Martin out of lineup with sore hamstring

Martin out of lineup with sore hamstring

CINCINNATI -- The Pirates waved the white flag in the daily struggle with Russell Martin's balky left hamstring.

The catcher wasn't even expected to suit up for Saturday's game, after being forced out late Friday when the tightness became a bit too worrisome. Chris Stewart replaced him in the starting lineup.

"Today, he is definitely out," manager Clint Hurdle said on Saturday of Martin, who was out of the lineup for Sunday's finale as well. "It's been a day-to-day thing. There have been stretches when it's been good, and situations where it's become aggravated."

Martin was again replaced by Stewart on Sunday.

Worth noting

• Josh Harrison, Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte all entered Saturday's game ranked in the NL's Top 10 in hitting. The Pirates have not had a trio finish in the Top 10 in batting average since 1969, when Roberto Clemente was No. 2 at .345 and was followed by Matty Alou (fourth at .331) and Willie Stargell (eighth at .307).

• Pittsburgh pitching had allowed a total of 19 runs in the 12 games prior to Saturday -- the team's stingiest 12-game run since 1968, when it also gave up 19 runs from Sept. 13-24. The oddity about that '68 stretch is that nine of the runs came in one game, a loss to the Reds.

• Harrison (a career and team season-high 15 games) and Marte (12 games) both extended hitting streaks Saturday. Harrison also tied McCutchen for the team lead with his 38th double.

• Saturday's loss was the Bucs' 18th in the opponent's final at-bat; they have 21 final at-bat wins.

• Looking on the Cincinnati side, the Reds' 10-6 win ended a streak of 45 losses -- dating back to Aug. 23, 2013 -- when allowing six-plus runs.

Tom Singer is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.