Chicago right-hander Jake Arrieta was distributing line drives to the Pirates' lineup. Six players came up, all six hit ropes. At the end of the barrage, the Bucs had one run -- the only one they would get in Arrieta's seven innings.
"We had as good a first inning as you'd want. Every ball was hit sharp -- and we only came away with one run," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.
• Josh Harrison led off with a smashed grounder up the middle, smothered by diving shortstop Starlin Castro, whose throw to first was on time.
Say good night, Bucs: Arrieta kept retiring everyone up to McCutchen's two-out double in the sixth.
A.J. Burnett, conversely, navigated baserunner-infested waters, yet was in a 1-1 tie after six.
"Battle mode," Burnett said. "Sometimes you got to tip your hat to the other guy. He was shoving. He made a good adjustment after the first."
"Sure looked like it," Hurdle said. "He mixed his pitches, good finish. When you're covering 78 [mph] to 95 [mph], breaking pitch to fastball, that's a tough assignment. This was a well-pitched game by him."
Touching all the bases
• First: Chris Stewart hit a two-run single in his third at-bat of the season on Sunday; a year ago, the catcher did not pick up an RBI until at-bat No. 34.
• Second: The Pirates' outfield picked up its first two assists of the season, by Marte and by Andrew Lambo, in his only inning in right field after remaining in the game following an eighth-inning pinch-hit appearance.
• Third: Burnett had a pitch-to-contact game, his only strikeout leaving him still 10 shy of catching Sandy Koufax for 42nd place on the all-time list.
• Marte's ninth-inning homer, his third in his past four games, was his eighth hit of the season. Five of them have gone for extra bases (a double and four home runs).