Cole shuts down Nationals as Pirates roll to 6-1 win


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Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole dealt seven innings of one-run ball as the Pirates beat the Washington Nationals 6-1 on Wednesday night. Their victory also evened their 3 game series at a game each.

The Washington Nationals and Pittsburgh Pirates meet Wednesday in Major League Baseball action at PNC Park. It was the type of night and type of game that the Pirates have not had enough of this season.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Gerrit Cole spent the last six weeks stringing together dominant performance after dominant performance with little to show for it, thanks to a Pittsburgh Pirates offense that always seemed to sputter whenever their ace's turn in the rotation came up.

The key for Cole was not trying to do too much against the high-powered Washington offense.

Of course, the bullpen doesn't have to be in the game in the sixth or seventh inning. John Jaso walked leading off the sixth and Turner hit David Freese with one out. Dickerson hit solo home runs in the third and fifth off Danny Salazar (2-4). Their team is in the bottom five in the league in runs scored, batting average, and home runs.

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Yankees 7, Royals 1 • Gary Sanchez hit a three-run homer, Chris Carter added a two-run shot and CC Sabathia got back on track at Kansas City.

Jacob Turner surrendered three runs on four hits in 5 1/3 innings of work during a loss to the Pirates on Wednesday. After going 1-3 with a 3.60 ERA in five April starts, Cole is 1-1 with a 2.00 ERA in four starts while striking out 23 in 27 innings and holding hitters to a.181 batting average. This lowered his ERA on the season to 2.84 and his FIP to 3.50.

Cole has been nothing short of fantastic in his last four starts. The Nationals have not released a starting pitcher by the time this article was posted.

His favorite ballpark for power, besides Nationals Park, is CitizensBank Park in Philadelphia, where he has 12 home runs in 38 career games. Andrew McCutchen went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and also stole two bases for Pittsburgh. Ortiz was promoted to replace Gregory Polanco on the active roster on Wednesday, and he drew a walk in his first career plate appearance.

Harper sent a laser to the last row of seats in right field in the top of the ninth for his 13th home run to give Washington's erratic bullpen a little extra breathing room in an 8-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Rivero continued his dominant season needing just 8 pitches to retire the Nationals in order. He has gone over 100 pitches in seven of his eight starts, but just once did he throw seven full innings - which is his high for the year.

Roark is 3-1 and has a 3.88 ERA, so he is certainly has enjoyed a measure of success, but it has come with a high pitch count. If the Pirates and Tyler Glasnow (a big if himself) can wait out Tanner Roark on Thursday afternoon, they'll have a nice shot at taking this series.