Volquez delivers gem for Pirates, pitches seven shutout innings
Edinson Volquez pitched one-hit ball for seven innings, Gregory Polanco drove in four runs and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Miami Marlins, 7-2, on Thursday night.
Marlins reliever Dan Jennings was hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Jordy Mercer in the seventh. Manager Mike Redmond said Jennings had his eyes open and was responding to questions as he was taken to a hospital.
Jennings momentarily stumbled before going to his knees after the play. He stood up to get in a cart and held up a hand to acknowledge the crowd as he was driven off the field.
Volquez (9-7) didn’t allow a hit until the fifth, when Donovan Solano singled with one out.
Volquez struck out seven batters and walked three.
Rookie Brian Flynn (0-1) was chased before he got an out in the fifth.
Mercer’s leadoff double started a three-run fourth. Polanco’s two-run single made it 3-0.
Mercer and Gaby Sanchez added RBI singles in the fifth. Mercer finished with three hits and scored twice and Josh Harrison extended his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games.
Polanco hit a two-run double in the eighth.
Giancarlo Stanton hit his 27th homer of the season, a two-run drive in the Miami ninth.
Marlins: 1B John Baker was held out of the game after fouling a ball off his foot Wednesday night.
Pirates: Center fielder Andrew McCutchen (rib) missed his third straight game. Manager Clint Hurdle said the reigning MVP is adding to his recovery routine but it is still a “wait-and-see” situation as to whether he will go on the disabled list or not. ... Second baseman Neil Walker (back) was out for the fourth time in five games. ... Infielder Clint Barmes (groin) is nearing a return, with baserunning being the only obstacle in the way of a plan to come off the 15-day DL.
Marlins: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (5-6, 4.22 ERA) starts for the Marlins against RHP Mike Leake (9-9, 3,46 ERA) tonight as Miami continues its six-game road trip in Cincinnati. Eovaldi makes his second career start against the Reds. He pitched seven innings and allowed a run on two hits in Miami’s extra-inning win Saturday.
Pirates: Pittsburgh opens a three-game set with San Diego at home as RHP Vance Worley (4-1, 2.43 ERA) faces RHP Ian Kennedy (8-9, 3.59 ERA). Worley has allowed just one run in his last two starts, which include his first career shutout coming July 28 in San Francisco.