Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Marlins 3, Pirates 2 Watson's Streaks at an End Gives Up Rare Hit, Run in Tough Loss

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Marlins 3, Pirates 2 Watson's Streaks at an End Gives Up Rare Hit, Run in Tough Loss

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MIAMI - Tony Watson was one strike away from a perfect eighth inning Wednesday night when his two-out, two-strike sinker rode inside and smacked the Miami Marlins' Derek Dietrich in the wrist.

Watson, the Pirates' steady set-up man, suddenly seemed shaken. He started eight-hitter Adeiny Hechavarria with three balls in a row before the batter rocketed a full-count fastball to center field for a go-ahead double that drove in the deciding run in a 3-2 game at Marlins Park.

"Kept challenging him, and he won," Watson said. "You tip your hat and get after him tomorrow."

Hechavarria's double was the first hit allowed by Watson (1-1) since May 7, and the first run against him since April 27, a stretch of 11 outings. The left-handed reliever went on the paternity list for three days last week. He said his stuff has felt as good as ever lately.

One night after Marlins ace Jose Fernandez went seven scoreless against the Pirates (29-22), left-hander Adam Conley carried a no-hitter into the sixth. He allowed two hits, walked three and registered a career-high nine strikeouts over six shutout innings.

"He pitched a very good ballgame," manager Clint Hurdle said.

Pirates left-hander Jon Niese had plenty of traffic on the basepaths but navigated through it relatively well. He allowed six hits and two runs in five innings, walking three and striking out six. Hurdle admitted a couple defensive miscues made Niese's work difficult.

Giancarlo Stanton, who missed the previous seven games with a sore right side, returned Wednesday and walked to lead off the second. A single and a John Jaso error followed, loading the bases with no outs. Niese escaped by getting a fielder's-choice grounder and two strikeouts.

"Another opportunity for one of our starers to roll up their sleeves and go to work," Hurdle said. …

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