Marte, Polanco, Bell HR; Bucs beat Indians for 11th straight

CLEVELAND (AP) Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has a simple philosophy when it comes to hot streaks.

''I have a saying that I use all the time,'' he said. ''I'm not superstitious but just in case, there's some things I'll continue to do.''

Whether it's superstition - or just solid baseball - whatever the Pirates are doing is working.

Starling Marte, Gregory Polanco and Josh Bell each hit a two-run homer, and Pittsburgh beat the Cleveland Indians 9-4 on Tuesday night for their 11th straight win.

Hurdle, in his 16th season as a big league manager, knows how quickly fortunes can change in baseball but realizes his team is doing something special.

''I can understand not making too much of it,'' he said. ''(But) I've been in the game 44 years and I won't tell you the amount of times I've been on a team that has won 11 games in a row. It hasn't been 44.''

The Pirates beat the Indians for the second straight night. Marte homered in the first inning, drove in three runs and extended his career-high hitting streak to 17 games.

Polanco homered and Corey Dickerson tripled in two runs when Pittsburgh scored five times in the second. Bell hit a home run in the fifth. The Pirates have homered in a season-high nine straight games, hitting 22 home runs in that span.

Pittsburgh has won 11 in a row for the first time since Sept. 12-22, 1996. The Pirates have won 13 of 14 and are 17-8 since June 24. Pittsburgh has outscored its opponents 43-9 in the last five games.

Musgrove (4-4) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings for his first win since June 29.

''It's awesome,'' he said of the winning streak. ''It's not very often you get to be a part of something like this.''

Shane Bieber (5-2), called up from Triple-A Columbus to make the start, allowed seven runs in 1 2/3 innings.

Designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion returned after missing two games with a bruised right hand and hit a leadoff homer in the fourth. Brandon Guyer added a solo homer in the eighth.

Pittsburgh rolled to a 7-0, rain-shortened win over reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber on Monday and the offense jumped ahead early again.

''Right now, we're facing a team that if you make a mistake, they capitalize on everything and for two games now, that's what's happened,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said.

Dickerson doubled to start the game and Marte drove a 2-1 pitch into the left-field bleachers for his 16th homer.

Pittsburgh's second-inning runs came with two outs. Dickerson's drive with runners on first and second sent center fielder Tyler Naquin to the wall. Naquin attempted to make a leaping catch, but the ball glanced off the side of his glove and rolled along the track.

Marte followed with an infield hit, and Polanco got his 18th home run to right. Bell hit his sixth homer to right off Neil Ramirez.

The Pirates are 12-2 in interleague play and have won eight in a row against AL teams.

Cleveland snapped a scoreless streak of 15 innings in the first on Jose Ramirez's RBI groundout.

BIG NUMBERS

Dickerson, Marte and Polanco have fueled the Pirates' hot streak. The three have combined to hit .382 (26 of 68) with nine homers 24 RBIs over the last five games.

''We're challenging ourselves,'' Dickerson said. ''When somebody does something well the other ones are wanting to do something awesome also. We're kind of holding each other accountable the way we work and those guys are working hard, so it's paying off.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: Dickerson was removed in the bottom of the fourth with left hamstring discomfort after going 2 for 3. He said after the game that he didn't think the injury was serious.

Indians: LHP Andrew Miller (right knee inflammation) allowed four runs in one-third of an inning on a rehab assignment for Double-A Akron on Tuesday. He retired one of the five batters he faced and threw 24 pitches.

UP NEXT

James Taillon (7-7, 3.80 ERA) faces Indians All-Star Trevor Bauer (8-6, 2.44) in the series finale Wednesday. Taillon has never faced Cleveland while Bauer beat the Pirates in his only appearance against them in 2015.

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PIT53-49
2500200009140
CLE54-46
100100011490
  • W: J. Musgrove (4-4)L: S. Bieber (5-2)
  • HR: PIT - S. Marte (16), J. Bell (6), G. Polanco (18), CLE - E. Encarnacion (23), B. Guyer (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Dickerson LF32220000.318.351.517.8699.0
J. Luplow LF10100100.222.263.556.8192.0
S. Marte CF52231012.292.337.503.8409.5
G. Polanco RF51121022.237.333.503.8366.0
E. Diaz C51200001.286.327.456.7833.0
C. Moran DH40100022.267.336.396.7330.0
J. Bell 1B41221012.272.352.412.7637.5
D. Freese 3B41100001.278.335.420.7552.0
J. Harrison 2B41100012.254.295.355.6501.5
J. Mercer SS40100014.258.319.397.7150.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS31100000.291.367.559.9273.0
    E. Gonzalez SS20110000.316.350.463.8133.0
    M. Brantley LF20000000.301.348.479.8270.0
    B. Guyer LF21111011.203.299.373.6715.5
    J. Ramirez 3B30010100.299.402.6281.0312.0
    E. Encarnacion DH31211101.237.323.483.8068.0
    Y. Alonso 1B40100002.256.328.443.7711.0
    M. Cabrera RF40100003.247.280.342.6231.0
    J. Kipnis 2B40100011.221.308.360.6690.5
    Y. Gomes C30000002.240.300.420.7190.0
    R. Perez C10000000.152.232.223.4550.0
    T. Naquin CF41100011.263.294.357.6511.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Dickerson (24)
      • 3B - C. Dickerson (6)
      • HR - S. Marte (16), G. Polanco (18), J. Bell (6)
      • RBI - C. Dickerson 2 (44), S. Marte 3 (54), G. Polanco 2 (58), J. Bell 2 (49)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Dickerson 2 (19), S. Marte (23), G. Polanco 2 (17)
      BATTING
      • 2B - F. Lindor (34), E. Gonzalez (9)
      • HR - B. Guyer (4), E. Encarnacion (23)
      • SH - M. Brantley
      • RBI - E. Gonzalez (15), B. Guyer (17), J. Ramirez (73), E. Encarnacion (69)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Gonzalez (7)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Lindor-Kipnis-Alonso; Lindor-Kipnis-Alonso)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Musgrove (W, 4-4)7.05221213.901.3224.0
      S. Brault1.02111014.881.51-1.0
      E. Santana1.02110103.221.030.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Musgrove (W, 4-4)7.0
      S. Brault1.0
      E. Santana1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Bieber (L, 5-2)1.27770224.801.44-15.0
      D. Otero1.12000205.351.192.0
      O. Perez1.00000201.150.514.0
      N. Ramirez2.03221214.321.201.0
      B. Hand1.01000003.111.082.0
      A. Cimber1.00000003.061.063.0
      C. Allen1.01000004.831.242.0
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Bieber (L, 5-2)1.2
      D. Otero1.1
      O. Perez1.0
      N. Ramirez2.0
      B. Hand1.0
      A. Cimber1.0
      C. Allen1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Musgrove 88-65, S. Brault 28-15, E. Santana 12-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Musgrove 12-7, S. Brault 2-1, E. Santana 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Musgrove 27, S. Brault 6, E. Santana 5
      PITCHING
      • WP - S. Bieber (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Bieber 54-36, D. Otero 23-14, O. Perez 12-8, N. Ramirez 36-25, B. Hand 9-6, A. Cimber 13-9, C. Allen 12-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Bieber 1-2, D. Otero 2-0, O. Perez 1-0, N. Ramirez 2-1, B. Hand 1-1, A. Cimber 2-1
      • Batters Faced - S. Bieber 12, D. Otero 6, O. Perez 3, N. Ramirez 9, B. Hand 3, A. Cimber 3, C. Allen 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      PIT53-49
      2500200009140
      CLE54-46
      100100011490
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      C. Dickerson LF32220000.318.351.517.8699.0
      J. Luplow LF10100100.222.263.556.8192.0
      S. Marte CF52231012.292.337.503.8409.5
      G. Polanco RF51121022.237.333.503.8366.0
      E. Diaz C51200001.286.327.456.7833.0
      C. Moran DH40100022.267.336.396.7330.0
      J. Bell 1B41221012.272.352.412.7637.5
      D. Freese 3B41100001.278.335.420.7552.0
      J. Harrison 2B41100012.254.295.355.6501.5
      J. Mercer SS40100014.258.319.397.7150.5
      Total39914931816-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        F. Lindor SS31100000.291.367.559.9273.0
        E. Gonzalez SS20110000.316.350.463.8133.0
        M. Brantley LF20000000.301.348.479.8270.0
        B. Guyer LF21111011.203.299.373.6715.5
        J. Ramirez 3B30010100.299.402.6281.0312.0
        E. Encarnacion DH31211101.237.323.483.8068.0
        Y. Alonso 1B40100002.256.328.443.7711.0
        M. Cabrera RF40100003.247.280.342.6231.0
        J. Kipnis 2B40100011.221.308.360.6690.5
        Y. Gomes C30000002.240.300.420.7190.0
        R. Perez C10000000.152.232.223.4550.0
        T. Naquin CF41100011.263.294.357.6511.5
        Total3549422311-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - C. Dickerson (24)
          • 3B - C. Dickerson (6)
          • HR - S. Marte (16), G. Polanco (18), J. Bell (6)
          • RBI - C. Dickerson 2 (44), S. Marte 3 (54), G. Polanco 2 (58), J. Bell 2 (49)
          • 2-Out RBI - C. Dickerson 2 (19), S. Marte (23), G. Polanco 2 (17)
          BATTING
          • 2B - F. Lindor (34), E. Gonzalez (9)
          • HR - B. Guyer (4), E. Encarnacion (23)
          • SH - M. Brantley
          • RBI - E. Gonzalez (15), B. Guyer (17), J. Ramirez (73), E. Encarnacion (69)
          • 2-Out RBI - E. Gonzalez (7)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Lindor-Kipnis-Alonso; Lindor-Kipnis-Alonso)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Musgrove (W, 4-4)7.05221213.901.3224.0
          S. Brault1.02111014.881.51-1.0
          E. Santana1.02110103.221.030.5
          Total9.0944232---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Musgrove (W, 4-4)7.0
          S. Brault1.0
          E. Santana1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          S. Bieber (L, 5-2)1.27770224.801.44-15.0
          D. Otero1.12000205.351.192.0
          O. Perez1.00000201.150.514.0
          N. Ramirez2.03221214.321.201.0
          B. Hand1.01000003.111.082.0
          A. Cimber1.00000003.061.063.0
          C. Allen1.01000004.831.242.0
          Total9.01499183---
          PITCHERSIP
          S. Bieber (L, 5-2)1.2
          D. Otero1.1
          O. Perez1.0
          N. Ramirez2.0
          B. Hand1.0
          A. Cimber1.0
          C. Allen1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Musgrove 88-65, S. Brault 28-15, E. Santana 12-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Musgrove 12-7, S. Brault 2-1, E. Santana 2-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Musgrove 27, S. Brault 6, E. Santana 5
          PITCHING
          • WP - S. Bieber (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - S. Bieber 54-36, D. Otero 23-14, O. Perez 12-8, N. Ramirez 36-25, B. Hand 9-6, A. Cimber 13-9, C. Allen 12-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Bieber 1-2, D. Otero 2-0, O. Perez 1-0, N. Ramirez 2-1, B. Hand 1-1, A. Cimber 2-1
          • Batters Faced - S. Bieber 12, D. Otero 6, O. Perez 3, N. Ramirez 9, B. Hand 3, A. Cimber 3, C. Allen 4
          • 9TH INNING
            Gonzalez doubled to deep center, Naquin scored94
          • 8TH INNING
            Guyer homered to left center93
          • 5TH INNING
            Bell homered to right, Diaz scored92
          • 4TH INNING
            Encarnacion homered to left72
          • 2ND INNING
            Polanco homered to right, Marte scored71
            Marte reached on an infield single to shortstop, Dickerson scored51
            Dickerson tripled to deep center, Freese and Harrison scored41
          • 1ST INNING
            Ramirez grounded out to second, Lindor scored21
            Marte homered to left, Dickerson scored20
          • 9TH INNING
            • Cody Allen relieved Adam Cimber
            • J. Luplow: Luplow singled to left
            • S. Marte: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Marte lined out to center
            • G. Polanco: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Polanco lined out to center
            • E. Diaz: Ball, Foul, Diaz lined out to center
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Edgar Santana relieved Steven Brault
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Kipnis grounded out to pitcher
            • R. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Perez grounded out to third
            • T. Naquin: Foul, Naquin singled to center
            • E. Gonzalez: Gonzalez doubled to deep center, Naquin scored
            • B. Guyer: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Guyer struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Adam Cimber relieved Brad Hand
            • Roberto Perez catching
            • Erik Gonzalez at shortstop
            • D. Freese: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Freese grounded out to second
            • J. Harrison: Harrison grounded out to third
            • J. Mercer: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Mercer flied out to shallow center
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Steven Brault relieved Joe Musgrove
            • E. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez lined out to pitcher
            • B. Guyer: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Guyer homered to left center
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to pitcher
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Encarnacion walked
            • Y. Alonso: Alonso singled to right, Encarnacion to third
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Cabrera grounded out to third
            • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Brad Hand relieved Neil Ramirez
            • E. Diaz: Diaz singled to right
            • C. Moran: Moran popped out to shortstop
            • J. Bell: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bell grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Diaz out at second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Musgrove Pitching:
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Kipnis struck out looking
            • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gomes lined out to first
            • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Naquin flied out to center
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • N. Ramirez Pitching:
            • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Mercer singled to left
            • J. Luplow: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Luplow walked, Mercer to second
            • S. Marte: Foul, Ball, Marte grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Mercer to third, Luplow out at second
            • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Brandon Guyer in left field
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Encarnacion fouled out to catcher
            • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Alonso reached on fielder's choice to second, Ramirez out at second
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Cabrera lined out to left
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • Neil Ramirez relieved Oliver Perez
            • E. Diaz: Ball, Foul, Diaz singled to right center
            • C. Moran: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moran struck out swinging
            • J. Bell: Pickoff attempt, Bell homered to right, Diaz scored
            • D. Freese: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Freese flied out to right
            • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Harrison grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Musgrove Pitching:
            • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Ball, Naquin grounded out to first
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Lindor lined out to center
            • M. Brantley: Brantley grounded out to first
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • Oliver Perez relieved Dan Otero
            • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Dickerson grounded out to second
            • S. Marte: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
            • G. Polanco: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Polanco struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Jordan Luplow in left field
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Encarnacion homered to left
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Alonso grounded out to first
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera grounded out to first
            • J. Kipnis: Foul, Kipnis singled to center
            • Y. Gomes: Strike swinging, Foul, Gomes grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • D. Otero Pitching:
            • C. Moran: Moran singled to right
            • J. Bell: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
            • D. Freese: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Freese singled to right, Moran to second
            • J. Harrison: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Harrison struck out on foul tip
            • J. Mercer: Ball, Ball, Mercer grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Musgrove Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Lindor grounded out to second
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Brantley grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to first
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Bell singled to left
            • D. Freese: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Freese reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Bell out at second
            • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Ball, Harrison singled to left, Freese to second
            • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mercer struck out swinging
            • C. Dickerson: Ball, Dickerson tripled to deep center, Freese and Harrison scored
            • S. Marte: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Marte reached on an infield single to shortstop, Dickerson scored
            • G. Polanco: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Marte to second on wild pitch, Polanco homered to right, Marte scored
            • Dan Otero relieved Shane Bieber
            • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Diaz grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 2nd (5 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Musgrove Pitching:
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Kipnis lined out to left
            • Y. Gomes: Strike swinging, Gomes fouled out to first
            • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Naquin struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • C. Dickerson: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Dickerson doubled to left center
            • S. Marte: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Marte homered to left, Dickerson scored
            • G. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Polanco flied out to center
            • E. Diaz: Foul, Diaz flied out to deep center
            • C. Moran: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Moran struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Musgrove Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Lindor doubled to right
            • M. Brantley: Brantley hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Lindor to third
            • J. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to second, Lindor scored
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Foul, Encarnacion singled to left
            • Y. Alonso: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Alonso grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)