Thursday, 24 May, 2018


Williams helps Pirates shut out struggling Sox

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BC-BBN-Pirates-Marte, 81Starling Marte removed from Pirates gameEds: AP NewsNowPirates centerfielder Starling Marte was removed after the first inning of Tuesday night's game against the Chicago White Sox. Williams has just a 35/20 K/BB ratio over 53 innings this season, but he's now won five games and will carry a 2.72 ERA and 1.13 WHIP into Sunday's outing against the Padres at home. May. Both have been among the Pirates best hitters to start the season, with both batting over.300.

Pittsburgh built its 4-0 first-inning lead on Adam Frazier's homer, Josh Bell's two-run double and Colin Moran's RBI double.

Lopez gave up six runs and seven hits with two walks in two-plus innings.

Chicago did not get a boost from the return of leadoff man Yoan Moncada, who was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list after recovering from a tight left hamstring. He had been out since May 4.

Marte was lifted immediately in favor of Sean Rodríguez, with the Pirates announcing that Marte was suffering from discomfort in his right side.

Marte slapped a double and eventually came around to score in the Pirates' four-run first inning. Catcher Francisco Cervelli left the game at the end of the third inning with right forearm discomfort.

The Pirates jumped all over Lopez (0-3) after he had held them to two runs in 7 1/3 innings the last time out. He'll be replacing righty Carson Fulmer, whose scheduled start was pushed back to Saturday. As for Taillon, he left his last start due to a finger laceration but seems to be okay.

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