Nathan Eovaldi threw his second complete game in his last five starts as the Texas Rangers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates by a 6-1 score at PNC Park on Tuesday night.
A day after tallying six runs on their way to a much-needed victory, the Bucs struggled to get much of anything going against Eovaldi, who improved to 6-2 on the season. He gave up one run on six hits and a walk, lowering his ERA to 2.60 for the season.
Rich Hill was the losing pitcher tonight, falling to 4-4 on the season after giving up five runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings on the mound.
The Rangers scored a pair of runs in the first inning to gain an early lead, which would end up being all they would need to come away with the victory. Corey Seager’s single scored Marcus Semien to make it 1-0. Seager later scored on a balk to make it 2-0.
Pittsburgh cut the Rangers’ lead in half in the bottom of the third inning. Bryan Reynolds’ double scored Andrew McCutchen, who had two hits and a walk, to make it 2-1. Unfortunately, that would be the only run the Bucs would score in the game.
From then on, it was the Josh Jung show which opened the game up a bit in the latter innings. Jung’s single in the sixth scored two runs, and he later scored on another balk to make it 5-1. Then in the eighth inning, Jung hit his 11th homerun of the season, a solo shot to left field, to make it 6-1.
This was a disappointing follow-up to last night’s victory for the Pirates. The offensive struggles returned tonight, albeit against a pitcher who is at the top of his game at the moment. Even with the loss tonight, the Bucs still have a chance to win the series before they hit the road for a west-coast road trip this weekend. Martin Perez will be on the mound for Texas against Johan Oviedo for Pittsburgh. First pitch is scheduled for 12:35pm.
Record vs. Rangers: 1-1
Record vs. American League: 9-13
Record at Home: 12-12
Overall Record: 25-23
Let’s Go Bucs!