Bell's single lifts Pirates over reeling White Sox 3-2

PITTSBURGH (AP) Josh Bell was in the unaccustomed role of pinch hitter when he stepped to the plate, getting a rare break from the starting lineup in a day game after a night game.

He adjusted quite nicely.

Bell singled to break a seventh-inning tie, and the streaking Pittsburgh Pirates beat the skidding Chicago White Sox 3-2 Wednesday.

''He's ready to go. There's no doubt about it,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ''His preparation has always been good. I just like the fight that he's got when he gets in the box.''

Pittsburgh won for the seventh time in eight games and improved to 10-2 in interleague play this season. It has won eight straight against the White Sox, outscoring them 45-17 during the streak.

Chicago matched the worst start in franchise history at a major league-worst 10-29. The White Sox have dropped nine of 10.

The game was tied at 2 when Elias Diaz led off the seventh with a double against Chicago reliever Joakim Soria (0-2). Jordy Mercer walked with one out and Bell grounded a single into left.

Rookie Edgar Santana (1-0) allowed one hit in 1 1/3 scoreless innings for his first major league win. He relieved Jameson Taillon with the game tied and the bases loaded in the sixth inning and got rookie pinch-hitter Daniel Palka to hit an inning-ending groundout.

''It was a really exciting moment,'' Santana said. ''When I came in, I just tried to get this guy out. I didn't want the runs to score for my friend, Taillon. I wasn't thinking about (getting) the win.''

Palka was disappointed not to come through in the clutch.

''He got me out front and I rolled over on it,'' Palka said. ''It wasn't a good piece of hitting.''

Felipe Vazquez pitched the ninth for his eighth save in eight chances. Welington Castillo singled with two out, but Jose Abreu bounced into a game-ending forceout.

Leury Garcia and Yolmer Sanchez homered for the White Sox, who outhit the Pirates 8-4.

Pittsburgh's Sean Rodriguez hit a two-run double in the second.

Taillon allowed five hits, struck out five and walked three, showing no ill effects from a cut right index finger that forced him from Friday's start against San Francisco after three innings.

''He had to roll his sleeves up, and went to work all day long,'' Hurdle said. ''He stayed aggressive throughout.''

Hector Santiago pitched five innings for Chicago in place of Carson Fulmer, who was pushed back to Friday against Texas to allow for extra work with pitching coach Don Cooper.

''I thought he did a nice job,'' White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. ''He kept us in the game. He pitched with conviction and did a good job of keeping them off balance.''

ANDERSON'S DAY OFF

White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson was not in the lineup after starting each of the first 37 games. He pinch-hit in the ninth and flied out. Sanchez, the regular third baseman, played shortstop and Matt Davidson started at third.

Sanchez made a sliding over-the-shoulder catch in short left field to take away a hit from David Freese in the seventh inning.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: C Francisco Cervelli (bruised right forearm) and CF Starling Marte (strained right oblique) were out of the lineup after leaving Tuesday night's 7-0 win. Both are day to day. ... RHP Joe Musgrove (strained right shoulder) is expected to make his last rehab start Thursday for Triple-A Indianapolis, and then make his Pirates debut Tuesday at Cincinnati. He was acquired from Houston in the offseason.

UP NEXT

White Sox: RHP James Shields (1-4, 5.44 ERA) starts Thursday's opener of a four-game series against visiting Texas. LHP Cole Hamels (2-4, 3.48 ERA) goes for the Rangers. Shields is winless in eight starts since beating the Royals at Kansas City on opening day.

Pirates: RHP Chad Kuhl (4-2, 4.17 ERA) will be on the mound Thursday for the start of a four-game series at San Diego. LHP Eric Lauer (1-2, 8.27 ERA) starts for the Padres. Kuhl is 3-1 in his last five starts.

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  • W: E. Santana (1-0)L: J. Soria (0-2)S: F. Vazquez (8)
  • HR: CHW - L. Garcia (2), Y. Sanchez (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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Y. Sanchez SS41111011.294.327.448.7745.5
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M. Davidson 3B40000022.250.370.567.937-1.0
L. Garcia RF31211000.268.317.392.7099.0
O. Narvaez C20100200.179.281.232.5133.0
A. Engel CF40100013.194.262.247.5090.5
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b- D. Palka PH10000003.255.269.529.7990.0
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  • a-singled for Y. Sanchez in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for Santiago in the 6th
  • c-flied out for Jones in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Moroff 2B20000011.219.265.438.7020.5
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G. Polanco RF40000024.228.333.469.802-1.0
D. Freese 3B40000014.250.324.433.757-0.5
J. Osuna 1B30000100.300.333.650.9831.0
C. Dickerson LF31100111.318.356.514.8702.5
E. Diaz C22100201.383.442.553.9956.0
S. Rodriguez CF-2B40120012.171.293.357.6503.5
J. Mercer SS20000110.234.289.365.6540.5
J. Taillon P10000100.154.214.231.4451.0
E. Santana P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-hit into fielder's choice for Moroff in the 7th
  • b-singled for Santana in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - L. Garcia (2)
  • HR - Y. Sanchez (2), L. Garcia (2)
  • RBI - Y. Sanchez (20), L. Garcia (11)
  • 2-Out RBI - Y. Sanchez (9)
BATTING
  • 2B - E. Diaz (2), S. Rodriguez (2)
  • RBI - S. Rodriguez 2 (9), J. Bell (25)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - N. Delmonico (3)
  • DP - (Santiago-Moncada-Abreu)
  • E - Y. Sanchez (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
H. Santiago5.02223205.291.589.0
J. Fry1.00001200.000.333.0
J. Soria (L, 0-2)1.02111204.731.50-5.0
N. Jones1.00001103.861.292.5
PITCHERSIP
H. Santiago5.0
J. Fry1.0
J. Soria (L, 0-2)1.0
N. Jones1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Taillon5.25223523.971.267.5
E. Santana (W, 1-0)1.11000003.001.069.0
M. Feliz (H, 8)1.01000103.001.282.5
F. Vazquez (S, 8)1.01000002.551.139.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Taillon5.2
E. Santana (W, 1-0)1.1
M. Feliz (H, 8)1.0
F. Vazquez (S, 8)1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - H. Santiago (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - H. Santiago 64-35, J. Fry 17-9, J. Soria 32-15, N. Jones 20-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Santiago 4-7, J. Soria 1-1, N. Jones 1-1
  • Batters Faced - H. Santiago 19, J. Fry 4, J. Soria 7, N. Jones 4
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Taillon (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 96-59, E. Santana 16-11, M. Feliz 14-11, F. Vazquez 9-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 3-9, E. Santana 4-0, M. Feliz 2-0, F. Vazquez 1-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 26, E. Santana 5, M. Feliz 4, F. Vazquez 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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Y. Moncada 2B40000100.254.350.484.8341.0
Y. Sanchez SS41111011.294.327.448.7745.5
a- W. Castillo PH10100000.250.303.457.7601.0
T. Thompson PR00000000.107.138.286.4240.0
J. Abreu 1B50100012.287.349.487.8360.5
N. Delmonico LF40100001.223.326.304.6291.0
M. Davidson 3B40000022.250.370.567.937-1.0
L. Garcia RF31211000.268.317.392.7099.0
O. Narvaez C20100200.179.281.232.5133.0
A. Engel CF40100013.194.262.247.5090.5
H. Santiago P20000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
b- D. Palka PH10000003.255.269.529.7990.0
J. Fry P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Soria P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-singled for Y. Sanchez in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for Santiago in the 6th
  • c-flied out for Jones in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Moroff 2B20000011.219.265.438.7020.5
a- A. Frazier PH-CF10000002.229.288.330.6180.0
G. Polanco RF40000024.228.333.469.802-1.0
D. Freese 3B40000014.250.324.433.757-0.5
J. Osuna 1B30000100.300.333.650.9831.0
C. Dickerson LF31100111.318.356.514.8702.5
E. Diaz C22100201.383.442.553.9956.0
S. Rodriguez CF-2B40120012.171.293.357.6503.5
J. Mercer SS20000110.234.289.365.6540.5
J. Taillon P10000100.154.214.231.4451.0
E. Santana P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- J. Bell PH10110000.263.341.408.7492.0
M. Feliz P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-hit into fielder's choice for Moroff in the 7th
  • b-singled for Santana in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - L. Garcia (2)
  • HR - Y. Sanchez (2), L. Garcia (2)
  • RBI - Y. Sanchez (20), L. Garcia (11)
  • 2-Out RBI - Y. Sanchez (9)
BATTING
  • 2B - E. Diaz (2), S. Rodriguez (2)
  • RBI - S. Rodriguez 2 (9), J. Bell (25)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - N. Delmonico (3)
  • DP - (Santiago-Moncada-Abreu)
  • E - Y. Sanchez (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
H. Santiago5.02223205.291.589.0
J. Fry1.00001200.000.333.0
J. Soria (L, 0-2)1.02111204.731.50-5.0
N. Jones1.00001103.861.292.5
Total8.0433670---
PITCHERSIP
H. Santiago5.0
J. Fry1.0
J. Soria (L, 0-2)1.0
N. Jones1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Taillon5.25223523.971.267.5
E. Santana (W, 1-0)1.11000003.001.069.0
M. Feliz (H, 8)1.01000103.001.282.5
F. Vazquez (S, 8)1.01000002.551.139.0
Total9.0822362---
PITCHERSIP
J. Taillon5.2
E. Santana (W, 1-0)1.1
M. Feliz (H, 8)1.0
F. Vazquez (S, 8)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - H. Santiago (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - H. Santiago 64-35, J. Fry 17-9, J. Soria 32-15, N. Jones 20-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Santiago 4-7, J. Soria 1-1, N. Jones 1-1
  • Batters Faced - H. Santiago 19, J. Fry 4, J. Soria 7, N. Jones 4
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Taillon (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 96-59, E. Santana 16-11, M. Feliz 14-11, F. Vazquez 9-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 3-9, E. Santana 4-0, M. Feliz 2-0, F. Vazquez 1-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 26, E. Santana 5, M. Feliz 4, F. Vazquez 4
  • 7TH INNING
    Bell singled to left, Diaz scored, Mercer to second23
  • 5TH INNING
    Sanchez homered to right22
  • 2ND INNING
    Rodriguez doubled to deep left, Dickerson and Diaz scored, Rodriguez out at third12
    Garcia homered to right center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Felipe Vazquez relieved Michael Feliz
    • Tim Anderson hit for Nate Jones
    • T. Anderson: Anderson flied out to center
    • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Moncada lined out to center
    • Welington Castillo hit for Yolmer Sanchez
    • W. Castillo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Castillo reached on an infield single to second
    • Trayce Thompson ran for Welington Castillo
    • J. Abreu: Abreu grounded into fielder's choice to third, Thompson out at second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Michael Feliz pitching
    • M. Davidson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Davidson struck out swinging
    • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Garcia grounded out to second
    • O. Narvaez: Ball, Strike looking, Narvaez singled to center
    • A. Engel: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Engel grounded out to catcher
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Nate Jones relieved Joakim Soria
    • J. Osuna: Strike looking, Osuna grounded out to second
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Dickerson popped out to shortstop
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Diaz walked
    • S. Rodriguez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Rodriguez struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • E. Santana Pitching:
    • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Moncada grounded out to shortstop
    • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Sanchez grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Abreu reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • N. Delmonico: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Delmonico grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Joakim Soria relieved Jace Fry
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Diaz doubled to left center
    • S. Rodriguez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Rodriguez fouled out to first
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mercer walked
    • Josh Bell hit for Edgar Santana
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bell singled to left, Diaz scored, Mercer to second
    • Adam Frazier hit for Max Moroff
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Frazier reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Mercer to third, Bell to second on 3rd baseman Sanchez fielding error
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
    • D. Freese: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Freese struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • N. Delmonico: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Delmonico flied out to shallow left
    • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Davidson fouled out to first
    • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Garcia doubled to deep left
    • O. Narvaez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Narvaez walked
    • A. Engel: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Engel reached on an infield single to third, Garcia to third, Narvaez to second
    • Daniel Palka hit for Hector Santiago
    • Edgar Santana relieved Jameson Taillon
    • D. Palka: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Palka grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jace Fry pitching
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Freese popped out to shortstop
    • J. Osuna: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Osuna walked
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • H. Santiago: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Santiago fouled out to right
    • Y. Moncada: Strike swinging, Foul, Moncada grounded out to first
    • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez homered to right
    • J. Abreu: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Abreu struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • H. Santiago Pitching:
    • S. Rodriguez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Rodriguez flied out to center
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Strike looking, Mercer fouled out to catcher
    • J. Taillon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Taillon walked
    • M. Moroff: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Moroff struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • N. Delmonico: Delmonico lined out to shortstop
    • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Davidson struck out swinging
    • L. Garcia: Ball, Garcia hit by pitch
    • O. Narvaez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Narvaez walked, Garcia to second
    • A. Engel: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Engel struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • H. Santiago Pitching:
    • D. Freese: Foul, Ball, Ball, Freese flied out to deep left
    • J. Osuna: Foul, Osuna grounded out to second
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Dickerson walked
    • E. Diaz: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Diaz flied out to center
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • Y. Moncada: Ball, Moncada flied out to center
    • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Sanchez grounded out to first
    • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Abreu grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • H. Santiago Pitching:
    • J. Taillon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Taillon grounded out to second
    • M. Moroff: Ball, Foul, Ball, Moroff popped out to third
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Polanco popped out to pitcher
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • L. Garcia: Garcia homered to right center
    • O. Narvaez: Foul, Strike looking, Narvaez flied out to deep center
    • A. Engel: Ball, Engel flied out to left
    • H. Santiago: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Santiago struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • H. Santiago Pitching:
    • J. Osuna: Ball, Foul, Osuna grounded out to third
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Dickerson singled to left
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Diaz walked, Dickerson to second
    • S. Rodriguez: Ball, Strike looking, Rodriguez doubled to deep left, Dickerson and Diaz scored, Rodriguez out at third
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mercer struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Moncada walked
    • Y. Sanchez: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul tip, Sanchez struck out on foul tip
    • J. Abreu: Ball, Strike swinging, Abreu flied out to deep left
    • N. Delmonico: Ball, Delmonico singled to left center, Moncada to second
    • M. Davidson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Davidson flied out to center
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • H. Santiago Pitching:
    • M. Moroff: Strike looking, Ball, Moroff hit by pitch
    • G. Polanco: Foul, Strike looking, Polanco flied out to center
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Freese grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, Moroff out at second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)