Brandon Workman watched his record drop to 1-10 with a loss on Thursday after allowing three runs (two earned) in five innings against the Pirates.
Workman allowed plenty of base runners, as the Pirates racked up seven hits and three walks in the right-hander's five innings. One of the hits was a solo home run by Starling Marte. Workman will bring a 5.17 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, and a 70/36 K/BB ratio into Wednesday's home start against the Rays, in which he'll search for his second win of the season.
Gerrit Cole picked up his 10th win of the season after limiting the Red Sox to two runs in seven innings on Thursday.
Cole's effort helped the Pirates maintain their foothold on the second Wild Card slot and keep them within arm's reach of first place in the NL Central, polishing off a sweep of the lowly Red Sox. The right-hander scattered six hits with no walks and seven strikeouts. Now with a 3.85 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 118/38 K/BB ratio, Cole will look to keep it going on Tuesday in Atlanta against the Braves.
Gio Gonzalez pitched well on Thursday, holding the Marlins to two runs over seven innings as the Nationals went on to win 6-2.
Gonzalez was initially slated for Wednesday's start, but he was given an extra day of rest as the team had clinched the division on Tuesday. It seemed to benefit the lefty, as he yielded six hits with no walks and five strikeouts. Gonzalez rolls into a home start against the Mets on Wednesday with a 9-10 record, a 3.74 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP, and a 150/54 K/BB ratio.
Brad Hand suffered his eighth loss of the season after allowing six runs (five earned) over five innings on Thursday against the Nationals.
Hand was around the zone a lot, throwing 55 of 76 pitches for strikes, but the Nationals were able to take advantage of it. The lefty allowed eight hits, struck out four, and didn't issue a walk. Hand will take a 4.59 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, and 65/36 K/BB ratio into Wednesday's start at home against the Phillies.
Bryce Harper tallied three hits in four at-bats on Thursday as the Nationals beat the Marlins.
Harper has his average up to .274 with the effort, the highest it's been since early July, when he had just crossed the 100 plate appearance threshold. The 21-year-old has a respectable .274/.343/.433 slash line with 13 home runs and 32 RBI on the season.