Nova wins for first time in May as Pirates beat Phillies 6-3

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates seem to have a little more bounce in their step when Ivan Nova takes the mound.

''We love when he pitches,'' third baseman David Freese said. ''He pumps strikes. He's a quiet guy, for the most part, but he's fiery on the mound.''

Nova pitched into the eighth inning for his first win in May, leading the Pirates to a 6-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.

Nova (4-3) allowed three runs and nine hits in 7 1/3 innings for first victory in four starts since April 29, a three-hit shutout of the Marlins at Miami. The NL Pitcher of the Month in April struck out three and walked none.

Nova got 14 of 22 outs on ground balls and went to a three-ball count on just two of the 30 batters he faced. It was his first start at PNC Park since April 23.

''Before the game, I was talking to the guys in the clubhouse and I couldn't remember the last time I pitched here and I had to think about it for a moment,'' Nova said. ''If felt good to be back home, though. It's always a good feeling to take the mound here.''

Francisco Cervelli and Adam Frazier hit two-run singles during a four-run sixth inning that extended the Pirates' lead to 6-1. Freese's leadoff home run, his fourth, in the fourth inning broke a 1-1 tie.

Freese's shot down the left-field line barely stayed fair.

''I was kind of wishing it over the fence but it was a good time to get one,'' he said.

Frazier had three hits and Cervelli and Freeze added two each as the Pirates won for the fifth time in seven games and sent the Phillies to their 16th loss in 20 games. Philadelphia has not won consecutive games since a six-game winning streak from April 20-27.

Vince Velasquez (2-4) gave up five runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings with six strikeouts and two walks.

''In the game, it's just a lack of commitment, a lack of concentration, just a lack of everything,'' Velasquez said. ''Geez, even in my golf game, everything is just a lack of everything. I'm just clueless right now. I'm just running like a chicken without a head.''

The Phillies cut the lead to 6-3 on an RBI single by Cameron Rupp in the seventh inning and Aaron Altherr's run-scoring double in the eighth that chased Nova. Juan Nicasio got the last two outs in the eighth and Tony Watson pitched a perfect ninth for his ninth save.

Cesar Hernandez, Freddy Galvis and Velasquez each had two hits for the Phillies and Altherr had two RBIs.

Altherr drove in the game's first run with a first-inning groundout and Andrew McCutchen tied it with an RBI single in the third.

The loss dropped the Phillies (15-25) 10 games under .500 just 40 games into the season.

''I'm just remaining optimistic because I think we're better than our record.'' manager Pete Mackanin said.

NEW RELIEVER

Right-hander Jhan Marinez joined the Pirates after being claimed off waivers from Milwaukee on Friday and will be used in middle relief. He had a 5.40 ERA in 15 games for the Brewers before being designated for assignment Monday.

TRAINERS ROOM

Phillies: LF Daniel Nava (left hamstring tightness) was not in the lineup after leaving after five innings of Friday's 7-2 win over the Pirates.

Pirates: RHP Josh Lindblom was placed on the 10-day DL with discomfort in his left side. Lindblom felt achy when he woke up Saturday morning after pitching 2 1/3 relief innings Friday night.

UP NEXT

Phillies RHP Aaron Nola (2-0, 5.40 ERA) is expected to be activated from the DL to start Sunday against RHP Chad Kuhl (1-4, 6.69) in the finale of the three-game series. Nola has been out since April 24 with a lower back strain. Kuhl is winless in seven starts since beating Atlanta on April 8 in his season debut.

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  • W: I. Nova (4-3)L: V. Velasquez (2-4)S: T. Watson (9)
  • HR: PIT - D. Freese (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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F. Galvis SS40200001.255.297.434.7323.0
A. Altherr LF40120012.311.403.6311.0343.5
T. Joseph 1B40000002.256.319.471.7900.0
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O. Herrera CF40000002.236.290.357.6470.0
M. Franco 3B41100001.224.287.381.6682.0
M. Saunders RF40000021.239.287.403.690-1.0
C. Rupp C40110000.255.339.459.7982.0
V. Velasquez P20200000.313.313.313.6252.0
M. Leiter P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- B. Stassi PH10000001.212.281.404.6850.0
L. Garcia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Blanco 1B0000-000.219.286.344.000-
  • a-lined out for Leiter in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Frazier LF51320000.358.402.469.8718.0
J. Harrison 2B30100210.286.355.463.8184.5
T. Watson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. McCutchen CF50110035.215.286.386.6720.5
J. Bell 1B40000022.248.333.511.845-1.0
J. Nicasio P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
G. Ngoepe 2B0000-000.220.347.293.000-
D. Freese 3B32211110.273.374.468.8418.5
J. Jaso RF-1B41100001.169.281.337.6192.0
F. Cervelli C41220011.227.306.395.7014.5
J. Mercer SS21000201.203.317.268.5853.0
I. Nova P30000023.000.000.000.000-1.0
D. Ortiz RF10000001.200.333.200.5330.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - F. Galvis (8), A. Altherr (9)
    • RBI - A. Altherr 2 (25), C. Rupp (13)
    • 2-Out RBI - C. Rupp (5)
    BATTING
    • HR - D. Freese (4)
    • RBI - A. Frazier 2 (12), A. McCutchen (20), D. Freese (11), F. Cervelli 2 (18)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Frazier 2 (6), A. McCutchen (8)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - A. Frazier, J. Harrison (3)
    FIELDING
    • E - C. Rupp (3), M. Saunders
    FIELDING
    • E - J. Harrison (4)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    V. Velasquez (L, 2-4)5.17552615.981.69-1.0
    M. Leiter0.21112104.914.50-3.5
    L. Garcia1.00000102.610.003.5
    E. Ramos1.02001204.003.001.0
    PITCHERSIP
    V. Velasquez (L, 2-4)5.1
    M. Leiter0.2
    L. Garcia1.0
    E. Ramos1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    I. Nova (W, 4-3)7.19330302.631.2320.5
    J. Nicasio (H, 8)0.20000001.420.000.0
    T. Watson (S, 9)1.00000002.890.0010.0
    PITCHERSIP
    I. Nova (W, 4-3)7.1
    J. Nicasio (H, 8)0.2
    T. Watson (S, 9)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - V. Velasquez 103-69, M. Leiter 19-9, L. Garcia 13-8, E. Ramos 27-18
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - V. Velasquez 6-4, M. Leiter 1-0
    • Batters Faced - V. Velasquez 25, M. Leiter 5, L. Garcia 3, E. Ramos 6
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - I. Nova 90-62, J. Nicasio 9-6, T. Watson 8-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Nova 14-4, J. Nicasio 2-0, T. Watson 2-1
    • Batters Faced - I. Nova 30, J. Nicasio 2, T. Watson 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    C. Hernandez 2B42200002.303.372.430.8024.0
    F. Galvis SS40200001.255.297.434.7323.0
    A. Altherr LF40120012.311.403.6311.0343.5
    T. Joseph 1B40000002.256.319.471.7900.0
    E. Ramos P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    O. Herrera CF40000002.236.290.357.6470.0
    M. Franco 3B41100001.224.287.381.6682.0
    M. Saunders RF40000021.239.287.403.690-1.0
    C. Rupp C40110000.255.339.459.7982.0
    V. Velasquez P20200000.313.313.313.6252.0
    M. Leiter P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    L. Garcia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    A. Blanco 1B0000-000.219.286.344.000-
    Total3539300312-----
    • a-lined out for Leiter in the 7th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Frazier LF51320000.358.402.469.8718.0
    J. Harrison 2B30100210.286.355.463.8184.5
    T. Watson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    A. McCutchen CF50110035.215.286.386.6720.5
    J. Bell 1B40000022.248.333.511.845-1.0
    J. Nicasio P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    G. Ngoepe 2B0000-000.220.347.293.000-
    D. Freese 3B32211110.273.374.468.8418.5
    J. Jaso RF-1B41100001.169.281.337.6192.0
    F. Cervelli C41220011.227.306.395.7014.5
    J. Mercer SS21000201.203.317.268.5853.0
    I. Nova P30000023.000.000.000.000-1.0
    D. Ortiz RF10000001.200.333.200.5330.0
    Total346106151014-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - F. Galvis (8), A. Altherr (9)
      • RBI - A. Altherr 2 (25), C. Rupp (13)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Rupp (5)
      BATTING
      • HR - D. Freese (4)
      • RBI - A. Frazier 2 (12), A. McCutchen (20), D. Freese (11), F. Cervelli 2 (18)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Frazier 2 (6), A. McCutchen (8)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Frazier, J. Harrison (3)
      FIELDING
      • E - C. Rupp (3), M. Saunders
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Harrison (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      V. Velasquez (L, 2-4)5.17552615.981.69-1.0
      M. Leiter0.21112104.914.50-3.5
      L. Garcia1.00000102.610.003.5
      E. Ramos1.02001204.003.001.0
      Total8.010665101---
      PITCHERSIP
      V. Velasquez (L, 2-4)5.1
      M. Leiter0.2
      L. Garcia1.0
      E. Ramos1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      I. Nova (W, 4-3)7.19330302.631.2320.5
      J. Nicasio (H, 8)0.20000001.420.000.0
      T. Watson (S, 9)1.00000002.890.0010.0
      Total9.0933030---
      PITCHERSIP
      I. Nova (W, 4-3)7.1
      J. Nicasio (H, 8)0.2
      T. Watson (S, 9)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - V. Velasquez 103-69, M. Leiter 19-9, L. Garcia 13-8, E. Ramos 27-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - V. Velasquez 6-4, M. Leiter 1-0
      • Batters Faced - V. Velasquez 25, M. Leiter 5, L. Garcia 3, E. Ramos 6
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - I. Nova 90-62, J. Nicasio 9-6, T. Watson 8-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Nova 14-4, J. Nicasio 2-0, T. Watson 2-1
      • Batters Faced - I. Nova 30, J. Nicasio 2, T. Watson 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Altherr doubled to right, Hernandez scored36
      • 7TH INNING
        Rupp singled to center, Franco scored26
      • 6TH INNING
        Frazier singled to left, Cervelli and Mercer scored, Frazier to second16
        Cervelli singled to left center, Freese and Jaso scored, Cervelli to second14
      • 4TH INNING
        Freese homered to left12
      • 3RD INNING
        McCutchen singled to right center, Frazier scored, Harrison to third on right fielder Saunders fielding error11
      • 1ST INNING
        Altherr grounded out to shortstop, Hernandez scored, Galvis to third10
      • 9TH INNING
        • T. Watson Pitching:
        • M. Franco: Foul, Ball, Ball, Franco flied out to right
        • M. Saunders: Strike looking, Saunders grounded out to pitcher
        • C. Rupp: Strike looking, Rupp grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • I. Nova Pitching:
        • C. Hernandez: Hernandez reached on an infield single to pitcher
        • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Galvis grounded out to pitcher, Hernandez to second
        • A. Altherr: Ball, Altherr doubled to right, Hernandez scored
        • T. Joseph: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Joseph grounded out to pitcher, Altherr to third
        • O. Herrera: Foul, Herrera grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Ramos Pitching:
        • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Cervelli struck out looking
        • J. Mercer: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Mercer walked
        • D. Ortiz: Strike looking, Ortiz flied out to left
        • A. Frazier: Ball, Frazier singled to left, Mercer to second
        • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Harrison reached on an infield single to shortstop, Mercer to third, Frazier to second
        • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, McCutchen struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • I. Nova Pitching:
        • O. Herrera: Strike swinging, Herrera grounded out to second
        • M. Franco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Franco singled to right center
        • M. Saunders: Saunders grounded out to shortstop, Franco to second
        • C. Rupp: Ball, Rupp singled to center, Franco scored
        • B. Stassi: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Stassi lined out to left
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Garcia Pitching:
        • J. Bell: Bell flied out to left
        • D. Freese: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Freese struck out swinging
        • J. Jaso: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Jaso flied out to left
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • I. Nova Pitching:
        • F. Galvis: Foul, Strike swinging, Galvis grounded out to first
        • A. Altherr: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Altherr grounded out to third
        • T. Joseph: Strike looking, Joseph lined out to center
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • V. Velasquez Pitching:
        • J. Bell: Ball, Strike swinging, Bell grounded out to second
        • D. Freese: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Freese walked
        • J. Jaso: Jaso singled to right, Freese to second
        • F. Cervelli: Ball, Ball, Freese to third, Jaso to second on catcher Rupp fielding error, Ball, Cervelli singled to left center, Freese and Jaso scored, Cervelli to second
        • J. Mercer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mercer walked
        • I. Nova: Strike looking, Nova grounded out to shortstop, Cervelli to third, Mercer to second
        • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Frazier singled to left, Cervelli and Mercer scored, Frazier to second
        • J. Harrison: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Harrison walked
        • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Frazier stole third Harrison to second, Foul, Strike swinging, McCutchen struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 5TH INNING
        • I. Nova Pitching:
        • M. Saunders: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Saunders struck out swinging
        • C. Rupp: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Rupp grounded out to third
        • V. Velasquez: Strike looking, Ball, Velasquez singled to shallow right
        • C. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Hernandez lined out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • V. Velasquez Pitching:
        • A. Frazier: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Frazier grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Harrison: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Harrison lined out to left
        • A. McCutchen: Foul, McCutchen lined out to center
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • I. Nova Pitching:
        • T. Joseph: Ball, Ball, Joseph grounded out to third
        • O. Herrera: Herrera safe at first on 3rd baseman Harrison fielding error
        • M. Franco: Ball, Franco grounded into double play second to third to first, Herrera out at second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • V. Velasquez Pitching:
        • D. Freese: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Freese homered to left
        • J. Jaso: Strike looking, Jaso flied out to deep center
        • F. Cervelli: Foul, Strike looking, Cervelli singled to right
        • J. Mercer: Mercer grounded out to pitcher, Cervelli to second
        • I. Nova: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Nova struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • I. Nova Pitching:
        • V. Velasquez: Velasquez singled to right center
        • C. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Velasquez out at second
        • F. Galvis: Galvis singled to left
        • A. Altherr: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Altherr struck out looking
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • V. Velasquez Pitching:
        • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Mercer grounded out to shortstop
        • I. Nova: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Nova struck out swinging
        • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Frazier singled to right
        • J. Harrison: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Harrison walked, Frazier to second
        • A. McCutchen: Ball, McCutchen singled to right center, Frazier scored, Harrison to third on right fielder Saunders fielding error
        • J. Bell: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt to third, Ball, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 2ND INNING
        • I. Nova Pitching:
        • M. Franco: Franco grounded out to third
        • M. Saunders: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Saunders struck out swinging
        • C. Rupp: Strike looking, Ball, Rupp grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • V. Velasquez Pitching:
        • J. Bell: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
        • D. Freese: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Freese singled to center
        • J. Jaso: Ball, Jaso reached on fielder's choice to third, Freese out at second
        • F. Cervelli: Ball, Ball, Cervelli fouled out to first
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • I. Nova Pitching:
        • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez singled to left
        • F. Galvis: Galvis doubled to deep right center, Hernandez to third
        • A. Altherr: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Altherr grounded out to shortstop, Hernandez scored, Galvis to third
        • T. Joseph: Strike looking, Joseph popped out to second
        • O. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Foul, Herrera grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • V. Velasquez Pitching:
        • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Frazier grounded out to second
        • J. Harrison: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Harrison struck out swinging
        • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, McCutchen struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)