Stro­man pitches eight solid in­nings; but Pi­rates down Blue Jays, 4-2

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TORONTO — Jame­son Tail­lon pitched six in­nings to snap a three-start win­less streak, Josh Harrison had two hits and the Pitts­burgh Pi­rates beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-2, in in­ter­league base­ball play Fri­day night, their sev­enth win in nine games.

Pi­rates out­fielder An­drew McCutchen limped off be­cause of a sore left knee one bat­ter af­ter hit­ting an RBI dou­ble in the third.

Tail­lon (7-5) al­lowed two runs and six hits. He left af­ter Toronto put run­ners at sec­ond and third with no outs in the sev­enth.

Ge­orge Kon­tos came on and re­tired the next three bat­ters.

Juan Ni­ca­sio worked the eighth and Felipe Rivero fin­ished for his 12th save in 13 chances.

Blue Jays right-han­der Mar­cus Stro­man (10-6) al­lowed four runs, none earned, and four hits in eight in­nings, snap­ping a six-start un­beaten streak. The loss was his first since a July 3 road de­feat against the New York Yan­kees.

Pitts­burgh took ad­van­tage of two er­rors by Blue Jays sec­ond base­man Rob Ref­s­ny­der to score four un­earned runs in the third. Af­ter mak­ing an er­rant throw to sec­ond while try­ing to force John Jaso on Fran­cisco Cervelli’s grounder, Ref­s­ny­der failed to touch sec­ond base while try­ing to turn a dou­ble-play on Adam Fra­zier’s hard shot to third, al­low­ing the Pi­rates to score their first run.

Harrison fol­lowed with an RBI sin­gle, McCutchen hit an RBI dou­ble and Josh Bell capped the rally with a sac­ri­fice fly.

Jose Bautista hit a solo homer for the Jays, his third in three games af­ter go­ing 18 games with­out one. Bautista’s homer was his 20th, giv­ing him eight straight sea­sons with at least that many. Car­los Del­gado, who did it in nine straight sea­sons, is the only other Blue Jay to achieve the feat.

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