Pirates jump on Snell in return, top Rays 6-2

PITTSBURGH (AP) Josh Bell, Jose Osuna and Elias Dias spent the better part of five years climbing through the Pittsburgh Pirates' organization talking about the day they'd finally get a chance to make an impact in the big leagues.

The rookies have arrived just in time to help a scuffling team trying to stay in the mix in the wide-open and decidedly mediocre NL Central.

Bell hit his team-leading 15th home run , Osuna doubled twice and drove in two runs and Diaz added two hits and drove in two runs of his own as the Pirates jumped on Tampa Bay's Blake Snell early in a 6-2 victory on Wednesday night.

''Looking back 4-5 years ago playing together in West Virginia, going up through Double-A together, Triple-A, for us to be wining ballgames up here instills a lot of pride in us,'' Bell said.

Bell tied a Pirates rookie record by reaching 15 home runs before the All-Star break. Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner did it in 1946.

''It's cool to be mentioned in the same sentence as a great like that,'' Bell said. ''So hopefully more to come. Just going to keep trucking along.''

Ivan Nova (8-5) struggled with his command and failed to work into the sixth for the first time this season but picked up the win despite allowing seven hits and two walks in five innings. The Pirates improved to just 36-42 but are only four games behind first-place Milwaukee.

''It was a battle,'' Nova said. ''These days, you feel like you have it but you don't. I didn't make a lot of pitches, but I made the right one when I needed to.''

Corey Dickerson, Evan Longoria, Tim Beckham and Adeiny Hechavarria all had two hits each for the Rays but Tampa Bay went 2 for 13 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base.

Snell began the season as Tampa Bay's fourth starter but was sent down following a loss to Boston on May 13. He went 5-0 at Triple-A and manager Kevin Cash called Snell's re-insertion into the rotation as a chance for Snell to hit ''reset.''

It didn't take long for the control issues that plagued Snell over his first eight starts this season to resurface. Snell walked Andrew McCutchen and David Freese with two outs in the first. Osuna followed with a shot down the left field line that one-hopped into the stands to tie the game. A wild pitch allowed Freese to score Diaz added a two-run single to put the Pirates up 4-1. Snell retired seven straight before Bell's shot to the seats on the second pitch of the fourth put Pittsburgh up 5-2.

''I think you saw a young pitcher that was really excited to get back to the big leagues, probably was a little over amped and it showed up in the first inning,'' Cash said. ''It's unfortunate, but I think a lot of that first inning went to Blake not being able to totally settle down. He was a little amped in his bullpen, a little erratic.''

Snell left five innings, allowing six runs on four hits with five walks and four strikeouts. He has 30 walks in 46 innings this season.

Walks are never an issue for Nova, who came in having issued just 11 in 103 innings. Yet he lacked his usual crispness. He allowed at least one baserunner in each of his five innings but managed to avoid the big mistake, surrendering only Longoria's RBI double in the first and a sacrifice fly to Wilson Ramos in the third.

MAKING THE SHOW

Tampa Bay called up left-handed reliever Adam Kolarek from Triple-A Durham, the first big-league promotion of Kolarek's eight-year professional career. The Rays sent down relievers Austin Pruitt and Jose Alvarado and transferred CF Kevin Kiermaier (right hip fracture) from the 10-day to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Kolarek and Snell.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: C Francisco Cervelli (concussion) spent 20 minutes on a stationary bike Wednesday after being cleared to begin ''light exertion'' workouts. Cervelli spent a week on the disabled list earlier this month after sustaining a concussion on June 6 and returned to the disabled list last Thursday when playing exacerbated his symptoms. There is no timetable for Cervelli's return.

UP NEXT

Rays: Chris Archer (6-4, 3.88 ERA) goes for his third straight victory on Thursday in the series finale.

Pirates: Jameson Taillon (3-2, 3.33) is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in three starts since returning from the disabled list following a battle with testicular cancer.

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  • W: I. Nova (8-5)L: B. Snell (0-5)
  • HR: PIT - J. Bell (15)
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  • a-grounded out for Snell in the 6th
  • b-struck out for J. Diaz in the 8th
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A. McCutchen CF22000200.270.353.482.8354.0
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  • a-singled for Hudson in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - E. Longoria 2 (20), L. Morrison (14), A. Hechavarria (3)
  • SF - W. Ramos
  • RBI - E. Longoria (47), W. Ramos
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Osuna 2 (8)
  • HR - J. Bell (15)
  • SH - I. Nova (6)
  • RBI - J. Osuna 2 (20), J. Bell (35), E. Diaz 2 (13)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Osuna 2 (11), E. Diaz 2 (6)
FIELDING
  • E - T. Beckham (10)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Snell (L, 0-5)5.04665615.361.64-2.0
D. Farquhar1.02000004.111.431.0
J. Diaz1.00000205.401.614.0
E. Ramirez1.00000104.921.233.5
PITCHERSIP
B. Snell (L, 0-5)5.0
D. Farquhar1.0
J. Diaz1.0
E. Ramirez1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
I. Nova (W, 8-5)5.07222103.081.1111.5
D. Hudson1.01000004.911.422.0
T. Watson1.02000004.331.561.0
J. Nicasio1.00001102.971.262.5
F. Rivero1.00000200.860.714.0
PITCHERSIP
I. Nova (W, 8-5)5.0
D. Hudson1.0
T. Watson1.0
J. Nicasio1.0
F. Rivero1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - B. Snell (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 98-56, D. Farquhar 18-10, J. Diaz 11-11, E. Ramirez 16-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 4-5, D. Farquhar 2-0, E. Ramirez 2-0
  • Batters Faced - B. Snell 24, D. Farquhar 4, J. Diaz 3, E. Ramirez 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - I. Nova (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - I. Nova 89-52, D. Hudson 13-9, T. Watson 19-14, J. Nicasio 13-7, F. Rivero 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Nova 6-8, D. Hudson 2-1, T. Watson 1-1, J. Nicasio 1-1, F. Rivero 1-0
  • Batters Faced - I. Nova 25, D. Hudson 4, T. Watson 4, J. Nicasio 4, F. Rivero 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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E. Longoria 3B50210021.255.319.438.7574.0
L. Morrison 1B50100003.250.355.565.9202.0
S. Souza RF30100001.265.371.481.8532.0
W. Ramos C20010102.111.182.111.2932.0
T. Beckham 2B40200001.282.332.440.7722.0
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  • a-grounded out for Snell in the 6th
  • b-struck out for J. Diaz in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Moroff 2B40000022.100.222.133.356-1.0
J. Harrison LF40000020.291.370.457.827-1.0
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D. Freese 3B31000121.244.357.363.7191.0
J. Osuna RF41220000.259.306.491.7987.0
J. Bell 1B32111121.232.317.467.7857.0
E. Diaz C40220000.294.338.412.7504.0
J. Mercer SS20000102.269.346.413.7591.0
I. Nova P10000010.031.031.031.063-0.5
D. Hudson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- G. Polanco PH10100000.241.307.364.6711.0
T. Watson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-singled for Hudson in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - E. Longoria 2 (20), L. Morrison (14), A. Hechavarria (3)
  • SF - W. Ramos
  • RBI - E. Longoria (47), W. Ramos
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Osuna 2 (8)
  • HR - J. Bell (15)
  • SH - I. Nova (6)
  • RBI - J. Osuna 2 (20), J. Bell (35), E. Diaz 2 (13)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Osuna 2 (11), E. Diaz 2 (6)
FIELDING
  • E - T. Beckham (10)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Snell (L, 0-5)5.04665615.361.64-2.0
D. Farquhar1.02000004.111.431.0
J. Diaz1.00000205.401.614.0
E. Ramirez1.00000104.921.233.5
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PITCHERSIP
B. Snell (L, 0-5)5.0
D. Farquhar1.0
J. Diaz1.0
E. Ramirez1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
I. Nova (W, 8-5)5.07222103.081.1111.5
D. Hudson1.01000004.911.422.0
T. Watson1.02000004.331.561.0
J. Nicasio1.00001102.971.262.5
F. Rivero1.00000200.860.714.0
Total9.01022340---
PITCHERSIP
I. Nova (W, 8-5)5.0
D. Hudson1.0
T. Watson1.0
J. Nicasio1.0
F. Rivero1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - B. Snell (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 98-56, D. Farquhar 18-10, J. Diaz 11-11, E. Ramirez 16-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 4-5, D. Farquhar 2-0, E. Ramirez 2-0
  • Batters Faced - B. Snell 24, D. Farquhar 4, J. Diaz 3, E. Ramirez 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - I. Nova (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - I. Nova 89-52, D. Hudson 13-9, T. Watson 19-14, J. Nicasio 13-7, F. Rivero 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Nova 6-8, D. Hudson 2-1, T. Watson 1-1, J. Nicasio 1-1, F. Rivero 1-0
  • Batters Faced - I. Nova 25, D. Hudson 4, T. Watson 4, J. Nicasio 4, F. Rivero 3
  • 5TH INNING
    Osuna doubled to deep right, McCutchen scored, Osuna to third26
  • 4TH INNING
    Bell homered to left25
  • 3RD INNING
    Ramos hit sacrifice fly to center, Dickerson scored24
  • 1ST INNING
    Diaz singled to right, Osuna and Bell scored14
    Freese scored, Osuna to third, Bell to second on wild pitch12
    Osuna doubled to deep left, McCutchen scored, Freese to third11
    Longoria doubled to left center, Dickerson scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Felipe Rivero relieved Juan Nicasio
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Dickerson struck out on foul tip
    • E. Longoria: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Longoria struck out swinging
    • L. Morrison: Foul, Ball, Morrison grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Juan Nicasio relieved Tony Watson
    • T. Beckham: Strike swinging, Beckham grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Hechavarria: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hechavarria walked
    • Trevor Plouffe hit for Jumbo Diaz
    • T. Plouffe: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Plouffe struck out looking
    • M. Smith: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Smith flied out to center
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Erasmo Ramirez pitching
    • J. Osuna: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Osuna grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Bell: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Diaz grounded out to catcher
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Tony Watson pitching
    • E. Longoria: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Longoria flied out to left
    • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Foul, Morrison doubled to left
    • S. Souza: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Souza singled to right, Morrison to third
    • W. Ramos: Strike swinging, Ball, Ramos grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Souza out at second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jumbo Diaz relieved Danny Farquhar
    • J. Harrison: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Harrison struck out swinging
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, McCutchen popped out to second
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Freese struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Daniel Hudson relieved Ivan Nova
    • A. Hechavarria: Hechavarria doubled to right
    • Shane Peterson hit for Blake Snell
    • S. Peterson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Peterson grounded out to second, Hechavarria to third
    • M. Smith: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Smith popped out to shortstop
    • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Dickerson grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Danny Farquhar pitching
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Diaz singled to center
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Strike looking, Mercer grounded into double play third to second to first, Diaz out at second
    • Gregory Polanco hit for Daniel Hudson
    • G. Polanco: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco reached on an infield single to second, Polanco to second on shortstop Beckham fielding error
    • M. Moroff: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moroff grounded out to second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 5TH INNING
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • L. Morrison: Ball, Morrison lined out to center
    • S. Souza: Souza grounded out to second
    • W. Ramos: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramos walked
    • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Ball, Beckham lined out to left
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Harrison struck out swinging
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, McCutchen walked
    • D. Freese: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Freese struck out swinging
    • J. Osuna: Osuna doubled to deep right, McCutchen scored, Osuna to third
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • B. Snell: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Snell walked
    • M. Smith: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Smith reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Snell out at second
    • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Dickerson grounded out to pitcher, Smith to second
    • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Longoria struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Bell homered to left
    • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Diaz flied out to right
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mercer walked
    • I. Nova: Nova hit sacrifice bunt to first, Mercer to second
    • M. Moroff: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moroff flied out to center
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Dickerson singled to left center
    • E. Longoria: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Longoria doubled to left, Dickerson to third
    • L. Morrison: Ball, Ball, Ball, Morrison flied out to shallow left
    • S. Souza: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Souza hit by pitch
    • W. Ramos: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ramos hit sacrifice fly to center, Dickerson scored
    • T. Beckham: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Beckham reached on an infield single to shortstop, Longoria to third, Souza to second
    • A. Hechavarria: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hechavarria grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, McCutchen grounded out to second
    • D. Freese: Freese grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Osuna: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Osuna popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Ramos lined out to third
    • T. Beckham: Beckham singled to left center
    • A. Hechavarria: Hechavarria singled to center, Beckham to third
    • B. Snell: Pickoff attempt to first, Snell reached on fielder's choice to third, Beckham out at home, Hechavarria to second
    • M. Smith: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Smith grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • I. Nova: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Nova struck out swinging
    • M. Moroff: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Moroff struck out looking
    • J. Harrison: Strike swinging, Ball, Harrison flied out to left
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • M. Smith: Ball, Smith lined out to right
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Dickerson singled to center
    • E. Longoria: Ball, Longoria doubled to left center, Dickerson scored
    • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Ball, Morrison lined out to right
    • S. Souza: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Souza lined out to left
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • M. Moroff: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moroff struck out swinging
    • J. Harrison: Harrison grounded bunt out to third
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, McCutchen walked
    • D. Freese: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Freese walked, McCutchen to second
    • J. Osuna: Strike looking, Osuna doubled to deep left, McCutchen scored, Freese to third
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bell walked
    • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Freese scored, Osuna to third, Bell to second on wild pitch, Ball, Diaz singled to right, Osuna and Bell scored
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Mercer flied out to deep right
    • End of the 1st (4 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)