Marte, Polanco go back-to-back as Pirates sweep doubleheader

PITTSBURGH (AP) Once wasn't enough for Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco. They hit back-to-back home runs for the second time Saturday, and the Pittsburgh Pirates won the second game of a doubleheader 6-2 over the Milwaukee Brewers.

With the Pirates leading 3-0 in the eighth, Marte hit his 13th homer over the left-field wall before Polanco hit his 16th to right-center to make it 5-0. They also hit consecutive home runs in the first inning of the Pirates' 2-1 win earlier Saturday.

According to STATS LLC, Marte and Polanco are the third duo in MLB history - and second from the Pirates - to go back-to-back in both games of a doubleheader. They were the first though to do it in their home ballpark. Pittsburgh's Frank Thomas and Dick Groat did it in a July 7, 1957, sweep against the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds. Oakland's Sal Bando and Reggie Jackson were the next on July 7, 1968, at Detroit.

''Just doing me,'' Polanco said. ''Be ready to hit, because we are aggressive hitters. Just seeing the ball and hitting it. Not thinking too much.''

Marte, who extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a ground-rule double in the sixth, applauded while jogging outside of Pittsburgh's dugout as Polanco rounded the bases.

''As soon as he hit the ball, I knew it was a homer,'' Marte said. ''So, I was happy and running to the front of the dugout.''

With one out in the first in the opener, Marte sent an 0-1 pitch from Chase Anderson (6-7) to center to put the Pirates ahead 1-0. Polanco then drove Anderson's 3-2 offering over the wall in right.

Polanco's 16 home runs are the most by a Pirates' right fielder prior to the All-Star break since Bobby Bonilla also had 16 in 1990.

The Pirates have won the first four games of their five-game series against the Brewers. Their five-game overall winning streak ties a season high, which happened on two previous occasions.

Richard Rodriguez (2-2) got the win in the first game, retiring all four batters he faced in relief of starter Ivan Nova.

HOLMES SOLID IN NIGHTCAP

In his second major league start, Clay Holmes (1-1) allowed no runs on four hits with six strikeouts and two walks for his first win. The rookie right-hander lasted 2 1/3 innings in his previous start, when he surrendered four runs on five hits in a 6-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 4.

''It was nice to be back out there, be on the mound and be able to make some pitches early,'' Holmes said. ''That kind of helped me settle down and get into a groove. Once I started getting into a groove, things started coming together and rolling. I started attacking the zone and the results came.''

Pittsburgh had two other players' homer in the nightcap. Max Moroff opened the scoring with a solo shot off Brent Suter (8-6) in the third inning. Jordan Luplow homered in the sixth and eighth.

Brent Suter, who returned from the 10-day disabled list (left forearm tightness), went five innings for Milwaukee, allowing one run on two hits with three strikeouts and one walk.

''I felt good,'' said Suter, who is 8-6 on the season. ''Fastball command maybe wasn't as great as I would want it to be, but off-speed felt fine out of the hand. I felt healthy.''

Tyler Glasnow walked the bases loaded with one out in the eighth before Michael Feliz got Tyler Saladino to fly out and Villar to strike out.

Jesus Aguilar singled off Feliz with the bases loaded in the ninth to cut the lead to 6-2 before Felipe Vazquez came in to get the final out with a strikeout on three pitches. That was his second save of the day and 23rd of the season.

''We're not scoring runs,'' Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. ''We just didn't get any hits with men in scoring position. We had a few opportunities, actually. We hit a bunch of singles today. We had singles and walks today. ... Every offense needs extra-base hits, some kind of extra-base hits, to produce the runs. We got two extra-base hits in two games.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Brewers: OF Eric Thames (right hamstring tightness) and RHP Junior Guerra (right forearm) were placed on the 10-day disabled list. Thames sustained his injury while tracking a ball hit to right field in the second inning Friday.

Pirates: C Francisco Cervelli was placed on the seven-day disabled list with post-concussive symptoms. C Jacob Stallings, who started the second game and hit seventh, was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to replace him on the 25-man roster.

UP NEXT

Brewers: RHP Jhoulys Chacin (8-3, 3.78) will look to win a third straight start. In his last start against Miami on July 10, he allowed four runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings in an 8-3 win.

Pirates: RHP Joe Musgrove (3-4, 3.77) will attempt to carry momentum from his previous two starts. He has surrendered a combined two runs on 12 hits in 12 innings pitched during that span.

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  • W: C. Holmes (1-1)L: B. Suter (8-6)S: F. Vazquez (23)
  • HR: PIT - S. Marte (13), G. Polanco (16), M. Moroff (3), J. Luplow 2 (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Cain CF50200010.298.399.434.8331.5
C. Yelich LF40100124.288.361.454.8142.0
J. Aguilar 1B40120122.300.370.626.9963.0
T. Shaw 3B40200113.244.342.467.8082.5
T. Saladino SS40000026.288.345.475.820-1.0
J. Villar 2B20000213.261.315.377.6931.5
H. Perez RF41200001.250.281.390.6715.0
J. Nottingham C31100112.200.333.250.5832.5
B. Suter P20000012.200.333.360.693-0.5
J. Jeffress P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- B. Miller PH10000011.252.316.421.737-0.5
D. Jennings P0000-000.667.6671.000.000-
A. Wilkerson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- N. Orf PH10000012.063.211.250.461-0.5
  • a-struck out for Jeffress in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Wilkerson in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Harrison 2B40000021.251.293.343.637-1.0
S. Marte CF42211000.286.335.484.8209.0
G. Polanco RF41111001.235.337.488.8256.0
D. Freese 3B-1B40210010.281.341.418.7592.5
J. Bell 1B20000122.259.341.393.7340.0
T. Glasnow P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Feliz P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
F. Vazquez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Luplow LF42222002.214.214.643.85712.0
J. Stallings C40000021.100.182.100.282-1.0
M. Moroff SS31111010.185.267.370.6375.5
C. Holmes P20000000.000.000.000.0000.0
C. Moran 3B00000100.262.336.404.7391.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Yelich (15)
    • RBI - J. Aguilar 2 (70)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Aguilar 2 (20)
    BATTING
    • 2B - S. Marte (16)
    • HR - S. Marte (13), G. Polanco (16), J. Luplow 2 (2), M. Moroff (3)
    • RBI - S. Marte (43), G. Polanco (51), D. Freese (24), J. Luplow 2 (2), M. Moroff (8)
    • 2-Out RBI - D. Freese (8), J. Luplow
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - H. Perez (8)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - J. Luplow
    • DP - (Freese-Moroff-Bell)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. Suter (L, 8-6)5.02111314.391.167.5
    J. Jeffress1.02110201.170.861.0
    D. Jennings1.01111113.231.310.5
    A. Wilkerson1.033302310.001.67-2.0
    PITCHERSIP
    B. Suter (L, 8-6)5.0
    J. Jeffress1.0
    D. Jennings1.0
    A. Wilkerson1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Holmes (W, 1-1)6.04002603.651.5425.0
    T. Glasnow (H, 4)1.12003304.671.48-0.5
    M. Feliz (H, 12)1.13221305.701.57-1.5
    F. Vazquez (S, 23)0.10000103.051.287.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Holmes (W, 1-1)6.0
    T. Glasnow (H, 4)1.1
    M. Feliz (H, 12)1.1
    F. Vazquez (S, 23)0.1
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. Suter 70-43, J. Jeffress 20-16, D. Jennings 18-9, A. Wilkerson 26-18
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Suter 3-9, A. Wilkerson 1-0
    • Batters Faced - B. Suter 18, J. Jeffress 5, D. Jennings 5, A. Wilkerson 6
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Holmes 82-52, T. Glasnow 40-21, M. Feliz 44-24, F. Vazquez 3-3
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Holmes 8-3
    • Batters Faced - C. Holmes 23, T. Glasnow 8, M. Feliz 8, F. Vazquez
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    L. Cain CF50200010.298.399.434.8331.5
    C. Yelich LF40100124.288.361.454.8142.0
    J. Aguilar 1B40120122.300.370.626.9963.0
    T. Shaw 3B40200113.244.342.467.8082.5
    T. Saladino SS40000026.288.345.475.820-1.0
    J. Villar 2B20000213.261.315.377.6931.5
    H. Perez RF41200001.250.281.390.6715.0
    J. Nottingham C31100112.200.333.250.5832.5
    B. Suter P20000012.200.333.360.693-0.5
    J. Jeffress P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    a- B. Miller PH10000011.252.316.421.737-0.5
    D. Jennings P0000-000.667.6671.000.000-
    A. Wilkerson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    b- N. Orf PH10000012.063.211.250.461-0.5
    Total34292061326-----
    • a-struck out for Jeffress in the 7th
    • b-struck out for Wilkerson in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Harrison 2B40000021.251.293.343.637-1.0
    S. Marte CF42211000.286.335.484.8209.0
    G. Polanco RF41111001.235.337.488.8256.0
    D. Freese 3B-1B40210010.281.341.418.7592.5
    J. Bell 1B20000122.259.341.393.7340.0
    T. Glasnow P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    M. Feliz P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    F. Vazquez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    J. Luplow LF42222002.214.214.643.85712.0
    J. Stallings C40000021.100.182.100.282-1.0
    M. Moroff SS31111010.185.267.370.6375.5
    C. Holmes P20000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    C. Moran 3B00000100.262.336.404.7391.0
    Total326865287-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Yelich (15)
      • RBI - J. Aguilar 2 (70)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Aguilar 2 (20)
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Marte (16)
      • HR - S. Marte (13), G. Polanco (16), J. Luplow 2 (2), M. Moroff (3)
      • RBI - S. Marte (43), G. Polanco (51), D. Freese (24), J. Luplow 2 (2), M. Moroff (8)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Freese (8), J. Luplow
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - H. Perez (8)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - J. Luplow
      • DP - (Freese-Moroff-Bell)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Suter (L, 8-6)5.02111314.391.167.5
      J. Jeffress1.02110201.170.861.0
      D. Jennings1.01111113.231.310.5
      A. Wilkerson1.033302310.001.67-2.0
      Total8.0866285---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Suter (L, 8-6)5.0
      J. Jeffress1.0
      D. Jennings1.0
      A. Wilkerson1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Holmes (W, 1-1)6.04002603.651.5425.0
      T. Glasnow (H, 4)1.12003304.671.48-0.5
      M. Feliz (H, 12)1.13221305.701.57-1.5
      F. Vazquez (S, 23)0.10000103.051.287.5
      Total9.09226130---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Holmes (W, 1-1)6.0
      T. Glasnow (H, 4)1.1
      M. Feliz (H, 12)1.1
      F. Vazquez (S, 23)0.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Suter 70-43, J. Jeffress 20-16, D. Jennings 18-9, A. Wilkerson 26-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Suter 3-9, A. Wilkerson 1-0
      • Batters Faced - B. Suter 18, J. Jeffress 5, D. Jennings 5, A. Wilkerson 6
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Holmes 82-52, T. Glasnow 40-21, M. Feliz 44-24, F. Vazquez 3-3
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Holmes 8-3
      • Batters Faced - C. Holmes 23, T. Glasnow 8, M. Feliz 8, F. Vazquez
      • 9TH INNING
        Aguilar singled to center, Perez and Nottingham scored, Cain to third26
      • 8TH INNING
        Luplow homered to left center06
        Polanco homered to right center05
        Marte homered to left04
      • 7TH INNING
        Luplow homered to center03
      • 6TH INNING
        Freese singled to center, Marte scored02
      • 3RD INNING
        Moroff homered to left01
      • 9TH INNING
        • M. Feliz Pitching:
        • H. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Perez singled to left
        • J. Nottingham: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Nottingham walked, Perez to second
        • Nate Orf hit for Aaron Wilkerson
        • Na. Orf: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Orf struck out swinging
        • L. Cain: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Cain singled to shallow center, Perez to third, Nottingham to second
        • C. Yelich: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Yelich struck out looking
        • J. Aguilar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Aguilar singled to center, Perez and Nottingham scored, Cain to third
        • Felipe Vazquez relieved Michael Feliz
        • T. Shaw: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Shaw struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • T. Glasnow Pitching:
        • L. Cain: Ball, Cain reached on an infield single to second
        • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Yelich struck out on foul tip
        • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Aguilar walked, Cain to second
        • T. Shaw: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Shaw walked, Cain to third, Aguilar to second
        • Michael Feliz relieved Tyler Glasnow
        • T. Saladino: Ball, Ball, Saladino flied out to left
        • J. Villar: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Aaron Wilkerson relieved Dan Jennings
        • S. Marte: Foul, Foul, Foul, Marte homered to left
        • G. Polanco: Foul, Ball, Foul, Polanco homered to right center
        • D. Freese: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Freese struck out swinging
        • M. Feliz: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Feliz grounded out to first
        • J. Luplow: Foul, Luplow homered to left center
        • J. Stallings: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Stallings struck out looking
        • End of the 8th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Tyler Glasnow pitching
        • Colin Moran at third base
        • J. Villar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Villar walked
        • H. Perez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Perez singled to left, Villar out at third
        • J. Nottingham: Ball, Ball, Perez stole second, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Nottingham struck out swinging
        • Brad Miller hit for Jeremy Jeffress
        • B. Miller: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Miller struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Dan Jennings pitching
        • J. Luplow: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Luplow homered to center
        • J. Stallings: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Stallings struck out swinging
        • M. Moroff: Ball, Moroff flied out to deep center
        • C. Moran: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Moran walked
        • J. Harrison: Ball, Ball, Harrison lined out to center
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Cl. Holmes Pitching:
        • L. Cain: Ball, Cain grounded out to second
        • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Yelich walked
        • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Aguilar struck out swinging
        • T. Shaw: Shaw singled to left, Yelich to second
        • T. Saladino: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Saladino struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Jeremy Jeffress relieved Brent Suter
        • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Harrison struck out swinging
        • S. Marte: Marte doubled to right
        • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Polanco flied out to deep center, Marte to third
        • D. Freese: Foul, Freese singled to center, Marte scored
        • J. Bell: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • Cl. Holmes Pitching:
        • J. Villar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Villar walked
        • H. Perez: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Perez grounded out to shortstop, Villar to second
        • J. Nottingham: Nottingham flied out to center
        • B. Suter: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Suter struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Suter Pitching:
        • J. Stallings: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Stallings flied out to center
        • M. Moroff: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Moroff struck out looking
        • Cl. Holmes: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Holmes flied out to right
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • Cl. Holmes Pitching:
        • C. Yelich: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Yelich grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Aguilar grounded out to shortstop
        • T. Shaw: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Shaw singled to right center
        • T. Saladino: Ball, Saladino grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Shaw out at second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Suter Pitching:
        • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Polanco flied out to left
        • D. Freese: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Freese singled to right
        • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
        • J. Luplow: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Luplow flied out to deep right
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • Cl. Holmes Pitching:
        • J. Nottingham: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Nottingham reached on an infield single to second
        • B. Suter: Suter grounded into double play third to shortstop to first, Nottingham out at second
        • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cain struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Suter Pitching:
        • M. Moroff: Foul, Ball, Moroff homered to left
        • Cl. Holmes: Holmes grounded out to catcher
        • J. Harrison: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Harrison struck out swinging
        • S. Marte: Marte grounded out to second
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • Cl. Holmes Pitching:
        • T. Saladino: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Saladino struck out swinging
        • J. Villar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Villar grounded out to second
        • H. Perez: Ball, Ball, Perez flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Suter Pitching:
        • D. Freese: Strike looking, Ball, Freese lined out to third
        • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Bell walked
        • J. Luplow: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Luplow fouled out to first
        • J. Stallings: Stallings flied out to deep center
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • Cl. Holmes Pitching:
        • L. Cain: Ball, Strike looking, Cain grounded out to first
        • C. Yelich: Yelich doubled to right
        • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Aguilar struck out swinging
        • T. Shaw: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Shaw flied out to left
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Suter Pitching:
        • J. Harrison: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Harrison flied out to shallow right
        • S. Marte: Ball, Marte grounded out to first
        • G. Polanco: Strike swinging, Ball, Polanco lined out to first
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)