The Pirates took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning, and that was where the good news stopped for the Bucs in a 5-2 loss to the Braves.
Gerrit Cole had his worst start of the season after posting a 1.71 ERA in the past three starts. Cole was hittable tonight and ended up giving up 10 hits and five runs in just 4.2 innings. His trouble started in the third inning when Dansby Swanson doubled to lead off the inning. Ender Inciarte ripped an RBI single (one of his five hits tonight) to left field to put the Braves on the board and then was thrown out at second by LF Adam Frazier. With the bases empty, Brandon Phillips belted a solo home run in the next at-bat to make it 2-1 Braves.
His trouble continued in the 5th inning when Cole allowed the first two batters to reach base. After an error by Josh Harrison and a double play, the recently-acquired Matt Adams belted a two-run homer for a 5-1 advantage. It was Adams first home run as a Brave after being traded to Atlanta two days ago.
The Pirates threatened to get back into the game in the 6th inning as Josh Bell and Alen Hanson reached on singles and then John Jaso drove in a run to make it 5-2. With two on and no outs, Francisco Cervelli, Jordy Mercer both struck out and Jose Osuna pinch hit and grounded out.
Right-hander Jhan Marinez made his Pirates debut tonight in relief and tossed 2.2 scoreless innings despite two hits and two walks.
The loss drops to the Pirates road record to 8-16. The Pirates and Braves are set for game two of this four-game series Tuesday night. Tyler Glasnow will start for Pittsburgh opposite knuckle baller R.A. Dickey with first pitch set for 7:35PM.