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Gerrit Cole

Cole pitches Pirates past Nationals 3-1

Cole pitches Pirates past Nationals 3-1

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Washington Nationals had their best hitter at the plate in a big spot. It just didn't work out. Bryce Harper grounded out with two runners on in the eighth inning, and the Nationals went on to a 3-1 loss to Gerrit Cole and the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. Singles by pinch-hitter Anthony Rendon and David Espinosa chased Cole with two out in the eighth. Tony Watson then came in and Harper grounded sharply to right side, where first baseman Sean Rodriguez made a terrific grab on a high hop and threw to Watson covering first. "We needed to get Harp to the plate as the winning run," Nationals manager Matt Williams. "It turned the way we...