals to three hits over seven innings while striking out three. As a rookie in 2010, Neil Walker hit 12 home runs from both sides of the plate, and with the hot streak Bell is on now, he could match that total by the end of the month. "How those (other) guys got on base, stuff like that can't happen". "I've got to be better in that situation".

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Gary Sanchez hit a three-run homer, Chris Carter added a two-run shot and CC Sabathia got back on track for NY. McCutchen also swiped multiple bases in the same game for the first time in three years. They have a bullpen ERA of 4.06 (tenth in the NL) and an opponents batting average against of.267 (Nats are last -.280). "I can do that".

In his career, Turner has been a starter more often than a reliever, with 54 of his 86 career appearances coming in a starting role. His lawyers say the suspended prison term issued in March has led to visa issues that have prevented him from rejoining the Pirates. Nationals RHP Joe Blanton was placed on the 10-day disabled list due to right shoulder inflammation. Oliver Perez started the inning for the Nationals, and would allow a single to Adam Frazier and a walk to John Jaso, Jaso's 3rd walk of the game, before being pulled.

Pirates: OF Gregory Polanco was put on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left groin, retroactive to May 15. If the Pirates and Tyler Glasnow (a big if himself) can wait out Tanner Roark on Thursday afternoon, they'll have a nice shot at taking this series.

Cole is 2-1 with a 2.92 ERA in four career starts against Washington.

Astros 12, Marlins 2 • Unbeaten ace Dallas Keuchel became the first seven-game victor in the majors despite pitching only five innings, his shortest outing this season, and Houston won at Miami.


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