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Bucs' bats keep rolling with 7-0 win over White Sox

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The Pirates coasted to a 7-0 win over the Chicago White Sox Tuesday, but they are now holding their breath on the fate of catcher Francisco Cervelli and outfielder Starling Marte, who both left early with injury.

Marte was removed with what the club described as “right side discomfort” after the first inning. The injury presumably happened either legging out his double or coming home on the following hit. Cervelli was removed after the third inning after getting hit by a pitch in the right forearm. He ran the bases after being plunked, but did not come back out to catch.

Clint Hurdle had no updates on either player after the game, saying there may be new information available Wednesday.

Cervelli quelled some fears after the game, saying that the concern was potentially throwing the ball, adding that he will be fine. Marte was not available for comment.

Here’s What Happened

The Pirates struck early and often, scoring three runs in the first seven pitches of Reynaldo Lopez’s evening, coming on an Adam Frazier leadoff home run and a Josh Bell two run double. Colin Moran, Sean Rodriguez and Bell again also tagged Lopez (0-3) for run scoring extra-base hits before chasing him in the third. He finished the day with 2+ IP, seven hits and two walks allowed.

The Pirates added another run in the sixth on an RBI double by Gregory Polanco.

Pirates’ starter Trevor Williams mowed through Chicago’s lineup, going seven shutout innings, allowing just six hits with no walks. He struck out six, threw 20 first pitch strikes to his 27 batters faced and retired 10 on three pitches or less. He improves to 5-2 on the year.

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This was the second time in seven days that Lopez and Williams squared off, duplicating the pitching marquee from May 9 in Chicago.

The Pirates won that game 6-5, but Lopez gave the Pirates trouble all game, tossing seven innings of two run ball.

“No. 1, familiarity helped,” Hurdle said on the difference the second time around. “No. 2, he left some balls elevated over the plate, probably more so than last time. I don’t think his sequences were as crisp. We didn’t miss pitches. And then once it started the way it did, I think our confidence jumped.”

Williams fared much better than his first outing against the South Siders. He was tagged for four runs and seven hits in his outing on the ninth, and while he felt he still gave up some long fly balls, PNC Park did a better job holding them.

"I thought we did our homework well last time," Williams said. "I thought it was just two pitches that left the yard. If we were playing at their yard today, some would have left the yard, as well."

On Deck

Jameson Taillon (2-3, 4.08) will square off against Carson Fulmer (2-3, 6.23) Wednesday at 12:35 p.m. to conclude the abbreviated two game series.

NUMB3RS

1. This is the first time Bell has recorded multiple extra-base hits in a game since Aug. 9, 2017.

2. The Pirates have won 25 of their last 34 games against the AL Central, dating back to June 15, 2015.

3. The Pirates are hitting .277 (182-657) as a team with 27 home runs over their last 19 games.

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