Crumbles in the ninth Stratton (2-1) allowed three runs on three hits and a walk while striking out one across 1.2 innings as he took the loss Friday against the Indians.
Impact The Pirates tried bargaining for a six-out save from Stratton and came up just short. The 30-year-old pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning but could not replicate his success in the ninth. He started off by walking Tyler Naquin, who quickly scored from first on a double by Jordan Luplow to cut the Pirates' 3-1 lead in half. Luplow would then come around to tie the game at three apiece after Delino DeShields singled him home. Stratton was able to record two outs but could not get the game into extras as Cesar Hernandez pulled a fastball down the right-field line to score DeShields from first to walk it off for the Indians. Despite the rough outing, Stratton still has a 3.90 ERA and 39:13 K:BB across 30 innings this season.
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