The Indians won the Pirates 2-1 on Sunday afternoon.
Pittsburgh — Josh Naylor failed Pittsburgh’s strategy with an RBI single in the seventh inning, helping the Cleveland Indians beat the Pirates 2-1 on Sunday.
Cleveland has avoided a three-game sweep by Pirates, who lost 10 games in a row. Indians beat 7 out of 10.
Left-handed Naylor sent the first pitch from left-handed relief Chase Shreeve to the right, driving Eddie Rosario to defeat a one-on-one tie.
The hit came after Pirates manager Derek Shelton overtook starter JT Brubaker (4-6) in 7th place. The right-handed bullbaker threw only 76 balls, gave up three hits, and tied his career high with nine strikeouts.
The first hit, Naylor, hit .189 against left-handed and .277 against right-handed.
James Karinchak beat Colin Moran and stranded Kevin Newman in second place in the ninth inning with his eighth save. Karinchak allowed Bryan Reynolds to hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning of a 6-3 defeat on Saturday.
Pirates had one runner in 1st, 3rd and 7th place, but Trevor Stephan jumped out of Gregory Polanco and Adam Frazier.
Bullbaker retired the first 13 batters until Harold Ramirez hit the left fielder with a drive, raising the Indians to 1-0 and hitting a fifth. Ramirez returned twice on Saturday.
Jacob Stallings drew 1: 1 with a two-out single from Phil Maton (2-0) in 6th place.
Maton hit the side of the inning, but allowed three hits to save Sam Hentges. Sam Hentges gave up two hits with four strikeouts in five innings.
It was Hentges’ first start since he gave up four runs in the 21/3 innings against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 30th. Since then, he has made three rescue appearances.
Reynolds scored the only hit on both teams in four innings, doubling the first Hentges. Reynolds sent a group to the field on the right, where Caesar Hernandez dropped an attempt over the shoulder.
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Cleveland Indians defeat Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1
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