For the second time in as many days, the Pittsburgh Pirates offered little to eat for their fans gathered at PNC Park. The Toronto Blue Jays won 4-1 on Saturday.
The day after a shutout suffered against these same Jays, the Pirates could not take advantage of the absence of Alek Manoah to generate points. Interim manager John Schneider used no less than seven pitchers to muzzle the Pennsylvania squad, and only Yusei Kikuchi struggled.
The Japanese gunner allowed four hits and the hosts' lone run in two runs and a third of work. Oneil Cruz scored a one-point triple at his own expense to open the scoring.
The Jays, however, gushed in the seventh inning when Bo Bichette hit his 34th double of the campaign. At the same time, he sent George Springer, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Matt Chapman to the plate to deal a blow to the Pirates.
This action came shortly after the end of the evening by Roansy Contreras, who had until there disturbed the hitters of the Canadian team. He allowed just one earned run and four hits in six innings.
Raimel Tapia drove in the only run on his own with a groundout in the fourth inning.
Elsewhere, second baseman Santiago Espinal had to leave the game after receiving a hand shot on the eighth assault.
Corey Kluber wows
At Tropicana Field, gunner Corey Kluber took on the daunting task of gagging New York Yankees batters, and the Tampa Bay Rays signed a short 2-1 victory.
Kluber (10-7) and his teammates left nothing for the Bronx Bombers for seven innings. He only allowed two safe strikes and four free passes, but struck out only four batters.
At the very end of the duel, Aaron Judge continued his dream season by hitting a 52nd long ball. It was, however, the only moment of celebration for the Yankees on offense.
Yandy Diaz drove in the only two points for the Rays with a single swing. His strike, good for a single, ricocheted off pitcher Clarke Schmidt (5-4), allowing two teammates to cross home plate.
The Florida team is now only four games behind its New York rivals and the first place in the East section of the American.