A night after scoring 10 runs and churning out 14 hits, the Pittsburgh Pirates were limited to just one run on five hits, as the Miami Marlins grinded past the Bucs 3-1 behind another strong performance from Jose Fernandez.
Fernandez tossed seven scoreless innings, struck out six, and gave up just three hits, as he became the first Marlins pitcher to win seven consecutive starts since former Pirate A.J Burnett accomplished the feat in 2005. Fernandez has not lost a start since April 23.
Gerrit Cole pitched 6+ innings, allowing nine hits and three runs, as his record falls to 5-4. After a strong performance Monday night, the Pirates struggled to get the bats going on Tuesday. The Bucs managed only five hits, all singles, and the lone run came in the ninth inning off of a Gregory Polanco sacrifice fly scoring pinch-hitter Matt Joyce.
Second baseman Josh Harrison was the only Pirate with more than one hit as his batting averaged improved to .329.
Pittsburgh looks to bounce back in game three of the four-game set on Wednesday night as left-handers Jonathon Niese (5-2, 4.42 ERA) and Adam Conley (3-3, 4.15 ERA) take the mound. First pitch is slated for 7:10 PM.