Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

One Bad Inning Beats Taillon

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

One Bad Inning Beats Taillon

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MINNEAPOLIS - Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon had a record of 13 consecutive starts in which he had allowed three earned runs or fewer before a game Tuesday night against the Minnesota Twins.

He extended that run to 14 - just barely - but it wasn't enough to swing the result in his team's favor.

After allowing no hits through the first three innings, Taillon allowed five along with three runs in the fourth. Eventually, the Pirates fell, 5-2, against the Twins in front of an announced crowd of 28,515 at Target Field.

The Pirates took a second-inning lead, thanks to an RBI double from catcher Francisco Cervelli, who was back in the starting lineup after taking a foul ball to his facemask Saturday. Third baseman Colin Moran earned the other RBI in a two-hit, two-run inning.

But the Twins just needed some warm-ups, apparently. They put together a three-run, five-hit fourth inning, including a two-RBI single from shortstop Jorge Polanco and a two-out RBI single from left fielder Jake Cave.

Taillon recovered from that to pitch another two innings and allow two more hits but no more runs. Richard Rodriguez took the mound to start the seventh. Taillon finished his outing with seven hits and three runs, including four strikeouts, 61 strikes and a walk on 91 pitches.

Despite a bases-loaded situation in the top of the eighth, Cervelli couldn't score anyone, popping out on a full count. And then Twins third baseman Miguel Sano delivered a two-run homer off the first pitch he saw from Rodriguez.

Fellow pitcher Trevor Williams said Taillon, who has pitched two complete games this year, is reaping the benefits of lots of hard work in the offseason.

"In between starts, we take pride in getting our work done every five days to be able to pitch nine innings. Sometimes, in the National League, it doesn't always work out that way, but he's been pitching well as of late," Williams said. …

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