McCutchen leaves with sore left knee, Pirates beat Jays 4-2

TORONTO (AP) Andrew McCutchen's early exit because of a sore left knee took some of the shine off a solid pitching performance by Pittsburgh's Jameson Taillon.

Taillon worked six innings to snap a three-start winless streak, Josh Harrison had two hits and the Pirates beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 on Friday night, their seventh win in nine games.

McCutchen limped off one batter after hitting an RBI double in the third. A five-time All-Star and Pittsburgh's leader in home runs and RBIs, McCutchen is day to day.

''I was just taking my secondary lead and my knee kind of grabbed,'' McCutchen said. ''If your knee could get a cramp, that's what it felt like.''

Tests performed at the stadium showed no damage, and McCutchen said his knee was feeling better following the game.

''We're moving in the right direction tonight,'' he said. ''I'm walking fine, not limping or anything.''

Toronto lost for the first time in seven interleague games.

Making his first start in Canada, his parents' home country, Taillon (7-5) allowed two runs and six hits.

''He really didn't run into any trouble,'' interim manager Tom Prince said.

Taillon said he was excited to pitch in Toronto, where he watched games as a child. He left more than a dozen tickets for family and friends, while as many as 30 more paid their way in.

''I've got a ton of texts of screen shots of my mom on the broadcast, which is cool,'' Taillon said.

Taillon left after Toronto put runners at second and third with no outs in the seventh. George Kontos came on and retired the next three batters.

''George picked him up big time,'' Prince said.

Juan Nicasio worked the eighth and Felipe Rivero finished for his 12th save in 13 chances.

Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman (10-6) allowed four runs, none earned, and four hits in eight innings, snapping a six-start unbeaten streak. The loss was his first since a July 3 road defeat against the Yankees.

Pittsburgh took advantage of two errors by Blue Jays second baseman Rob Refsnyder to score four unearned runs in the third. After making an errant throw to second while trying to force John Jaso on Francisco Cervelli's grounder, Refsnyder failed to touch second base while trying to turn a double play on Adam Frazier's hard shot to third, allowing the Pirates to score their first run.

Harrison followed with an RBI single, McCutchen hit an RBI double that ticked off center fielder Kevin Pillar's glove, and Josh Bell capped the rally with a sacrifice fly.

''That's what you do against good pitchers,'' Prince said. ''They gave us a crack, we took advantage.''

Stroman took the blame for not overcoming the defensive miscues.

''I felt like I should have done a better job of buckling down and getting my team out of that,'' he said.

Jose Bautista hit a solo home run for the Blue Jays, his third in three games after going 18 games without one. Bautista's homer was his 20th, giving him eight straight seasons with at least that many. Carlos Delgado, who did it in nine straight seasons between 1996 and 2004, is the only other Blue Jay to achieve the feat.

Among active players, only Seattle's Nelson Cruz (2009-2017) and Houston's Brian McCann (2008-2016) have streaks longer than Bautista's. Miami's Giancarlo Stanton (2010-2017) has also hit 20 or more in eight straight seasons.

PRINCE TAKES THE THRONE

Usually the bench coach, Prince will manage the Pirates again Saturday because Clint Hurdle is away attending the funeral of late slugger Don Baylor.

INTER STELLAR

Taillon is 4-1 with a 2.12 ERA in six career interleague starts.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: McCutchen was replaced by Starling Marte.

Blue Jays: C Russell Martin left while warming up for the second inning because of a strained left oblique suffered in his first-inning at-bat. Gibbons said Martin will undergo an MRI on Saturday. ''Those injuries are never good,'' Gibbons said. Raffy Lopez replaced Martin. ... DH Kendrys Morales (illness) missed his second straight game.

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP Trevor Williams (5-4, 4.17) pitched seven shutout innings against Detroit in his previous start. Williams has never faced the Blue Jays, but is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA in two interleague starts.

Blue Jays: RHP Chris Rowley will be promoted from Triple-A Buffalo to make his major league debut. A former first lieutenant in the United States Army, Rowley began the season at Double-A before moving up to Buffalo, where he went 3-4 with a 2.82 ERA in 10 games, including six starts.

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  • W: J. Taillon (7-5)L: M. Stroman (10-6)S: F. Rivero (12)
  • HR: TOR - J. Bautista (20)
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S. Marte CF20000002.245.309.327.6350.0
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G. Polanco DH40000011.256.313.409.723-0.5
J. Mercer SS30000000.251.326.401.7260.0
J. Jaso RF21000010.212.309.396.7051.5
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Bautista DH41111012.217.321.401.7225.5
    R. Martin C10000000.223.354.381.7350.0
    R. Lopez C30100010.200.333.200.5330.5
    J. Donaldson 3B40000001.250.377.480.8580.0
    J. Smoak 1B41200001.295.373.578.9513.0
    S. Pearce LF30000112.263.336.455.7910.5
    E. Carrera RF30100012.305.370.459.8291.5
    a- D. Barney PH10000000.229.279.294.5730.0
    R. Goins SS40200000.223.279.342.6212.0
    K. Pillar CF30110012.246.295.394.6901.5
    R. Refsnyder 2B40000045.125.222.196.419-2.0
    • a-flied out for Carrera in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. McCutchen (21)
    • SF - J. Bell (4)
    • RBI - A. Frazier (37), J. Harrison (38), A. McCutchen (71), J. Bell (63)
    BATTING
    • 2B - E. Carrera (8)
    • HR - J. Bautista (20)
    • SF - K. Pillar (2)
    • RBI - J. Bautista (52), K. Pillar (27)
    FIELDING
    • DP - R. Goins, J. Smoak
    • E - R. Refsnyder 2 (4)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Taillon (W, 7-5)6.06221714.501.4822.5
    G. Kontos (H, 8)1.00000103.621.263.5
    J. Nicasio (H, 19)1.01000002.531.162.0
    F. Rivero (S, 12)1.01000101.210.789.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Taillon (W, 7-5)6.0
    G. Kontos (H, 8)1.0
    J. Nicasio (H, 19)1.0
    F. Rivero (S, 12)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Stroman (L, 10-6)8.04401403.001.2919.0
    D. Barnes1.00000203.061.024.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Stroman (L, 10-6)8.0
    D. Barnes1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 92-61, G. Kontos 8-7, J. Nicasio 17-10, F. Rivero 12-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 6-5, G. Kontos 1-1, J. Nicasio 1-2, F. Rivero 1-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 25, G. Kontos 3, J. Nicasio 4, F. Rivero 4
    PITCHING
    • HBP - M. Stroman (6)
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 109-70, D. Barnes 11-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 16-4
    • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 30, D. Barnes 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    Blue JaysTOR54-61
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Frazier LF41110001.285.353.389.7433.0
    J. Harrison 2B41210001.278.350.424.7744.0
    A. McCutchen CF20110000.289.381.518.8993.0
    S. Marte CF20000002.245.309.327.6350.0
    J. Bell 1B20010110.254.329.480.8091.5
    D. Freese 3B40000022.264.385.380.765-1.0
    G. Polanco DH40000011.256.313.409.723-0.5
    J. Mercer SS30000000.251.326.401.7260.0
    J. Jaso RF21000010.212.309.396.7051.5
    S. Rodriguez RF00000000.200.322.460.7820.0
    F. Cervelli C31000011.255.345.378.7230.5
    Total304440168-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Bautista DH41111012.217.321.401.7225.5
      R. Martin C10000000.223.354.381.7350.0
      R. Lopez C30100010.200.333.200.5330.5
      J. Donaldson 3B40000001.250.377.480.8580.0
      J. Smoak 1B41200001.295.373.578.9513.0
      S. Pearce LF30000112.263.336.455.7910.5
      E. Carrera RF30100012.305.370.459.8291.5
      a- D. Barney PH10000000.229.279.294.5730.0
      R. Goins SS40200000.223.279.342.6212.0
      K. Pillar CF30110012.246.295.394.6901.5
      R. Refsnyder 2B40000045.125.222.196.419-2.0
      Total3428211915-----
      • a-flied out for Carrera in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. McCutchen (21)
      • SF - J. Bell (4)
      • RBI - A. Frazier (37), J. Harrison (38), A. McCutchen (71), J. Bell (63)
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Carrera (8)
      • HR - J. Bautista (20)
      • SF - K. Pillar (2)
      • RBI - J. Bautista (52), K. Pillar (27)
      FIELDING
      • DP - R. Goins, J. Smoak
      • E - R. Refsnyder 2 (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Taillon (W, 7-5)6.06221714.501.4822.5
      G. Kontos (H, 8)1.00000103.621.263.5
      J. Nicasio (H, 19)1.01000002.531.162.0
      F. Rivero (S, 12)1.01000101.210.789.5
      Total9.0822191---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Taillon (W, 7-5)6.0
      G. Kontos (H, 8)1.0
      J. Nicasio (H, 19)1.0
      F. Rivero (S, 12)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Stroman (L, 10-6)8.04401403.001.2919.0
      D. Barnes1.00000203.061.024.0
      Total9.0440160---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Stroman (L, 10-6)8.0
      D. Barnes1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 92-61, G. Kontos 8-7, J. Nicasio 17-10, F. Rivero 12-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 6-5, G. Kontos 1-1, J. Nicasio 1-2, F. Rivero 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 25, G. Kontos 3, J. Nicasio 4, F. Rivero 4
      PITCHING
      • HBP - M. Stroman (6)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 109-70, D. Barnes 11-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 16-4
      • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 30, D. Barnes 3
      • 3RD INNING
        Bautista homered to center42
        Bell hit sacrifice fly to center, Harrison scored41
        McCutchen doubled to deep right center, Frazier scored, Harrison to third31
        Harrison singled to right center, Cervelli scored, Frazier to third21
        Frazier reached on fielder's choice to third, Jaso scored, Cervelli to second on 2nd baseman Refsnyder fielding error11
      • 2ND INNING
        Pillar hit sacrifice fly to center, Smoak scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Danny Barnes relieved Marcus Stroman
        • J. Bell: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
        • D. Freese: Foul, Strike swinging, Freese lined out to first
        • G. Polanco: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Felipe Rivero relieved Juan Nicasio
        • Darwin Barney hit for Ezequiel Carrera
        • D. Barney: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Barney flied out to right
        • R. Goins: Goins grounded out to pitcher
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pillar singled to left
        • R. Refsnyder: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Refsnyder struck out looking
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Frazier singled to center
        • J. Harrison: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Harrison lined out to shortstop
        • S. Marte: Pickoff attempt, Marte grounded into double play shortstop to first, Frazier out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Juan Nicasio relieved George Kontos
        • Sean Rodriguez in right
        • R. Lopez: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Lopez grounded out to second
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike swinging, Donaldson lined out to second
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Smoak singled to left
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Ball, Pearce flied out to center
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • J. Mercer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Mercer grounded out to first
        • J. Jaso: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Jaso struck out swinging
        • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cervelli struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • E. Carrera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Carrera doubled to deep left
        • R. Goins: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Goins singled to center, Carrera to third
        • George Kontos relieved Jameson Taillon
        • K. Pillar: Pillar popped out to shortstop
        • R. Refsnyder: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Refsnyder struck out swinging
        • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bautista reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Goins out at second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bell walked
        • D. Freese: Freese reached on fielder's choice to second, Bell out at second
        • G. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Polanco grounded into double play shortstop to first, Freese out at second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • J. Donaldson: Donaldson grounded out to third
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Smoak grounded out to second
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Pearce flied out to right
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • F. Cervelli: Cervelli grounded out to second
        • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Frazier grounded out to first
        • J. Harrison: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Harrison singled to center
        • S. Marte: Ball, Marte grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • R. Refsnyder: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Refsnyder struck out swinging
        • J. Bautista: Bautista grounded out to second
        • R. Lopez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Lopez struck out looking
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • G. Polanco: Ball, Polanco grounded out to second
        • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Mercer grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Jaso: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Jaso grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • E. Carrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Carrera struck out looking
        • R. Goins: Goins grounded out to second
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Pillar struck out looking
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • J. Mercer: Ball, Foul, Mercer flied out to center
        • J. Jaso: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Jaso hit by pitch
        • F. Cervelli: Ball, Ball, Cervelli reached on fielder's choice to second, Jaso to third on 2nd baseman Refsnyder fielding error
        • A. Frazier: Frazier reached on fielder's choice to third, Jaso scored, Cervelli to second on 2nd baseman Refsnyder fielding error
        • J. Harrison: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Harrison singled to right center, Cervelli scored, Frazier to third
        • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, McCutchen doubled to deep right center, Frazier scored, Harrison to third
        • J. Bell: Ball, Strike looking, Bell hit sacrifice fly to center, Harrison scored
        • D. Freese: Ball, Strike looking
        • Freese struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (4 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • J. Bautista: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Bautista homered to center
        • R. Lopez: Lopez singled to right center
        • J. Donaldson: Donaldson flied out to deep center
        • J. Smoak: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Smoak popped out to third
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Pearce struck out looking
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • Raffy Lopez catching
        • J. Bell: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Bell flied out to left
        • D. Freese: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Freese struck out swinging
        • G. Polanco: Polanco grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Smoak singled to right center
        • S. Pearce: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pearce walked, Smoak to second
        • E. Carrera: Carrera flied out to deep left
        • R. Goins: Strike looking, Strike looking, Goins singled to center, Smoak to third, Pearce to second
        • K. Pillar: Strike swinging, Ball, Pillar hit sacrifice fly to center, Smoak scored
        • R. Refsnyder: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Refsnyder struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Frazier grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Harrison grounded out to pitcher
        • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, McCutchen grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • J. Bautista: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bautista struck out looking
        • R. Martin: Martin grounded out to third
        • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Donaldson grounded out to third
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)