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Marte lead Pirates to 2-0 victory over Nationals


Starling Marte did not start any of the first three games of July because Pirates manager Clint Hurdle felt his slumping center fielder needed a cheap jerseys mental break.

The strategy worked, even if Marte still doesn’t agree with it.

Marte hit a two-run home run and Trevor Williams combined with four relievers on a five-hitter as Pittsburgh beat the Washington Nationals 2-0 on Wednesday.

Marte homered to deep center field, his 11th, with two outs in the third off Gio Gonzalez after Jordy Mercer led off the inning with the first of his two doubles. That was enough to give the Pirates just their third win in nine games.

Since returning to the lineup, Marte has a least a hit in all seven games, going 12 for 26 (.462).

Personally, I don’t think it’s to my benefit to have days off, Marte said through a translator. I like to play every day, but I do realize there are pros to having days off and I’ve been reaping the benefits of it over the last week.

It gave him some time to work of his (hitting) approach and iron some things out, Hurdle said. He hit the reset button, got a fresh start.

Williams (7-7) won for just the https://www.cheapdiscountjerseys.us.com/ second time in his past 10 starts, giving up four hits with three strikeouts and three walks. He is 2-5 with a 6.26 ERA in that span after going 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA in his first nine outings.

Consistency is the name of the game, first-year manager Dave Martinez said. The one day we hit, we score a lot. One day, we don’t.

Richard Rodriguez, Edgar Santana, Kyle Crick and Felipe Vazquez followed Williams with one scoreless inning each. Vazquez earned his 20th save in 24 opportunities.

I thought (Williams) probably had one more inning in him, but I liked the matchups with our bullpen and thought that was the best way to win the game, Hurdle said.

A new shipment of bats was in the clubhouse when Nationals CF Bryce Harper arrived at the ballpark, a day after striking out four times in a 5-1 loss on Tuesday.

Enyel De Los Santos was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday night after throwing 6⅓ effective innings to earn a win over the Mets in his major league debut. The 22-year-old prospect is eligible to play for the World Team in Sunday’s All-Star Futures Game.

The right-hander became the second major leaguer to post seven consecutive quality starts with eight-or-more strikeouts and no homers allowed, according to the Indians. Pedro Martinez holds the record with eight in 2002.

Bauer was a handful for us and we ended up scoring all of our runs when he exited the game, Votto said. There is a reason why he’s an All-Star and there is a reason why he is fastly becoming one of the better pitchers, if not one of the best pitchers in the game.

Former Cleveland reliever Kyle Crockett (1-0) netted the final two outs in the eighth after righty Sal Romano went the first 7 1/3 innings. Raisel Iglesias worked the ninth for his second save in two nights and his 19th of the season.

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