Marte lead Pirates to 2-0 victory over Nationals

PITTSBURGH (AP) Starling Marte did not start any of the first three games of July because Pirates manager Clint Hurdle felt his slumping center fielder needed a mental break.

The strategy worked, even if Marte still doesn't agree with it.

Marte hit a two-run home run and Trevor Williams combined with four relievers on a five-hitter as Pittsburgh beat the Washington Nationals 2-0 on Wednesday.

Marte homered to deep center field, his 11th, with two outs in the third off Gio Gonzalez after Jordy Mercer led off the inning with the first of his two doubles. That was enough to give the Pirates just their third win in nine games.

Since returning to the lineup, Marte has a least a hit in all seven games, going 12 for 26 (.462).

''Personally, I don't think it's to my benefit to have days off,'' Marte said through a translator. ''I like to play every day, but I do realize there are pros to having days off and I've been reaping the benefits of it over the last week.''

''It gave him some time to work of his (hitting) approach and iron some things out,'' Hurdle said. ''He hit the reset button, got a fresh start.''

Williams (7-7) won for just the second time in his past 10 starts, giving up four hits with three strikeouts and three walks. He is 2-5 with a 6.26 ERA in that span after going 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA in his first nine outings.

''The ball seemed to be coming out of my hand better,'' Williams said. ''I was executing pitches. That's always the key, whether you throw 101 (mph) or 85. You have to execute pitches to be successful.''

Gonzalez (6-6) remained winless since May 28 despite allowing just two runs, six hits and one walk while striking out four. The left-hander is 0-4 in his past eight starts.

Though disappointed by the outcome, Gonzalez was heartened by his performance.

''That's a great, great start for me in the right direction,'' he said. ''This is one of those games you want to put behind you and move forward, but for me, this is a personal step forward and I love that.''

Washington (46-46) lost for the 11th time in 16 games and fell back to .500, scoring 20 runs in the losses and 57 runs in the wins. The Nationals entered the season as favorites to win a third consecutive NL East title.

''Consistency is the name of the game,'' first-year manager Dave Martinez said. ''The one day we hit, we score a lot. One day, we don't.''

Richard Rodriguez, Edgar Santana, Kyle Crick and Felipe Vazquez followed Williams with one scoreless inning each. Vazquez earned his 20th save in 24 opportunities.

''I thought (Williams) probably had one more inning in him, but I liked the matchups with our bullpen and thought that was the best way to win the game,'' Hurdle said.

Pittsburgh's David Freese had two hits.

NEW BATS FOR BRYCE

A new shipment of bats was in the clubhouse when Nationals CF Bryce Harper arrived at the ballpark, a day after striking out four times in a 5-1 loss on Tuesday.

The bats didn't help much, though, as Harper went 0 for 2 with two walks and a strikeout. His batting average is now .213, though he has 22 home runs.

''Don't let the batting average fool you,'' Williams said. ''He can hit the ball out of the ballpark at any time.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (right shoulder inflammation) is scheduled for a second rehab start Sunday with a team to be determined. Strasburg threw 57 pitches in 3 1/3 innings Tuesday night for Class A Potomac and his fastball topped out at 98 mph. ... 1B Ryan Zimmerman (strained right oblique) is likely to begin a rehab assignment Monday.

Pirates: RHP Chad Kuhl (strained right forearm) was examined by New York Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek in New York and advised not to throw for four weeks. ... There is no timetable for the return of INF/OF Sean Rodriguez (strained right quadriceps), who is on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Indianapolis.

UP NEXT

Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer (11-5, 2.33 ERA) is scheduled to start Thursday night against Mets LHP Steven Matz (4-6, 3.31) in the opener of a four-game series at New York. Scherzer ended a four-game losing streak Saturday when he beat Miami, allowing four runs in seven innings.

Pirates: Open an unusual five-game series against visiting Milwaukee as RHP Jameson Taillon (5-7, 4.05) opposes LHP Wade Miley (1-0, 1.42). Taillon is 1-4 against the Brewers.

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  • W: T. Williams (7-7)L: G. Gonzalez (6-6)S: F. Vazquez (20)
  • HR: PIT - S. Marte (11)
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J. Soto LF40000022.304.417.540.957-1.0
A. Rendon 3B30100101.279.345.511.8562.0
B. Harper CF20000212.213.369.468.8371.5
M. Adams 1B40000013.283.355.544.899-0.5
T. Turner SS30000121.270.349.407.7560.0
W. Difo 2B40100011.248.303.342.6460.5
M. Wieters C40000012.219.321.356.678-0.5
G. Gonzalez P20100000.065.065.097.1612.0
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J. Miller P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-singled for G. Gonzalez in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Harrison 2B40100022.256.291.348.6390.0
S. Marte CF31121101.282.334.468.8037.0
G. Polanco RF40000001.233.337.462.8000.0
F. Cervelli C40000011.247.381.468.849-0.5
D. Freese 3B30200000.272.327.415.7422.0
J. Bell 1B30100011.251.328.379.7070.5
J. Luplow LF30000002.167.167.167.3330.0
J. Mercer SS31200002.246.307.387.6945.0
T. Williams P00000000.074.107.074.1810.0
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R. Rodriguez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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F. Vazquez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Williams in the 5th
  • b-struck out for Santana in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - G. Gonzalez
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Mercer 2 (21)
  • HR - S. Marte (11)
  • SH - T. Williams (2)
  • RBI - S. Marte 2 (40)
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Marte 2 (17)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - S. Marte (5)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Mercer-Harrison-Bell)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Gonzalez (L, 6-6)6.06221413.721.469.0
S. Kelley1.01000102.630.842.5
J. Miller1.00000103.711.093.5
PITCHERSIP
G. Gonzalez (L, 6-6)6.0
S. Kelley1.0
J. Miller1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Williams (W, 7-7)5.04003304.361.2516.5
R. Rodriguez (H, 4)1.00001102.501.112.5
E. Santana (H, 10)1.01000103.320.982.5
K. Crick (H, 7)1.00000002.121.213.0
F. Vazquez (S, 20)1.00000303.201.3011.5
PITCHERSIP
T. Williams (W, 7-7)5.0
R. Rodriguez (H, 4)1.0
E. Santana (H, 10)1.0
K. Crick (H, 7)1.0
F. Vazquez (S, 20)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Gonzalez 89-56, S. Kelley 22-13, J. Miller 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Gonzalez 4-9, S. Kelley 1-1, J. Miller 1-1
  • Batters Faced - G. Gonzalez 24, S. Kelley 4, J. Miller 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Williams 81-48, R. Rodriguez 15-8, E. Santana 14-8, K. Crick 12-9, F. Vazquez 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Williams 5-7, R. Rodriguez 1-0, E. Santana 1-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Williams 22, R. Rodriguez 3, E. Santana 4, K. Crick 3, F. Vazquez 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Eaton RF40100002.316.389.410.8001.0
J. Soto LF40000022.304.417.540.957-1.0
A. Rendon 3B30100101.279.345.511.8562.0
B. Harper CF20000212.213.369.468.8371.5
M. Adams 1B40000013.283.355.544.899-0.5
T. Turner SS30000121.270.349.407.7560.0
W. Difo 2B40100011.248.303.342.6460.5
M. Wieters C40000012.219.321.356.678-0.5
G. Gonzalez P20100000.065.065.097.1612.0
a- B. Goodwin PH10100000.197.324.361.6851.0
S. Kelley P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-singled for G. Gonzalez in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Harrison 2B40100022.256.291.348.6390.0
S. Marte CF31121101.282.334.468.8037.0
G. Polanco RF40000001.233.337.462.8000.0
F. Cervelli C40000011.247.381.468.849-0.5
D. Freese 3B30200000.272.327.415.7422.0
J. Bell 1B30100011.251.328.379.7070.5
J. Luplow LF30000002.167.167.167.3330.0
J. Mercer SS31200002.246.307.387.6945.0
T. Williams P00000000.074.107.074.1810.0
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K. Crick P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
F. Vazquez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Williams in the 5th
  • b-struck out for Santana in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - G. Gonzalez
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Mercer 2 (21)
  • HR - S. Marte (11)
  • SH - T. Williams (2)
  • RBI - S. Marte 2 (40)
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Marte 2 (17)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - S. Marte (5)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Mercer-Harrison-Bell)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Gonzalez (L, 6-6)6.06221413.721.469.0
S. Kelley1.01000102.630.842.5
J. Miller1.00000103.711.093.5
Total8.0722161---
PITCHERSIP
G. Gonzalez (L, 6-6)6.0
S. Kelley1.0
J. Miller1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Williams (W, 7-7)5.04003304.361.2516.5
R. Rodriguez (H, 4)1.00001102.501.112.5
E. Santana (H, 10)1.01000103.320.982.5
K. Crick (H, 7)1.00000002.121.213.0
F. Vazquez (S, 20)1.00000303.201.3011.5
Total9.0500480---
PITCHERSIP
T. Williams (W, 7-7)5.0
R. Rodriguez (H, 4)1.0
E. Santana (H, 10)1.0
K. Crick (H, 7)1.0
F. Vazquez (S, 20)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Gonzalez 89-56, S. Kelley 22-13, J. Miller 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Gonzalez 4-9, S. Kelley 1-1, J. Miller 1-1
  • Batters Faced - G. Gonzalez 24, S. Kelley 4, J. Miller 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Williams 81-48, R. Rodriguez 15-8, E. Santana 14-8, K. Crick 12-9, F. Vazquez 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Williams 5-7, R. Rodriguez 1-0, E. Santana 1-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Williams 22, R. Rodriguez 3, E. Santana 4, K. Crick 3, F. Vazquez 3
  • 3RD INNING
    Marte homered to center, Mercer scored02
  • 9TH INNING
    • Felipe Vazquez relieved Kyle Crick
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Turner struck out looking
    • W. Difo: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Difo struck out swinging
    • M. Wieters: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Wieters struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Kyle Crick pitching
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rendon flied out to left
    • B. Harper: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Harper flied out to left
    • M. Adams: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Adams flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Justin Miller relieved Shawn Kelley
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Marte popped out to first
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Polanco grounded out to first
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cervelli struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Edgar Santana relieved Richard Rodriguez
    • M. Wieters: Foul, Wieters grounded out to pitcher
    • Brian Goodwin hit for Gio Gonzalez
    • B. Goodwin: Ball, Strike looking, Goodwin singled to center
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Ball, Eaton flied out to left
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Soto struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Shawn Kelley pitching
    • J. Luplow: Luplow grounded out to third
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Mercer doubled to deep left
    • Colin Moran hit for Edgar Santana
    • C. Moran: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moran struck out swinging
    • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Harrison popped out to second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Richard Rodriguez pitching
    • M. Adams: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Adams struck out on foul tip
    • T. Turner: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Turner walked
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Difo grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Turner out at second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Polanco flied out to deep right
    • F. Cervelli: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cervelli grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Freese singled to center
    • J. Bell: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bell struck out looking
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • G. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to third
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Eaton singled to deep right
    • J. Soto: Soto grounded out to second, Eaton to second
    • A. Rendon: Rendon singled to left, Eaton to third
    • B. Harper: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Austin Meadows hit for Trevor Williams
    • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Meadows struck out swinging
    • J. Harrison: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Harrison struck out swinging
    • S. Marte: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Marte walked
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Marte caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Harper walked
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Adams lined out to right
    • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Turner lined out to center
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Ball, Difo singled to center, Harper to second
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Wieters grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cervelli lined out to right
    • D. Freese: Ball, Freese reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • J. Bell: Ball, Bell singled to left center, Freese to third
    • J. Luplow: Foul, Ball, Foul, Luplow popped out to second
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Foul, Mercer flied out to left
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • G. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez doubled to deep right center
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Eaton lined out to left
    • J. Soto: Ball, Soto flied out to center
    • A. Rendon: Rendon lined out to center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Ball, Mercer doubled to left
    • T. Williams: Williams hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Mercer to third
    • J. Harrison: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Harrison struck out swinging
    • S. Marte: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Marte homered to center, Mercer scored
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Polanco popped out to second
    • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Turner struck out looking
    • W. Difo: Difo grounded out to second
    • M. Wieters: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Wieters popped out to third
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Freese grounded out to second
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bell grounded out to third
    • J. Luplow: Ball, Luplow flied out to left
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Eaton grounded out to second
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Soto struck out swinging
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Rendon walked
    • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Harper walked, Rendon to second
    • M. Adams: Foul, Adams flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Ball, Harrison reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • S. Marte: Marte lined out to right
    • G. Polanco: Polanco fouled out to third
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Cervelli popped out to first
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)