Nova only needed 38 pitches to get through the first five innings, facing the minimum number of Diamondbacks and retiring 10 on three pitches or less. He ran into trouble in his last two frames, surrendering three runs on five hits.
Overall, he allowed six hits in seven innings, walking one and striking out three.
Nova said he was missing location at the end of the night, but the third time through the order has been problematic for Ivan Nova all year, regardless of pitch count. After Tuesday’s game, batters have a line of .341/.355/.550 against him the third time around.
Clint Hurdle said the ball started to elevate on Nova later in the outing, but he was facetious on whether it was cause for concern.
“They scored a run on him in the sixth. Can you believe it?” Hurdle said. “And then they scored two more in the seventh. What are we going to do with him?”
HOW THEY SCORED:
Chris Owings doubled home Rey Fuentes with two outs in the sixth to make it 1-0 Arizona. Brandon Drury legged out an RBI infield single in the seventh before Fuentes added a run scoring groundout later in the frame.
MOMENT THAT MATTERED:
The Pirates had a chance to jump on the board in the fourth after center fielder Fuentes lost Josh Harrison’s popup, resulting in a double. Harrison moved to third on a groundout by Josh Bell, but David Freese and Francisco Cervelli struck out and stranded him.
TOE THE RUBBER:
Daniel Hudson and Wade LeBlanc each tossed a scoreless inning in place of Nova. Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray threw a complete game shutout to improve to 5-3 on the year.
LINE OF THE NIGHT:
Robbie Ray: W, CG, 4 H, 10 K
Chad Kuhl (1-5, 6.29) will face Zack Godley (1-1, 1.99) in the rubber match of the series Wednesday at 12:35 p.m..
1. Nova’s sixth inning single snapped an 0-28 hitless streak.
2. The loss ends the Pirates’ six game home winning streak over the Diamondbacks.
3. The Pirates are now 10-16 when they are errorless. When they commit at least one error, they are 14-13.