MIAMI – Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said before Tuesday night’s game, “You’re not going to beat a good pitcher with his good stuff.”
Unfortunately for the Pirates, Marlins ace Jose Fernandez had his good stuff.
Fernandez pitched seven scoreless innings to help the Miami Marlins beat Gerrit Cole and the Pirates 3-1.
“Jose was really good again today,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “I think we see every time out. It’s almost like he’s getting better every time.”
Miami’s Ichiro Suzuki had two hits to tie Sam Crawford for 31st on MLB’s all-time hit list with 2,963. Ichiro scored the tiebreaking run on Christian Yelich’s RBI single in the seventh.
Fernandez (8-2) struck out six and gave up three hits while throwing 62 of 88 pitches for strikes. His curveball was particularly effective.
“Oh my gosh, get behind home plate and watch it,” Hurdle said. “It’s almost like a Wiffle ball breaking ball. Then he throws the fastball at 98 and you’ve got to guess to hit that.”
Fernandez, who improved to 22-1 at home and lowered his season ERA to 2.53, exited after the seventh inning with the Marlins leading 3-0.
“He didn’t want to come out,” Mattingly said. “He wants to pitch the whole game every game and he was at a pitch count tonight where you’re comfortable letting him go out. . . . He probably could have finished that game tonight, but he’s also a kid we’re still on the pitching plan in a sense with him through the course of the season and you’re still trying to work the whole season to keep him available the whole year.”
Dodgers 5, Cubs 0
In Chicago, Scott Kazmir and two relievers combined on a one-hitter, matching zeros with Cubs ace Jake Arrieta before Los Angeles got to the Cubs bullpen for a victory.
Arrieta went seven scoreless innings but was denied his 21st consecutive victory. The Cubs had won in Arrieta’s last 23 starts.
Cardinals 10, Brewers 3
In Milwaukee, Matt Carpenter scored four times and drove in two runs.
Rockies 17, Reds 4
In Denver, Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon each hit two of Colorado’s team record-tying seven homers.
Giants 4, Braves 0
In Atlanta, Jake Peavy faced the minimum 21 batters through seven innings and Denard Span drove in two runs.
Nationals 5, Phillies 1
In Philadelphia, Daniel Murphy hit one of four Washington home runs.
Astros 8, Diamondbacks 5
In Phoenix, George Springer finished a triple shy of the cycle and had four RBIs.
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