PITTSBURG (AP) – Johan Oviedo equalized his career with seven strikes in seven innings, and the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Chicago Cubs 6-0 on Saturday night to end the eight-loss streak.
Oviedo (4-2) has retired from the last 16 beaters he has dealt with, allowing three hits across 82 pitches without issuing a walk. Right-handed for the first time this season and for the second time in 24 starts in his career, he made at least seven innings, finishing his night in seventh place, leaving the team in five pitches.
“I am really happy and grateful above all for the coaches, staff and the work that we have put into these last weeks,” said Oviedo. “I didn’t look at the strikes or the number of throws or anything. I just tried to have fun with each throw. Forget the score, even if it was a good hit or bad, or whatever happened in the game. I just wanted to have fun. “
Oviedo has dropped seven rounds with 23 strikes in 20 2/3 rounds in five starts since it was taken over from St. Louis on August 1.
“The walking ban (Saturday) is what really stands out,” said Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton. “He went out and commanded the zone, he was really in control and put us in a good position. He did a great job, really hitting the zone and following it. This is a good step forward. It was really impressive.
The Pirates (56-96) ended Chicago’s winning streak in four games and now must win at least seven of their last 10 games to avoid 100 losses for the tenth time.
Rodolfo Castro established the first run in the first leg, placing two runners in a shooting position with a one-out double to the left center. Bryan Reynolds scored a goal on the fly by Diego Castillo.
Wade Miley (1-2) gave up one shot over the next three rounds before walking away with a left diagonal tension on the fifth. He returned three runes (one earned) and three hits in four rounds.
“It’s a bit sore,” said Cubs manager David Ross. “He had a good attitude, the way he went about his business. Really good way he was tossing today. His stuff was good. The rhythm was good. He used both sides of the plate. That’s where we talked about how fun it is to watch him toss.
Miley led Ben Gamel to start game five before throwing Greg Allen’s rebellion in the middle. Gamel moved up to third place and Allen moved up to second, ending Miley’s performance.
“I felt like I got to it okay, and when I turned to throw it at second base, I just felt a grip on the back of my oblique,” Miley said. “When I cast it, I felt it grabbing a little. That was it … A bit of frustration. It was painful at first. Then it calmed down a little. I was stubborn the first time I did it. I could feel almost what I felt today on my right side. Then I tried to throw another throw. I just did it 10 weeks instead of two weeks.
“Hope tomorrow will be a little better. We’ll see where it goes.
Ji Hwan Bae defeated Adbert Alzolay on a double right-line kick to move into two and extend the lead to 3-0. They were the top two RBIs in the main Bae rankings to be dismissed from Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday.
Jack Suwinski had the pinch then, a triple Homer with two cars, doubling the lead to 6-0. The eighteenth home run in Suwiński’s rookie season was sent to a height of 426 feet into the bushes at a standstill.
Cubs: Steven Brault’s left LHP arm didn’t react well after the trip with Triple-A Iowa. Will return to Chicago for further evaluation. … LHP Justin Steele threw the bullpen as he struggled back with cross problems. … C Willson Contreras (ankle) and INF Nico Hoerner (triceps) may return in the next few days after completing Saturday’s pre-game activities. … LHP Brandon Hughes (Ankle) is Casual.
Pirates: 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes was eliminated from the second consecutive game with discomfort in his lower back.
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