Polanco has 4 RBIs as Pirates top Nationals 6-3

PITTSBURGH (AP) Looking for a spark to get his offense going, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle made a change to the top of his batting order by stacking outfielders Corey Dickerson, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco in the first three spots for the first time this season.

The move paid off quickly, as the trio scored five of Pittsburgh's six runs in the first two innings in a 6-3 win over the Washington Nationals.

Polanco hit a two-run double in the first inning as the Pirates started the game with four straight hits, and he added a two-run home run in the second.

Polanco's summer has turned around in a hurry. In the 19 games since his batting average bottomed out at .200 on June 16, he's hitting .358 with four home runs, four doubles and 11 RBIs.

''He put the work in,'' Hurlde said. ''He's gotten to a convicted place in the box.''

Dickerson started the bottom of the first with a single, Marte doubled and they both scored on Polanco's hit. Colin Moran drove in Polanco with a double one batter later.

In the bottom of the second, Max Moroff walked and Dickerson drove him in with a triple. Polanco homered one out later, his 13th of the season, to make it 6-1.

Ivan Nova (5-6) worked around eight hits - including two solo homers - to hold the Nationals to three runs over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out five and did not issue a walk. After allowing a season-high seven earned runs the last time out, his key was keeping a big inning at bay.

''Two homers, whatever. That happens,'' Nova said. ''It felt like a good game.''

Adam Eaton hit an RBI single in the second to get Washington on the scoreboard. Juan Soto hit his ninth homer of the season in the fifth and Bryce Harper hit his 22nd in the sixth.

Felipe Vazquez pitched the ninth for his 19th save of the season as Pittsburgh won its second straight after a five-game skid.

Jefry Rodriguez (0-1) took 90 pitches to get through five innings, and was charged with all six runs. He walked four and struck out four. After making just one Triple-A appearance before joining the Nationals, Rodriguez feels he's still adjusting to the level of competition in the majors.

''The biggest difference I've notice is just the small mistake here, they make you pay for it,'' he said through an interpreter. ''In Double-A, sometimes you can get away with it, sometimes you can still get out of it. But here, they let you know.''

Washington has lost 10 of its last 14 and has been plagued by short outings from its starters as of late.

''I think, over the course of a season, things turn around,'' manager Dave Martinez said. ''The starting pitching will get back in form and they'll pitch six, seven innings. The bullpen will get the rest that they need.''

HEATED EXCHANGE

The benches cleared in the sixth inning after an altercation at home plate between Eaton and Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli. Eaton was discussing a strike call with home plate umpire Gabe Morales when Cervelli walked away from the plate, which angered Eaton.

''Wasn't really happy with the call, as you could probably tell,'' Eaton said. ''He goes to walk away, kind of making it a bigger deal than what it is. I don't understand why you got to walk away there and kind of isolate us, and now make it a bigger deal than what it is.''

The interruption was brief and Eaton ended the at-bat with a double. He finished the night 3 for 3.

IN MEMORY

Martinez inscribed his cap with the letters ''KR'' in memory of longtime Chicago Cubs mental heath consultant Ken Ravizza, who passed away on Sunday. Martinez worked with Ravizza when he coached with Tampa Bay and Chicago.

''He was a good man that touched a lot of people in the game,'' Martinez said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (right shoulder inflammation) will make his first rehab start Tuesday with Double-A Harrisburg. ... INF Ryan Zimmerman (oblique) will be eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list, but is still working toward going out on a rehab assignment.

Pirates: INF/OF Sean Rodriguez (right quadriceps strain) had his rehab assignment transferred from Triple-A Indianapolis to Single-A Bradenton in order to keep playing through the Triple-A all-star break. He went 1 for 4 in his first game with Bradenton after hitting .261 in Indianapolis.

UP NEXT

Nationals: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (2-1, 3.81 ERA) is scheduled to start Tuesday. He's 0-1 with an 11.42 ERA in two starts since coming off the disabled list on July 1.

Pirates: RHP Joe Musgrove (3-3, 3.79 ERA) is expected to be activated from the disabled list to start on Tuesday. Musgrove has been out of action since June 29 with an infection in a finger on his throwing hand.

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  • W: I. Nova (5-6)L: J. Rodriguez (0-1)S: F. Vazquez (19)
  • HR: WAS - B. Harper (22), J. Soto (9), PIT - G. Polanco (13)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Turner SS40000010.275.351.415.766-0.5
J. Soto LF41111010.301.415.549.9645.5
A. Rendon 3B40100020.280.346.507.8530.0
B. Harper CF41111012.218.372.479.8515.5
M. Adams 1B41100010.291.361.564.9251.5
D. Murphy 2B40200000.211.244.276.5202.0
A. Eaton RF30310000.312.385.413.7985.0
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M. Wieters C40100013.232.338.377.7140.5
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J. Miller P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- M. Reynolds PH10000001.297.365.595.9600.0
  • a-struck out for Eaton in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Grace in the 7th
  • c-grounded into a double play for Miller in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Dickerson LF52210000.309.342.464.8057.0
S. Marte CF31100111.279.330.459.7895.5
G. Polanco RF32241101.236.343.472.81514.0
C. Moran 3B40110002.258.333.407.7413.0
F. Cervelli C30000101.254.389.481.8701.0
D. Freese 1B40200011.268.325.415.7402.5
J. Harrison 2B40000024.256.292.350.641-1.0
M. Moroff SS21000201.188.264.333.5973.0
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  • a-struck out for Santana in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Eaton (5)
  • HR - J. Soto (9), B. Harper (22)
  • RBI - J. Soto (27), B. Harper (51), A. Eaton (13)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Soto (14)
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Marte (15), C. Moran (13), D. Freese (6)
  • 3B - C. Dickerson (5)
  • HR - G. Polanco (13)
  • SH - I. Nova (2)
  • RBI - C. Dickerson (35), G. Polanco 4 (47), C. Moran (36)
  • 2-Out RBI - G. Polanco 2 (11)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - S. Marte (23), G. Polanco (4)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - S. Marte (9)
  • DP - (Moroff-Harrison-Freese)
  • PB - F. Cervelli (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Rodriguez (L, 0-1)5.08664416.861.68-6.0
M. Grace1.00001003.030.982.0
S. Kelley1.00000102.730.843.5
J. Miller1.00000103.861.133.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Rodriguez (L, 0-1)5.0
M. Grace1.0
S. Kelley1.0
J. Miller1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
I. Nova (W, 5-6)5.28330524.501.2713.5
R. Rodriguez (H, 3)1.10000202.571.114.0
E. Santana (H, 9)1.00000303.400.984.5
F. Vazquez (S, 19)1.02000103.291.338.5
PITCHERSIP
I. Nova (W, 5-6)5.2
R. Rodriguez (H, 3)1.1
E. Santana (H, 9)1.0
F. Vazquez (S, 19)1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - J. Rodriguez (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Rodriguez 90-58, M. Grace 14-7, S. Kelley 14-9, J. Miller 9-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Rodriguez 5-6, M. Grace 2-1, S. Kelley 1-1, J. Miller 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Rodriguez 27, M. Grace 4, S. Kelley 3, J. Miller 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - I. Nova 91-62, R. Rodriguez 15-11, E. Santana 11-9, F. Vazquez 20-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Nova 5-7, R. Rodriguez 2-0, F. Vazquez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - I. Nova 25, R. Rodriguez 4, E. Santana 3, F. Vazquez 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Turner SS40000010.275.351.415.766-0.5
J. Soto LF41111010.301.415.549.9645.5
A. Rendon 3B40100020.280.346.507.8530.0
B. Harper CF41111012.218.372.479.8515.5
M. Adams 1B41100010.291.361.564.9251.5
D. Murphy 2B40200000.211.244.276.5202.0
A. Eaton RF30310000.312.385.413.7985.0
a- M. Taylor PH10000011.243.306.379.685-0.5
M. Wieters C40100013.232.338.377.7140.5
J. Rodriguez P20000021.000.000.000.000-1.0
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  • a-struck out for Eaton in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Grace in the 7th
  • c-grounded into a double play for Miller in the 9th
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C. Dickerson LF52210000.309.342.464.8057.0
S. Marte CF31100111.279.330.459.7895.5
G. Polanco RF32241101.236.343.472.81514.0
C. Moran 3B40110002.258.333.407.7413.0
F. Cervelli C30000101.254.389.481.8701.0
D. Freese 1B40200011.268.325.415.7402.5
J. Harrison 2B40000024.256.292.350.641-1.0
M. Moroff SS21000201.188.264.333.5973.0
I. Nova P20000014.000.000.000.000-0.5
R. Rodriguez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
E. Santana P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- A. Meadows PH10000010.295.327.479.806-0.5
F. Vazquez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Santana in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Eaton (5)
  • HR - J. Soto (9), B. Harper (22)
  • RBI - J. Soto (27), B. Harper (51), A. Eaton (13)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Soto (14)
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Marte (15), C. Moran (13), D. Freese (6)
  • 3B - C. Dickerson (5)
  • HR - G. Polanco (13)
  • SH - I. Nova (2)
  • RBI - C. Dickerson (35), G. Polanco 4 (47), C. Moran (36)
  • 2-Out RBI - G. Polanco 2 (11)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - S. Marte (23), G. Polanco (4)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - S. Marte (9)
  • DP - (Moroff-Harrison-Freese)
  • PB - F. Cervelli (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Rodriguez (L, 0-1)5.08664416.861.68-6.0
M. Grace1.00001003.030.982.0
S. Kelley1.00000102.730.843.5
J. Miller1.00000103.861.133.5
Total8.0866561---
PITCHERSIP
J. Rodriguez (L, 0-1)5.0
M. Grace1.0
S. Kelley1.0
J. Miller1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
I. Nova (W, 5-6)5.28330524.501.2713.5
R. Rodriguez (H, 3)1.10000202.571.114.0
E. Santana (H, 9)1.00000303.400.984.5
F. Vazquez (S, 19)1.02000103.291.338.5
Total9.010330112---
PITCHERSIP
I. Nova (W, 5-6)5.2
R. Rodriguez (H, 3)1.1
E. Santana (H, 9)1.0
F. Vazquez (S, 19)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - J. Rodriguez (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Rodriguez 90-58, M. Grace 14-7, S. Kelley 14-9, J. Miller 9-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Rodriguez 5-6, M. Grace 2-1, S. Kelley 1-1, J. Miller 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Rodriguez 27, M. Grace 4, S. Kelley 3, J. Miller 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - I. Nova 91-62, R. Rodriguez 15-11, E. Santana 11-9, F. Vazquez 20-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Nova 5-7, R. Rodriguez 2-0, F. Vazquez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - I. Nova 25, R. Rodriguez 4, E. Santana 3, F. Vazquez 4
  • 6TH INNING
    Harper homered to center36
  • 5TH INNING
    Soto homered to right26
  • 2ND INNING
    Polanco homered to right center, Dickerson scored16
    Dickerson tripled to deep right center, Moroff scored14
    Eaton singled to center, Adams scored, Murphy out at third13
  • 1ST INNING
    Moran doubled to left, Polanco scored03
    Polanco singled to center, Dickerson and Marte scored02
  • 9TH INNING
    • Felipe Vazquez pitching
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Murphy singled to shallow left
    • Michael Taylor hit for Adam Eaton
    • M. Taylor: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • M. Wieters: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Wieters singled to left, Murphy to second
    • Mark Reynolds hit for Justin Miller
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Reynolds grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Wieters out at second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Edgar Santana relieved Richard Rodriguez
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Rendon struck out looking
    • B. Harper: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
    • M. Adams: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Adams struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Justin Miller relieved Shawn Kelley
    • M. Moroff: Strike swinging, Moroff flied out to center
    • Austin Meadows hit for Edgar Santana
    • A. Meadows: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Meadows struck out swinging
    • C. Dickerson: Foul, Foul, Dickerson grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Brian Goodwin hit for Matt Grace
    • B. Goodwin: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Strike swinging, Goodwin struck out swinging
    • T. Turner: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Turner grounded out to third
    • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Soto struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Shawn Kelley pitching
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cervelli flied out to left
    • D. Freese: Foul, Foul, Ball, Freese grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Harrison struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Harper homered to center
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Adams flied out to left
    • D. Murphy: Strike swinging, Foul, Murphy grounded out to first
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Eaton doubled to deep right center
    • Richard Rodriguez relieved Ivan Nova
    • M. Wieters: Wieters grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Matt Grace relieved Jefry Rodriguez
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Dickerson lined out to second
    • S. Marte: Ball, Foul, Marte grounded out to second
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Polanco walked
    • C. Moran: Foul, Ball, Moran grounded out to second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • J. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
    • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Turner flied out to left
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Soto homered to right
    • A. Rendon: Rendon lined out to center
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Cervelli grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Freese: Freese doubled to deep right
    • J. Harrison: Ball, Harrison flied out to deep left
    • M. Moroff: Moroff intentionally walked
    • I. Nova: Nova lined out to center
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • M. Adams: Strike swinging, Adams popped out to third
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Murphy flied out to left
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Eaton singled to deep right
    • M. Wieters: Wieters grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike swinging, Dickerson grounded out to second
    • S. Marte: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Marte walked
    • G. Polanco: Polanco flied out to left
    • C. Moran: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Marte stole second, Moran lined out to left
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Turner grounded out to second
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Soto grounded out to first
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Rendon reached on an infield single to pitcher
    • B. Harper: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Harper flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Cervelli walked
    • D. Freese: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Freese singled to right, Cervelli to second
    • J. Harrison: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Harrison struck out swinging
    • M. Moroff: Moroff reached on fielder's choice to second, Cervelli to third, Freese out at second
    • I. Nova: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Nova struck out looking
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • M. Adams: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Adams singled to right center
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Murphy singled to left, Adams to second
    • A. Eaton: Eaton singled to center, Adams scored, Murphy out at third
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Wieters struck out swinging
    • J. Rodriguez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • M. Moroff: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Moroff walked
    • I. Nova: Ball, Foul, Nova hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Moroff to second
    • C. Dickerson: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Dickerson tripled to deep right center, Moroff scored
    • S. Marte: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Marte struck out on foul tip
    • G. Polanco: Polanco homered to right center, Dickerson scored
    • C. Moran: Ball, Ball, Moran flied out to center
    • End of the 2nd (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
    • J. Soto: Ball, Soto grounded out to first
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Rendon struck out, reached on passed ball
    • B. Harper: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Harper flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • C. Dickerson: Foul, Foul, Foul, Dickerson singled to right
    • S. Marte: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Marte doubled to deep left, Dickerson to third
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Polanco singled to center, Dickerson and Marte scored
    • C. Moran: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Polanco stole second, Moran doubled to left, Polanco scored
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Cervelli grounded out to pitcher
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Freese struck out on foul tip
    • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Harrison fouled out to third
    • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)