CHICAGO -- Thirty minutes into a nearly four-hour game at Guaranteed Rate Field, the Pirates were down four runs. Manager Clint Hurdle preached patience, and Pittsburgh's lineup put it into practice.The inauspicious start was only a footnote by the end of yet another night capped in a Pirates clubhouse full
CHICAGO -- Thirty minutes into a nearly four-hour game at Guaranteed Rate Field, the Pirates were down four runs. Manager Clint Hurdle preached patience, and Pittsburgh's lineup put it into practice.
The inauspicious start was only a footnote by the end of yet another night capped in a Pirates clubhouse full of music and dancing. The Bucs turned that four-run deficit into a four-run lead, capturing a 10-6 win Tuesday over the White Sox -- their ninth come-from-behind victory of the season.
"Slow the game down when you're behind," Hurdle said. "We don't have to be in a hurry. See what you can do with your at-bat."
In the first inning, they saw only 15 pitches from struggling White Sox starter Lucas Giolito. Then Chicago made Ivan Nova throw 51 in a chaotic first inning defined by bad bounces and tough breaks. An infield single bounced off Nova's foot. Left fielder Corey Dickerson lost a ball in the lights, and it turned into a triple. Nova walked two batters, both on borderline calls. In the middle of that long frame, Welington Castillo launched a two-run homer to right field.
"You hope those things don't happen again, but I'm just glad we came back and played the way we played. That was big for him," Dickerson said of Nova. "I wasn't worried about it for me at all. I didn't care anything about myself. I was hoping we erased the deficit just for him."
Sure enough, the Pirates repaid Nova with a four-run inning of their own. They tied it in the second against Giolito on run-scoring hits by Jose Osuna, Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte. The White Sox regained the lead in the second, Nova's last inning, but relievers Tyler Glasnow and Edgar Santana held the line long enough for the Bucs to mount two more rallies.
"After the first inning, you just kind of put your head down and try to get to work, try to get on base, try to score runs any way possible," third baseman Colin Moran said. "A lot of the guys were putting together really good at-bats, and that was probably the key to the success."
Facing reliever Chris Volstad in the fifth, Josh Bell reached on an infield single and Francisco Cervelli slapped a single to left. Moran ripped a go-ahead, two-run double to center, and Jordy Mercer added on with an RBI single to center. Bell laced an RBI triple to right in the sixth and scored on a single by Dickerson, who slapped another run-scoring single in the eighth.
Dickerson more than made up for his defensive miscue at the plate. Continuing his early season offensive surge, Dickerson recorded his first four-hit game as a Pirate, tying a personal single-game high, to lead the Bucs' 16-hit attack. Every Pirates starter scored or drove in a run. Only leadoff man Adam Frazier went hitless, while five players -- Polanco, Marte, Bell, Dickerson and Moran -- put together multi-hit performances.
"We've talked about it a lot earlier this season, just the depth of the lineup," Dickerson said. "It's a good mixture. That's what really helps us, the mixture throughout the lineup. We're going to scrap and claw and try to get anything we can."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Bridging the gap: After Nova left the game, the Pirates didn't allow another run until they easily had the game in hand. The credit primarily goes to Glasnow, coming off a brutal outing a week ago in Washington, and Santana. Glasnow cruised through 2 1/3 innings, allowing only one hit while striking out three.
With Jose Abreu on first and one out in the fifth, Hurdle brought in Santana to face Castillo. Santana needed only three pitches to record two outs, inducing a double-play grounder, then returning to pitch a scoreless sixth.
"That's the chance that you need. That's what you need to have happen to get back into the game," Hurdle said. "Glasnow came in [and pitched] two strong innings. He gave us some distance there. Santana getting the double-play ball to get through the fifth, then to leave runners on base in the sixth was a turning point as we were continuing to add on runs."
The Pirates are 20-16 after 36 games. Last year, they won only 14 of their first 36 games, and their 20th victory didn't come until May 21, in their 44th game.
Seventeen of the Bucs' 20 wins have come against teams in the Central divisions, as they are 10-3 against the National League Central and now 7-2 against the American League Central.
YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Marte entered the night among the Major League leaders in Outs Above Average, and he showed why in the eighth inning. Marte made a spectacular sliding catch -- a five-star play, according to Statcast™ -- to rob Matt Davidson of an extra-base hit. Marte covered 79 feet in 4.3 seconds, reaching a top speed of 29 feet per second, and made the play despite a catch probability of only 20 percent.
It was Marte's second five-star play of the season and the Pirates outfield's MLB-leading fifth. The Bucs trusted Marte to handle center field full-time this season because he makes plays like that look easy.
"And they're not," Hurdle said. "And at the end, it looked like he almost overran the ball, which is hard to even comprehend. … He's going to be able to do some fantastic things out there that are going to be fun to watch."
HE SAID IT
"Today? Bad. Simple. It was a bad one today. Forget this one and go back to work on Sunday. … I just didn't do my job. It's simple to say. It's hard when you think about it, because you want to give everything you have for the team and make sure you give the team a chance to win. I didn't do it today, but I feel good because my team picked me up -- the bullpen and the offense -- and we were able to win." -- Nova, who was charged with five runs on six hits and two walks after throwing 77 pitches in two innings
The Pirates will wrap up a quick, two-game set with the White Sox on Wednesday at 2:10 p.m. ET, when Trevor Williams faces young right-hander Reynaldo Lopez at Guaranteed Rate Field. Williams, Pittsburgh's most consistent starter so far this season, has put together a 2.63 ERA in seven outings. Lopez owns a 2.43 ERA in six starts.
Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and read his blog.