The Pirates were only able to get two hits against Bauer, who worked around an Adam Frazier double in the fourth and a Jordy Mercer single in the eighth. That single would end Bauer's day, as he walked just two and reached double digits in strikeouts for the ninth time this season. The right-hander also improved to 3-0 with a 0.33 ERA in four interleague starts this season.
The Pirates suffered their first loss since July 10th against the Washington Nationals. They had taken the first two games of the series with ease by a combined score of 16-4. Jameson Taillon did not pitch bad on the road, allowing two runs on seven hits over seven innings, but suffered his eighth loss. Before this shutout loss, the Pirates had scored six or more runs in seven straight games for the first time since 1946.
The Indians did get a two-run long ball from Yonder Alonso, while Edwin Encarnacion also drove in two in the win that helped "The Tribe" avoid the sweep. They are now nine games over .500,but still sit with a comfortable lead atop the AL Central Division.
To add to the Pirates downfall on this day, Starling Marte did exit in the first inning after getting hit with the pitch in his left hand by Bauer. Frazier took over for Marte and the Pirates, who were also without Corey Dickerson due to a hamstring injury. They will look to get back on track when they return home this weekend to host the New York Mets. The Indians will visit the Detroit Tigers beginning on Friday.