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SS Jordy Mercer's single leading off the ninth inning was his 17th hit in the month of August. Mercer is batting .340 since the beginning of the month with a .411 on-base percentage.
INF Brent Morel was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis after a three-day stay in the majors. In 12 games for Pittsburgh overall this season, he is hitting .143 with no homers and three RBIs.
Clint Barmes went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in his second rehab game with Triple-A Indianapolis. He was placed on the disabled list July 6, retroactive to June 30, with a left groin strain and is nearing a return.
RF Travis Snider extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single in the fifth inning. He is batting .439 (18-for-41) during his current streak after going 2-for-3 Wednesday.
RHP Gerrit Cole made his first start since July 5, when he was removed from his outing against Philadelphia with lat soreness after a stint on the DL with right shoulder fatigue. Cole posted his first quality start since he gave up three runs in 6 1/3 innings at Los Angeles on May 29.
RHP Mark Melancon tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his second win of the season. He owns a 0.86 ERA in 31 1/3 innings pitched at PNC Park this season.