Taillon keeps Rays in check as Pirates roll to 4-0 victory

PITTSBURGH (AP) Josh Harrison knows the signs. They're unmissable. Solid starting pitching. Stellar work by the bullpen. Timely hits and aggressive baserunning.

It's a formula that carried the Pittsburgh Pirates to the playoffs from 2013-15, one that is starting to pop up a little more regularly as Pittsburgh tries to keep pace in a lukewarm National League Central race.

Jameson Taillon scattered seven hits over 6 1/3 innings, Gregory Polanco and John Jaso hit solo home runs and the Pirates shut down Tampa Bay 4-0 on Thursday night for their fourth win in their last six games as they try to scramble back near the .500 mark as the halfway point looms this weekend.

''I think a lot of guys that have been here, the core guys, we've been through adversity before,'' said Harrison, who had two hits and was also hit twice to raise his total to a major-league high 18. ''So what was thrown at us earlier this year, things that are still being thrown at us, we know at the end of the day, we've been in adversity, we've got to keep playing and know everybody will come around.''

Andrew McCutchen went 3 for 3 with a single and an RBI and is hitting .397 since June 1 to raise his season average to .278.

''He's an elite player,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ''He's in a good place, he's confident, he's convicted in the box. He's showing us the ability he's had.''

Taillon (4-2) walked two and struck out four in his longest outing since returning from a battle with testicular cancer earlier this month, lowering his ERA to 2.97 despite allowing at least one base runner in six of the seven innings he worked. Considering he was undergoing cancer treatment six weeks ago wondering if his season was in jeopardy, Taillon will take it.

''Time away is tough,'' Taillon said. ''You're sitting there watching guys play and you're not able to contribute. That's tough. I wanted a chance to come back and I wanted a chance to pitch for something and here I am.''

Chris Archer (6-5) allowed three runs in six innings, striking out five without issuing a walk for Tampa Bay, which has lost four of five. Logan Morrison and Shane Peterson had two hits apiece for the Rays but Tampa Bay went 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base. The Rays left 21 runners on base while losing the final two games of the interleague series.

''I don't want to make excuses but we hit the ball pretty hard all series long,'' said Rays outfielder Steven Sousa Jr., who went 0 for 5.

Though the Rays kept pecking away at him, Taillon worked in and out of trouble with relative ease. Despite all the traffic, the Rays only reached third base once against him. Taillon exited with runners on first and second and one out in the seventh. Tony Watson, demoted from his closer's role earlier this month, struck out Corey Dickerson and got Evan Longoria to pop up to first base to end the threat.

Archer, trying to win his third consecutive start, couldn't quite keep pace. Three consecutive one-out Pittsburgh singles in the third, the last by the rejuvenated McCutchen, gave the Pirates a 1-0 lead. Jaso made it 2-0 with his sixth home run of the season leading off the fourth. Polanco, dropped from third to sixth in the batting order while mired in a deep slump, drilled his sixth homer to right center to push the advantage to 3-0.

''Cutch was MVP for a reason,'' Archer said. ''I'm glad I was able to limit the damage a little bit but they definitely gave me a tough time.''

SALUTING THE UMP

PNC Park gave umpire John Tumpane a standing ovation before the first pitch, a way of saying thanks after Tumpane helped save a woman in distress on the Roberto Clemente Bridge on Wednesday. The rescue was caught by a photographer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Tumpane's selfless act made him an unlikely celebrity. Tumpane, who spent part of Thursday doing a series of interviews, continued to downplay his role, saying he was simply in the right place at the right time.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: Activated reliever Brad Boxberger off the 60-day DL and designated reliever Danny Farquhar for assignment. Boxberger was an All-Star in 2015 when he led the American League with 41 saves. He will work in a setup role for current Tampa Bay closer Alex Colome. Farquhar was 2-2 with a 4.11 ERA in 37 appearances with the Rays this season.

UP NEXT

Rays: Continue an eight-game trip in Baltimore on Friday when rookie Jake Faria (3-0, 2.10 ERA) takes the hill against Chris Tillman (1-5, 8.39 ERA). The Orioles took two of three from the Rays in Tampa last weekend.

Pirates: Host the struggling San Francisco Giants in a weekend series starting Friday. Gerrit Cole (6-6, 4.11 ERA) looks for his fourth straight victory in the opener.

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  • W: J. Taillon (4-2)L: C. Archer (6-5)
  • HR: PIT - J. Jaso (6), G. Polanco (6)
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  • a-walked for Archer in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Kolarek in the 9th
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  • a-grounded out for Watson in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Peterson (3), J. Sucre (4)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. McCutchen (14)
  • HR - J. Jaso (6), G. Polanco (6)
  • RBI - A. McCutchen (47), J. Bell (36), J. Jaso (20), G. Polanco (19)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Bell (13)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Beckham (5)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Harrison (10)
  • CS - A. McCutchen (2)
FIELDING
  • PB - C. Stewart (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Archer (L, 6-5)6.08330524.001.217.5
C. Whitley0.21111003.210.98-3.0
A. Kolarek1.11000100.000.752.5
PITCHERSIP
C. Archer (L, 6-5)6.0
C. Whitley0.2
A. Kolarek1.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Taillon (W, 4-2)6.17002402.971.3521.0
T. Watson (H, 2)0.20000104.251.530.5
J. Nicasio1.00000202.881.224.0
E. Santana1.01000102.701.652.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Taillon (W, 4-2)6.1
T. Watson (H, 2)0.2
J. Nicasio1.0
E. Santana1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - C. Archer (4), C. Whitley
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Archer 102-68, C. Whitley 14-7, A. Kolarek 14-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Archer 7-5, C. Whitley 1-1, A. Kolarek 2-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Archer 26, C. Whitley 5, A. Kolarek 4
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Taillon (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 103-68, T. Watson 4-4, J. Nicasio 14-11, E. Santana 17-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 9-5
  • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 28, T. Watson 2, J. Nicasio 3, E. Santana 4
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E. Longoria 3B30000003.252.318.434.7521.0
L. Morrison 1B40200011.254.357.564.9211.5
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S. Peterson RF40200011.255.304.431.7352.5
A. Hechavarria SS40100003.293.308.400.7081.0
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  • a-walked for Archer in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Kolarek in the 9th
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J. Harrison 3B21200000.296.377.461.8397.0
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J. Bell 1B40110016.232.316.464.7801.5
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  • a-grounded out for Watson in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Peterson (3), J. Sucre (4)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. McCutchen (14)
  • HR - J. Jaso (6), G. Polanco (6)
  • RBI - A. McCutchen (47), J. Bell (36), J. Jaso (20), G. Polanco (19)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Bell (13)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Beckham (5)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Harrison (10)
  • CS - A. McCutchen (2)
FIELDING
  • PB - C. Stewart (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Archer (L, 6-5)6.08330524.001.217.5
C. Whitley0.21111003.210.98-3.0
A. Kolarek1.11000100.000.752.5
Total8.01044162---
PITCHERSIP
C. Archer (L, 6-5)6.0
C. Whitley0.2
A. Kolarek1.1
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Taillon (W, 4-2)6.17002402.971.3521.0
T. Watson (H, 2)0.20000104.251.530.5
J. Nicasio1.00000202.881.224.0
E. Santana1.01000102.701.652.5
Total9.0800280---
PITCHERSIP
J. Taillon (W, 4-2)6.1
T. Watson (H, 2)0.2
J. Nicasio1.0
E. Santana1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - C. Archer (4), C. Whitley
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Archer 102-68, C. Whitley 14-7, A. Kolarek 14-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Archer 7-5, C. Whitley 1-1, A. Kolarek 2-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Archer 26, C. Whitley 5, A. Kolarek 4
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Taillon (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 103-68, T. Watson 4-4, J. Nicasio 14-11, E. Santana 17-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 9-5
  • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 28, T. Watson 2, J. Nicasio 3, E. Santana 4
  • 7TH INNING
    Bell singled to right, Harrison scored, McCutchen to second04
  • 6TH INNING
    Polanco homered to right03
  • 4TH INNING
    Jaso homered to right center02
  • 3RD INNING
    McCutchen singled to right center, Frazier scored, Harrison to second01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Edgar Santana relieved Juan Nicasio
    • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Hechavarria flied out to deep left
    • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Sucre singled to right center
    • Trevor Plouffe hit for Adam Kolarek
    • A. Kolarek: Strike looking
    • Plouffe struck out swinging
    • S. Souza: Strike looking, Souza flied out to right
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Juan Nicasio pitching
    • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Morrison struck out swinging
    • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Beckham lined out to shortstop
    • S. Peterson: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Peterson struck out looking
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Kolarek Pitching:
    • J. Jaso: Jaso singled to center
    • G. Polanco: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Polanco reached on fielder's choice to second, Jaso out at second
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Mercer struck out swinging
    • C. Stewart: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Stewart reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Polanco out at second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • J. Sucre: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Sucre doubled to center
    • Mallex Smith hit for Chris Archer
    • M. Smith: Mallex Smith facing Jameson Taillon
    • C. Archer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Smith walked
    • S. Souza: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Souza lined out to left
    • Tony Watson relieved Jameson Taillon
    • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Dickerson struck out on foul tip
    • E. Longoria: Longoria popped out to first
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Chase Whitley pitching
    • Jose Osuna hit for Tony Watson
    • J. Osuna: Strike looking, Osuna grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Frazier: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Frazier lined out to left
    • J. Harrison: Foul, Ball, Harrison hit by pitch
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Harrison stole second, Ball, Ball, McCutchen walked
    • J. Bell: Ball, Bell singled to right, Harrison scored, McCutchen to second
    • Adam Kolarek relieved Chase Whitley
    • J. Jaso: Strike looking, McCutchen caught stealing, catcher to third
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • E. Longoria: Longoria grounded out to pitcher
    • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Morrison singled to center
    • T. Beckham: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
    • S. Peterson: Pickoff attempt, Peterson singled to shallow right, Morrison to second
    • A. Hechavarria: Strike swinging, Hechavarria reached on fielder's choice to third, Morrison out at third
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Archer Pitching:
    • J. Jaso: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Jaso struck out on foul tip
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Polanco homered to right
    • J. Mercer: Mercer grounded out to third
    • C. Stewart: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Stewart flied out to right
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • C. Archer: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Archer struck out looking
    • S. Souza: Foul, Ball, Foul, Souza lined out to shortstop
    • C. Dickerson: Dickerson grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Archer Pitching:
    • J. Taillon: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Taillon struck out swinging
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Frazier grounded out to first
    • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Harrison singled to right
    • A. McCutchen: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, McCutchen doubled to deep right, Harrison to third
    • J. Bell: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bell lined out to left
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • T. Beckham: Beckham singled to left
    • S. Peterson: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Peterson flied out to center
    • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Beckham stole second, Hechavarria reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Beckham out at third
    • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Sucre lined out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Archer Pitching:
    • J. Jaso: Foul, Ball, Ball, Jaso homered to right center
    • G. Polanco: Foul, Polanco grounded out to second
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mercer popped out to shortstop
    • C. Stewart: Stewart lined out to left
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • S. Souza: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Souza grounded out to first
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Dickerson walked
    • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Foul, Longoria grounded out to second, Dickerson to second
    • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Strike looking, Morrison grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Archer Pitching:
    • J. Taillon: Taillon grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Frazier reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Harrison singled to center, Frazier to third
    • A. McCutchen: Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Strike looking, McCutchen singled to right center, Frazier scored, Harrison to second
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Bell grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, McCutchen out at second
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • S. Peterson: Peterson doubled to left center
    • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hechavarria reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • J. Sucre: Sucre reached on a double play third to second, Peterson out at third, Hechavarria out at second
    • C. Archer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Archer struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Archer Pitching:
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Polanco grounded out to second
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Mercer fouled out to first
    • C. Stewart: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Stewart struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • S. Souza: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Souza popped out to first
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Dickerson grounded out to catcher
    • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Ball, Longoria hit by pitch
    • L. Morrison: Ball, Morrison singled to deep right, Longoria to third
    • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Beckham struck out looking
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Archer Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Frazier grounded out to third
    • J. Harrison: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Harrison hit by pitch
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, McCutchen singled to center, Harrison to second
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
    • J. Jaso: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Jaso struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)