BC-BBN-Pirates-Marte, 81Starling Marte removed from Pirates gameEds: AP NewsNowPirates centerfielder Starling Marte was removed after the first inning of Tuesday night's game against the Chicago White Sox. Both stayed in the game briefly to run the bases, but both were replaced after the third out.
The Pirates characterized Marte's departure as right side discomfort. Chicago is also 17-38 in their last 53 road games and 8-20 in Santiago's last 28 starts.More news: 4A Games' Metro Exodus Has Been Delayed into 2019
White Sox: Second baseman Yoan Moncada (left hamstring tightness) was activated from the disabled list and went 1 for 4.
In his last start, May 5 against Minnesota in an 8-4 loss, he allowed all eight runs in 3 1/3 innings, yielding six hits and six costly walks, while striking out two.
Marte slapped a double and eventually came around to score in the Pirates' four-run first inning.More news: Volvo to move away from diesel with new S60
Santiago pitched one inning in relief in that two-game series last week, allowing no hits and striking out one. "I thought it was just two pitches that left the yard".
"I thought we did our homework well last time", he said. "I feel like, for the most part, we were anticipating slower, earlier and it kind of just worked out for us". The Cubs and Cardinals are a game back.
Trevor Williams had a better outing against the struggling Chicago White Sox this time while facing them for the second straight start.More news: Nikka Bella's Reaction to John Cena's Heartbreaking Plea on 'Today'