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Johan Oviedo Gem Wasted in Pirates’ 2-0 Loss to Marlins

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Johan Oviedo had another quality start but, it wasn’t enough to keep the Pittsburgh Pirates from losing yet again Sunday as they were blanked 2-0 by the Marlins at loanDepot Park in Miami.

Oviedo allowed one run in seven innings, yielding six hits while striking out six and not issuing a walk for his fourth quality start in five June outings. Yet the Pirates (35-42) lost for the 12th time in their last 13 games.

Jonathan Davis accounted for the only run off Oviedo when he hit a leadoff home run in the third inning to give the Marlins (45-34) a 1-0 lead. Miami took three of four in the series.

Andrew McCutchen had two hits for the Pirates.

KEY MOMENT

The Pirates put runners on second and third with one out in the second in a 0-0 game. However, Eury Perez escaped the jam by striking out Rodolfo Castro and Austin Hedges. The Pirates never had another runner in scoring position.

STAR OF THE GAME

Perez, the Marlins’ 20-year-old rookie, blanked the Pirates on two hits over six innings. Perez (5-1) had nine strikeouts and one walk as he combined with Steven Okert, Andrew Nardi and A.J. Puk (11th save) on the five-hit shutout.

STAT OF INTEREST

The home run by Davis off Oviedo was just the fourth the right-hander had allowed in his last 82.1 innings.

NOTEWORTHY

–Jack Suwinski (0 for 2) is now 0 for his last 29 at-bats. Ji Hwae Bae is 0 for 22 after going hitless in four at-bats. Castro is on an 0-for-18 skid and Hedges is on an 0-for-17 slide.

–Henry Davis went 1 for 4 and is 5 or 14 in his last four games.

–The Pirates acquired right-hander Andre Jackson from the Los Angeles Dodgers for cash considerations and optioned him to Triple-A Indianapolis. Infielder Mark Mathias was designated for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.

–When McCutchen hit his 400th career double overall and 300th with the Pirates in Saturday’s loss to the Marlins, he became just the third player in franchise history with at least 300 doubles and 180 stolen bases. McCutchen joined Hall of Famers Honus Wagner and Max Carey.

–The Pirates will wear their new City Connect uniforms for the first time Tuesday night when they play the San Diego Padres at PNC Park in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand.

–Rosters for the All-Star Futures Game, which will be played July 8 in Seattle, will be announced Monday night. Mike Burrows and Henry Davis were selected last year, though Davis missed the game because of an injury.

–The Pirates and Marlins don’t meet again until the final three games of the regular season from Sept. 29-Oct. 1.

UP NEXT

Left-hander Rich Hill (6-7, 4.34) will start for the Pirates at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday. The Padres have not announced a starting pitcher. Hill is 3-4 with a 4.62 ERA in nine starts at PNC Park this season.

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