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Marte’s homer wins it for Bucs

The Associated Press DETROIT — Starling Marte dropped down a sacrifice bunt in the fifth inning of Pittsburgh’s game against Detroit. Not exactly the norm for the slugging outfielder — but a sign of how much he’s struggled early this season. Later, with the score tied in the 10th, ...

Vazquez escapes jam to seal win

WASHINGTON — Faced with the based loaded, two outs and one of baseball’s hottest hitters at the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning, there was nowhere Felipe Vazquez wanted to be more than on the mound at Nationals Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates relief ace then coaxed a flyball from ...

’Pen lets Bucs down again

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Howie Kendrick is quickly making up for lost time. Limited to only five games last season because of a torn Achilles and slowed this spring by a hamstring injury, the 35-year-old Kendrick is off to a fast start for the Washington Nationals. He’s 6 for ...

Bucs win on Moran homer

On deck Today: Pittsburgh at Washington, 4:05 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates RHP Chris Archer (1-0) vs. Nationals RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-1) TV: AT&T SportsNet The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Colin Moran had a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the 10th inning and the Pittsburgh ...

Musgrove outing is wasted

The Associated Press CHICAGO — Jose Quintana struck out 11 in seven innings of four-hit ball and the Chicago Cubs blanked the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 on Thursday night. Daniel Descalso and Victor Caratini each had two hits and an RBI in a game that was delayed 69 minutes by rain before the ...

Lyles gives Bucs a lift

CHICAGO — Jordan Lyles struck out 10 in crisp six innings to tie a career high, Francisco Cervelli and Starling Marte homered off Yu Darvish, and the Pittsburgh Pirates topped the Chicago Cubs, 5-2, on Wednesday night. Lyles (1-0) allowed three hits and was sharp again in his second start, ...