Martin hits RBI double in 9th, Pirates stop Nationals 4-3

WASHINGTON (AP) Faced with the based loaded, two outs and one of baseball's hottest hitters at the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning, there was nowhere Felipe Vazquez wanted to be more than on the mound at Nationals Park.

The Pittsburgh Pirates relief ace then coaxed a flyball from Anthony Rendon to cap a two-inning outing Sunday and preserve a 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals.

''I like that excitement,'' Vazquez said. ''He's a good hitter right now and he's been hitting the ball everywhere. For me, that's a challenge. I take every hitter like him as a challenge.''

Rookie Jason Martin's ground-rule double in the ninth inning off Wander Suero (1-1) scored Josh Bell to provide the go-ahead run for the Pirates.

''I was trying to locate it a little differently,'' Suero said of the curveball Martin hit. ''I was trying to get it on the dirt for him to chase it. Unfortunately, I hung it just a little bit and he made contact.''

That set up Vazquez (1-0), who pitched a scoreless eighth, to finish out the victory. He loaded the bases on a single, a walk and Adam Eaton's bunt single with one out, but struck out Howie Kendrick.

That brought up Rendon, who is hitting .400 with six homers in 55 at-bats. On the sixth pitch, Rendon lofted a fly to center to end the game and secure Pittsburgh's first series victory at Nationals Park since 2013.

''I made my own jam, so I had to get out and I worked my way through,'' Vazquez said.

Vazquez, who pitched parts of two seasons for Washington before he was dealt to Pittsburgh in 2016, blossomed into an All-Star last year. He has yet to allow a run in 8 2/3 innings this season.

''The guy is incredibly talented,'' Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. ''When you see him at 100 on his 42nd pitch, and basically you saw the velocity trend up throughout the outing.''

''Just the focus, that competitive spirit, and you're going against a guy with a 10-game streak of extra base hits and he got a hit earlier and the bases are loaded. It's all good stuff, and he loves those situations,'' he said.

Washington starter Max Scherzer allowed three runs and seven hits while working a season-high eight innings. He struck out seven. He gave way to Suero, who walked Bell to lead off the ninth and moved to second on Colin Moran's grounder.

With two outs, Martin hit a ground-rule double to left for his second major league RBI.

''He got some big outs and then he just couldn't finish that last pitch,'' Washington manager Dave Martinez said.

The inning compounded Washington's early-season relief woes. The Nationals entered the day with the worst bullpen ERA in the majors and it rose to 7.75.

Pittsburgh starter Jameson Taillon gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings.

Rendon extended his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games with a single in the sixth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: OF Gregory Polanco (left shoulder) had two hits and drove in two runs Saturday in his first rehabilitation appearance at Triple-A Indianapolis. ... RHP Dovydas Neverauskas (oblique strain) had two strikeouts in a scoreless inning Saturday for Indianapolis. He's thrown three scoreless innings during three rehab appearances at Indianapolis and Class A Bradenton.

Nationals: Martinez said 1B Matt Adams, who twisted his ankle Saturday while stepping on Pittsburgh RHP Chris Archer's foot, was available to play Sunday.

ARCHER DROPS APPEAL

Archer dropped his appeal and began serving a five-game suspension for setting off a benches-clearing altercation on April 7. Archer threw a fastball behind Cincinnati's Derek Dietrich, who had stood and watched a long home run in his previous at-bat. Archer, who pitched seven innings Saturday against Washington, will make his next start April 21 at home against San Francisco.

UP NEXT

Pirates: Pittsburgh has Monday off. It begins a two-game series at Detroit on Tuesday as RHP Joe Musgrove (1-0, 0.00 ERA) starts against the Tigers for the first time.

Nationals: After an off day Monday, RHP Stephen Strasburg (1-0, 5.40) starts Tuesday as Washington begins a three-game series at home against San Francisco.

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  • W: F. Vazquez (1-0)L: W. Suero (1-1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Frazier 2B32200101.296.377.426.8036.0
S. Marte CF40000024.211.250.368.618-1.0
F. Cervelli C40000013.196.275.261.535-0.5
J. Bell 1B32220110.314.390.6271.0178.5
C. Moran 3B40210001.308.400.6151.0153.0
M. Cabrera RF40000012.390.405.537.941-0.5
P. Reyes RF00000000.053.143.053.1950.0
J. Martin LF40110020.353.389.471.8592.0
E. Gonzalez SS30000110.214.313.310.6220.5
J. Taillon P20100000.143.143.143.2861.0
N. Burdi P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-grounded out for Burdi in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Eaton RF42200102.300.382.383.7667.0
H. Kendrick 2B51210013.533.6001.1331.7334.5
A. Rendon 3B40110105.400.460.8731.3333.0
J. Soto LF40110013.250.371.442.8131.5
R. Zimmerman 1B40100013.205.321.295.6160.5
Y. Gomes C40000013.237.275.368.643-0.5
W. Difo SS30100010.184.262.263.5250.5
a- V. Robles PH10100000.283.353.609.9621.0
M. Scherzer P30100011.182.182.182.3640.5
W. Suero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- B. Dozier PH10000011.159.213.227.440-0.5
M. Taylor CF30100111.250.500.250.7501.5
  • a-singled for Difo in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Suero in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Frazier (4), J. Bell 2 (5), J. Martin (2)
  • RBI - J. Bell 2 (12), C. Moran (8), J. Martin (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Bell 2 (4), C. Moran (3), J. Martin (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Cervelli (10), F. Vazquez
BATTING
  • 2B - H. Kendrick (3)
  • RBI - H. Kendrick (5), A. Rendon (17), J. Soto (10)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Soto (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rendon 2 (5), R. Zimmerman (4), Y. Gomes 2 (6)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Eaton (3)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - M. Taylor
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Taillon6.07331403.431.1412.0
N. Burdi1.01000104.051.052.5
F. Vazquez (W, 1-0)2.03002300.001.279.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Taillon6.0
N. Burdi1.0
F. Vazquez (W, 1-0)2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer8.07331703.331.0719.5
W. Suero (L, 1-1)1.01112106.751.20-5.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer8.0
W. Suero (L, 1-1)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 80-54, N. Burdi 20-14, F. Vazquez 43-24
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 11-4, N. Burdi 1-1, F. Vazquez 2-3
  • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 24, N. Burdi 4, F. Vazquez 11
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 98-71, W. Suero 23-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 14-4, W. Suero 2-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 30, W. Suero 6
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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S. Marte CF40000024.211.250.368.618-1.0
F. Cervelli C40000013.196.275.261.535-0.5
J. Bell 1B32220110.314.390.6271.0178.5
C. Moran 3B40210001.308.400.6151.0153.0
M. Cabrera RF40000012.390.405.537.941-0.5
P. Reyes RF00000000.053.143.053.1950.0
J. Martin LF40110020.353.389.471.8592.0
E. Gonzalez SS30000110.214.313.310.6220.5
J. Taillon P20100000.143.143.143.2861.0
N. Burdi P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-grounded out for Burdi in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Eaton RF42200102.300.382.383.7667.0
H. Kendrick 2B51210013.533.6001.1331.7334.5
A. Rendon 3B40110105.400.460.8731.3333.0
J. Soto LF40110013.250.371.442.8131.5
R. Zimmerman 1B40100013.205.321.295.6160.5
Y. Gomes C40000013.237.275.368.643-0.5
W. Difo SS30100010.184.262.263.5250.5
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M. Scherzer P30100011.182.182.182.3640.5
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  • a-singled for Difo in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Suero in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Frazier (4), J. Bell 2 (5), J. Martin (2)
  • RBI - J. Bell 2 (12), C. Moran (8), J. Martin (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Bell 2 (4), C. Moran (3), J. Martin (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Cervelli (10), F. Vazquez
BATTING
  • 2B - H. Kendrick (3)
  • RBI - H. Kendrick (5), A. Rendon (17), J. Soto (10)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Soto (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rendon 2 (5), R. Zimmerman (4), Y. Gomes 2 (6)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Eaton (3)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - M. Taylor
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Taillon6.07331403.431.1412.0
N. Burdi1.01000104.051.052.5
F. Vazquez (W, 1-0)2.03002300.001.279.5
Total9.01133380---
PITCHERSIP
J. Taillon6.0
N. Burdi1.0
F. Vazquez (W, 1-0)2.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer8.07331703.331.0719.5
W. Suero (L, 1-1)1.01112106.751.20-5.5
Total9.0844380---
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer8.0
W. Suero (L, 1-1)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 80-54, N. Burdi 20-14, F. Vazquez 43-24
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 11-4, N. Burdi 1-1, F. Vazquez 2-3
  • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 24, N. Burdi 4, F. Vazquez 11
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 98-71, W. Suero 23-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 14-4, W. Suero 2-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 30, W. Suero 6
  • 9TH INNING
    Martin doubled to left center, Bell scored43
  • 3RD INNING
    Soto singled to center, Kendrick scored33
    Rendon grounded out to third, Eaton scored, Kendrick to second32
    Bell doubled to deep right, Frazier scored31
  • 1ST INNING
    Kendrick doubled to left center, Eaton scored21
    Moran singled to right, Bell scored20
    Bell doubled to deep right, Frazier scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Wander Suero relieved Max Scherzer
    • J. Bell: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bell walked
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Moran grounded out to second, Bell to second
    • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
    • J. Martin: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Martin doubled to left center, Bell scored
    • E. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez intentionally walked
    • F. Vazquez: Vazquez grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Gonzalez out at second
    • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Pablo Reyes in right field
    • Victor Robles hit for Wilmer Difo
    • V. Robles: Ball, Robles singled to left center
    • Brian Dozier hit for Wander Suero
    • B. Dozier: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Taylor walked, Robles to second
    • A. Eaton: Eaton reached on bunt single to shortstop, Robles to third, Taylor to second
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Kendrick struck out looking
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Rendon flied out to center
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • J.B. Shuck hit for Nick Burdi
    • J. Shuck: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Shuck grounded out to pitcher
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Frazier doubled to deep left
    • S. Marte: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Marte grounded out to third, Frazier to third
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Cervelli grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Felipe Vazquez pitching
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Kendrick grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rendon walked
    • J. Soto: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Soto struck out looking
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Zimmerman singled to right, Rendon to third
    • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Gomes flied out to deep center
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to first
    • J. Martin: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Martin struck out looking
    • E. Gonzalez: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Nick Burdi relieved Jameson Taillon
    • W. Difo: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Difo grounded out to first
    • M. Scherzer: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Scherzer singled to center
    • M. Taylor: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Eaton flied out to center
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Cervelli struck out swinging
    • J. Bell: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Bell struck out looking
    • C. Moran: Ball, Moran flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Strike looking, Rendon singled to deep right
    • J. Soto: Soto grounded out to pitcher, Rendon to second
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Zimmerman grounded out to shortstop, Rendon to third
    • Y. Gomes: Strike swinging, Gomes grounded out to third
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • J. Taillon: Strike looking, Taillon singled to deep center
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Frazier reached on fielder's choice to first, Taillon out at second
    • S. Marte: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Marte grounded out to second, Frazier out at second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Taylor singled to center
    • A. Eaton: Eaton grounded out to second, Taylor out at second
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Kendrick grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Cabrera flied out to shallow left
    • J. Martin: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
    • E. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Gomes struck out looking
    • W. Difo: Difo singled to right
    • M. Scherzer: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Scherzer grounded bunt out to shortstop, Difo out at second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Frazier walked
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
    • F. Cervelli: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Cervelli grounded out to pitcher, Frazier to second
    • J. Bell: Bell doubled to deep right, Frazier scored
    • C. Moran: Moran singled to center, Bell out at home
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Ball, Taylor flied out to center
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Eaton walked
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Kendrick singled to right, Eaton to third
    • A. Rendon: Rendon grounded out to third, Eaton scored, Kendrick to second
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Soto singled to center, Kendrick scored
    • R. Zimmerman: Zimmerman flied out to right
    • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • J. Martin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Martin grounded out to shortstop
    • E. Gonzalez: Gonzalez grounded out to third
    • J. Taillon: Ball, Strike looking, Taillon flied out to right
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gomes flied out to deep right
    • W. Difo: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Difo struck out looking
    • M. Scherzer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Scherzer struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Foul, Frazier singled to right
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
    • F. Cervelli: Foul, Cervelli grounded out to third, Frazier to second
    • J. Bell: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Bell doubled to deep right, Frazier scored
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Ball, Moran singled to right, Bell scored
    • M. Cabrera: Cabrera flied out to left
    • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Ball, Eaton singled to right
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Eaton stole second, Foul, Kendrick doubled to left center, Eaton scored
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Strike looking, Rendon flied out to deep right, Kendrick to third
    • J. Soto: Soto grounded out to first
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Zimmerman struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)