Bell, Nova lead Pirates over Marlins 5-1 for 5th win in row

PITTSBURGH (AP) Josh Bell has homered in consecutive games following three days off. He doesn't think it's a coincidence.

''I was able to kind of reflect a little bit,'' Bell said. ''Take a step back, watch some baseball, get some work done in the cages and get back to the basics.''

The switch-hitting first baseman combined with Ivan Nova, who got his first victory in a month, to help the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Miami Marlins 5-1 Saturday for their fifth consecutive win.

In a game played in a steady drizzle, Bell connected off Brett Graves leading off the sixth for his 10th home run, down from 26 last year when he finished third in the NL Rookie of the Year voting. Before his home run Friday, Bell had not driven in a run since Aug. 11.

Manager Clint Hurdle did not play Bell on Tuesday or Wednesday against Cincinnati, and the Pirates were off Thursday.

''Just like everybody else, we've had a sit down and talked about finishing strong, putting some staples on this season and building some momentum toward next year,'' Hurdle said.

Nova (8-9) gave up three hits in six innings, struck out nine and walked three. He had lost three straight starts since beating San Francisco on Aug. 9 and had missed his previous turn for an undisclosed reason.

''I was doing my workouts while I was away,'' Nova said. ''I'm a professional athlete and I was taking care of my business to make sure I was still ready to pitch.''

Nova improved his career record against the Marlins to 4-0.

''He's handcuffed us pretty much every time we've seen him over the last couple of years,'' Miami manager Don Mattingly said.

Pittsburgh at 71-71 reached .500 for the first time since before play on Aug. 21.

''Winning matters every day but, yeah, I think we would all like to finish the season strong,'' Hurdle said.

Wei-Yin Chen (6-10) allowed three runs and five hits in four innings, dropping to 1-7 with a 9.13 ERA in 11 road starts. He is 5-3 with a 1.77 ERA in 12 home outings.

Chen said he did not a good feel for the ball in the wet conditions.

''It's the command. Maybe it's the weather, it's the rain, but as a player, that's what you have to overcome,'' Chen said. ''That's not a reason you can say, `because it's the rain.' As a player, you have to be able to pitch in the rain.''

Jose Osuna doubled leading off the second and scored on Kevin Newman's single. The Pirates took a 3-0 lead in the fourth when Jacob Stallings had a two-out RBI single and center fielder Lewis Brinson allowed the ball to bounce past him for an error that let Jose Osuna score from first.

Starling Marte hit an RBI double in the seventh off Elieser Hernandez.

Miguel Rojas scored on Nick Kingham's wild pitch in the eighth for already eliminated Miami, who dropped to 56-68.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Marlins: Mattingly said the team hopes RHP Dan Straily (strained left oblique) will make his next scheduled start. Straily left in the fifth inning Friday. ... SS JT Riddle (sore left wrist) missed his fifth straight game but took indoor batting practice.

Pirates: RF Gregory Polanco (bone bruise in left knee) will miss the remainder of the season. He was forced from Friday's game in the sixth inning following an awkward slide into second base on a double.

UP NEXT

Marlins: RHP Jeff Brigham (0-1, 9.00 ERA) will make his second start Sunday after giving up three runs in three innings against Toronto in his major league debut Sept. 2.

Pirates: RHP Trevor Williams (12-9, 3.15) is 6-2 with a 0.66 ERA in his last nine starts, allowing just four runs in 54 2/3 innings.

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  • W: I. Nova (8-9)L: W. Chen (6-10)
  • HR: PIT - J. Bell (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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S. Castro 2B40100001.288.338.412.7502.0
B. Anderson 3B20000221.270.356.394.7501.0
L. Brinson CF40000025.206.247.361.608-1.0
A. Dean LF40100003.206.250.382.6321.0
P. O'Brien 1B40100021.111.111.222.3331.0
B. Holaday C40100021.201.257.245.5010.0
M. Sierra RF30000021.160.176.179.355-1.0
E. Hernandez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Guerra P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- I. Galloway PH10000011.238.347.429.776-0.5
W. Chen P10000000.139.139.167.3060.0
b- D. Dietrich PH10000001.266.332.428.7600.0
B. Graves P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Ortega RF20000011.265.312.314.626-0.5
  • a-struck out for Guerra in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Chen in the 5th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Frazier 2B41200010.289.358.469.8273.5
S. Marte CF40110011.278.321.455.7762.5
J. Luplow LF30100000.204.283.426.7093.0
J. Bell 1B22111211.256.349.404.7538.5
J. Osuna 3B42200013.200.208.333.5414.5
N. Kingham P00000000.091.167.136.3030.0
P. Reyes RF30000112.222.300.333.6330.5
K. Newman SS40110022.128.209.154.3631.0
J. Stallings C40110002.200.238.200.4382.0
I. Nova P20000022.020.020.020.041-1.0
D. Neverauskas P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- C. Moran PH10000000.276.335.387.7220.0
K. Kramer 3B00000000.400.400.400.8000.0
  • a-grounded out for Neverauskas in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Castro (30), P. O'Brien
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Rojas, S. Castro, L. Brinson, A. Dean 3 (3), P. O'Brien, R. Ortega
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Frazier (18), S. Marte (25), J. Luplow, J. Osuna (4)
  • HR - J. Bell (10)
  • RBI - S. Marte (64), J. Bell (57), K. Newman, J. Stallings
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Marte (31), J. Stallings
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Bell, J. Osuna 3 (3), I. Nova 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - A. Frazier
FIELDING
  • DP - (Chen-Castro-O'Brien)
  • E - L. Brinson 2 (9)
FIELDING
  • E - I. Nova (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Chen (L, 6-10)4.05332604.721.320.0
B. Graves2.02110115.081.523.5
E. Hernandez1.02111105.341.47-0.5
J. Guerra1.00000105.591.523.5
PITCHERSIP
W. Chen (L, 6-10)4.0
B. Graves2.0
E. Hernandez1.0
J. Guerra1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
I. Nova (W, 8-9)6.03001904.171.2728.5
D. Neverauskas1.00000209.501.724.0
N. Kingham2.02112204.691.232.0
PITCHERSIP
I. Nova (W, 8-9)6.0
D. Neverauskas1.0
N. Kingham2.0
PITCHING
  • WP - W. Chen (4)
  • HBP - E. Hernandez (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Chen 86-51, B. Graves 32-20, E. Hernandez 23-13, J. Guerra 11-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Chen 3-2, B. Graves 3-1, E. Hernandez 2-0, J. Guerra 1-1
  • Batters Faced - W. Chen 18, B. Graves 7, E. Hernandez 7, J. Guerra 3
PITCHING
  • WP - I. Nova (9), N. Kingham (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - I. Nova 90-59, D. Neverauskas 13-10, N. Kingham 52-30
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Nova 4-6, N. Kingham 1-3
  • Batters Faced - I. Nova 23, D. Neverauskas 3, N. Kingham 10
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Rojas SS31100111.253.300.348.6482.5
S. Castro 2B40100001.288.338.412.7502.0
B. Anderson 3B20000221.270.356.394.7501.0
L. Brinson CF40000025.206.247.361.608-1.0
A. Dean LF40100003.206.250.382.6321.0
P. O'Brien 1B40100021.111.111.222.3331.0
B. Holaday C40100021.201.257.245.5010.0
M. Sierra RF30000021.160.176.179.355-1.0
E. Hernandez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Guerra P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- I. Galloway PH10000011.238.347.429.776-0.5
W. Chen P10000000.139.139.167.3060.0
b- D. Dietrich PH10000001.266.332.428.7600.0
B. Graves P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Ortega RF20000011.265.312.314.626-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Guerra in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Chen in the 5th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Frazier 2B41200010.289.358.469.8273.5
S. Marte CF40110011.278.321.455.7762.5
J. Luplow LF30100000.204.283.426.7093.0
J. Bell 1B22111211.256.349.404.7538.5
J. Osuna 3B42200013.200.208.333.5414.5
N. Kingham P00000000.091.167.136.3030.0
P. Reyes RF30000112.222.300.333.6330.5
K. Newman SS40110022.128.209.154.3631.0
J. Stallings C40110002.200.238.200.4382.0
I. Nova P20000022.020.020.020.041-1.0
D. Neverauskas P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- C. Moran PH10000000.276.335.387.7220.0
K. Kramer 3B00000000.400.400.400.8000.0
Total3159413913-----
  • a-grounded out for Neverauskas in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Castro (30), P. O'Brien
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Rojas, S. Castro, L. Brinson, A. Dean 3 (3), P. O'Brien, R. Ortega
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Frazier (18), S. Marte (25), J. Luplow, J. Osuna (4)
  • HR - J. Bell (10)
  • RBI - S. Marte (64), J. Bell (57), K. Newman, J. Stallings
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Marte (31), J. Stallings
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Bell, J. Osuna 3 (3), I. Nova 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - A. Frazier
FIELDING
  • DP - (Chen-Castro-O'Brien)
  • E - L. Brinson 2 (9)
FIELDING
  • E - I. Nova (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Chen (L, 6-10)4.05332604.721.320.0
B. Graves2.02110115.081.523.5
E. Hernandez1.02111105.341.47-0.5
J. Guerra1.00000105.591.523.5
Total8.0955391---
PITCHERSIP
W. Chen (L, 6-10)4.0
B. Graves2.0
E. Hernandez1.0
J. Guerra1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
I. Nova (W, 8-9)6.03001904.171.2728.5
D. Neverauskas1.00000209.501.724.0
N. Kingham2.02112204.691.232.0
Total9.05113130---
PITCHERSIP
I. Nova (W, 8-9)6.0
D. Neverauskas1.0
N. Kingham2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - W. Chen (4)
  • HBP - E. Hernandez (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Chen 86-51, B. Graves 32-20, E. Hernandez 23-13, J. Guerra 11-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Chen 3-2, B. Graves 3-1, E. Hernandez 2-0, J. Guerra 1-1
  • Batters Faced - W. Chen 18, B. Graves 7, E. Hernandez 7, J. Guerra 3
PITCHING
  • WP - I. Nova (9), N. Kingham (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - I. Nova 90-59, D. Neverauskas 13-10, N. Kingham 52-30
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Nova 4-6, N. Kingham 1-3
  • Batters Faced - I. Nova 23, D. Neverauskas 3, N. Kingham 10
  • 8TH INNING
    Rojas scored, Castro to third, Anderson to second on wild pitch15
  • 7TH INNING
    Marte doubled to left center, Frazier scored, Marte to third on center fielder Brinson throwing error05
  • 6TH INNING
    Bell homered to center04
  • 4TH INNING
    Stallings singled to center, Bell and Osuna scored, Stallings to second on center fielder Brinson fielding error03
  • 2ND INNING
    Newman singled to center, Osuna scored, Reyes to second01
  • 9TH INNING
    • N. Kingham Pitching:
    • P. O'Brien: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, O'Brien doubled to deep left
    • B. Holaday: Foul, Strike swinging, Holaday popped out to second
    • Isaac Galloway hit for Javy Guerra
    • I. Galloway: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Galloway struck out swinging
    • R. Ortega: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Ortega struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Nick Kingham pitching
    • Kevin Kramer at third base
    • R. Ortega: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ortega grounded out to third
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Rojas walked
    • St. Castro: Ball, Castro doubled to deep right center, Rojas to third
    • Br. Anderson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Anderson walked
    • L. Brinson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Brinson flied out to left
    • A. Dean: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Rojas scored, Castro to third, Anderson to second on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Dean fouled out to first
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Javy Guerra relieved Elieser Hernandez
    • P. Reyes: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Reyes struck out on foul tip
    • K. Newman: Newman lined out to left
    • J. Stallings: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Stallings grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Dovydas Neverauskas relieved Ivan Nova
    • P. O'Brien: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, O'Brien struck out looking
    • B. Holaday: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Holaday struck out swinging
    • M. Sierra: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Sierra lined out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Rafael Ortega in right field
    • Elieser Hernandez pitching
    • J. Stallings: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Stallings grounded out to shortstop
    • Colin Moran hit for Dovydas Neverauskas
    • C. Moran: Ball, Moran grounded out to second
    • A. Frazier: Frazier singled to left
    • S. Marte: Ball, Marte doubled to left center, Frazier scored, Marte to third on center fielder Brinson throwing error
    • J. Luplow: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Luplow hit by pitch
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Bell walked, Luplow to second
    • J. Osuna: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Osuna struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 6TH INNING
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • St. Castro: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Castro safe at first on Nova fielding error
    • Br. Anderson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Brinson struck out swinging
    • A. Dean: Strike looking, Ball, Dean flied out to right
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • B. Graves Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bell homered to center
    • J. Osuna: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Osuna popped out to second
    • P. Reyes: Strike looking, Reyes grounded out to first
    • K. Newman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Newman struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • B. Holaday: Ball, Foul, Foul, Holaday singled to center
    • M. Sierra: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Sierra struck out swinging, Holaday to second on wild pitch
    • Derek Dietrich hit for Wei-Yin Chen
    • D. Dietrich: Dietrich flied out to left
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rojas struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Brett Graves pitching
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Frazier doubled to deep right center
    • S. Marte: Ball, Foul, Marte grounded out to third
    • J. Luplow: Strike looking, Ball, Frazier picked off at second, pitcher to second, Foul, Ball, Luplow grounded out to first
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • Br. Anderson: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • L. Brinson: Ball, Foul, Brinson grounded out to third
    • A. Dean: Ball, Ball, Foul, Dean singled to right
    • P. O'Brien: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, O'Brien struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Bell walked
    • J. Osuna: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Osuna singled to right, Bell to second
    • P. Reyes: Ball, Foul, Reyes fouled out to catcher
    • K. Newman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Newman struck out swinging
    • J. Stallings: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Stallings singled to center, Bell and Osuna scored, Stallings to second on center fielder Brinson fielding error
    • I. Nova: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Stallings to third on wild pitch, Foul tip, Nova struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 3RD INNING
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • M. Sierra: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sierra struck out swinging
    • W. Chen: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Chen grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Rojas singled to center
    • St. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Castro grounded into fielder's choice to third, Rojas out at second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Foul, Ball, Frazier grounded out to first
    • S. Marte: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Marte flied out to deep left
    • J. Luplow: Strike looking, Ball, Luplow grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • A. Dean: Ball, Dean lined out to right
    • P. O'Brien: O'Brien flied out to center
    • B. Holaday: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Holaday struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • J. Osuna: Ball, Foul, Osuna doubled to deep right
    • P. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reyes walked
    • K. Newman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Newman singled to center, Osuna scored, Reyes to second
    • J. Stallings: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Stallings grounded out to second, Reyes to third, Newman out at second
    • I. Nova: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Nova struck out looking
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Rojas lined out to left
    • St. Castro: Ball, Foul, Ball, Castro flied out to center
    • Br. Anderson: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Anderson walked
    • L. Brinson: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Brinson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
    • S. Marte: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Marte struck out looking
    • J. Luplow: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Luplow doubled to deep left
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)