Pittsburgh (8-9) entered this three-game set with the third-best road record in baseball at 7-3, but was stifled by Josh Johnson(notes). The Marlins ace allowed two hits in seven scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 1.00, and also drove in the first two runs in Tuesday’s 6-0 victory.
“We’ve done a pretty good job of coming back and playing hard the next day trying to scratch out a win,” center fielder Andrew McCutchen(notes) said. “We’ll shake this off and put a new pair of clothes on and get ready.”
That may be a tall order. Nolasco (1-0, 4.05 ERA) has been dominant in his last two outings against the Pirates, yielding eight hits and striking out 21 over the 14 innings. He has also allowed eight hits in 18 career scoreless innings at home against them.
The right-hander turned in two solid efforts before he gave up five runs over five innings Thursday, and did not get a decision in a 6-5 victory at Atlanta.
Ramirez went 0 for 2 with two walks to drop his average to .234. Stanton was dropped from cleanup to No. 6 in the order, and had a double in three at-bats to raise his average to .206.
“I’ve just got to get going a little bit,” Stanton told the Marlins’ official website.
Left fielder Logan Morrison(notes) left the game in the fifth inning with a strained arch in his left foot. He wore a boot afterward but said he hopes to be back in the lineup within a couple of days.
The second-year player is batting .359 with two homers and seven RBIs in a 10-game hitting streak that has matched his career best.
Morton recorded his second career complete game with a five-hitter in Friday’s 6-1 victory at Cincinnati. After going 0-8 with a 9.00 ERA in 11 road starts in 2010, Morton is 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA in two this season.
The Pirates have captured their first three road series for the first time since 2002, as they try to avoid dropping their first. Slumping third baseman Pedro Alvarez(notes) went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts Tuesday after he rested the previous night.