Robbie Ray strikes out 10 Pirates in gem

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Final: Diamondbacks 3, Pirates 0 (box)

WP: Robbie Ray (5-3)
LP: Ivan Nova (5-4)

Ivan Nova had yet another efficient outing, but the Pirates were unable to get anything going against Robbie Ray, who struck out 10 batters en route to a complete game shutout.

Nova needed just 78 pitches to get through seven strong innings while giving up just six hits and three runs (all earned). He took a no-hitter into the 5th inning and faced the minimum through five. The game was rolling along at 0-0 until the 6th when the Chris Owings hit a two-out double to score Reymond Fuentes, who reached earlier in the inning on a single. The DBacks started the 7th with a lead off double by Paul Goldschmidt and single by Jake Lamb and eventually pushed those two across.

Daniel Hudson and Wade LeBlanc each pitched a scoreless inning of relief to keep it at 3-0, but the Pirates just couldn’t figure out Ray.

Andrew McCutchen went 1 for 3 to extend his hitting streak to six games.

This was the halfway point of Starling Marte‘s 80 game suspension. The Pirates have gone 18-22 in those 40 games.

The rubber match will be Wednesday at 12:35 ET. Chad Kuhl (1-5) will face off against Zack Godley (1-1).