“I think you can point to a lot of things that have contribute to our record and it doesn’t deter us by any stretch from getting ready to play tomorrow and getting to play the rest of our games,” Williams said. “I’m hopeful and I’m enthusiastic about what’s to come.”
The future surely beats the present after the Nationals dropped their third straight.
Jordan Zimmerman (3-2) labored through six innings to lose for the first time in over a month. Denard Span had two of Washington’s eight hits. The Nationals left 11 men on base and went 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position.
“I had it the whole time,” the 5-foot-8 Harrison said with a smile.
“We had opportunities,” Williams said. “We had the right matchups, right against left, left against right and they just scored one more run than we did.”
Charlie Morton (1-6) allowed one run on five hits in 5 2-3 workmanlike innings for his first victory since last September. Pedro Alvarez hit his ninth home run of the season after being dropped from fourth to sixth in the lineup. Ike Davis, who replaced Alvarez as the cleanup hitter, went 2 for 4 with two runs scored.
Morton has pitched well at times this season and began the night with the lowest ERA among Pittsburgh starters (3.45) but had not been rewarded with a victory. He wasn’t dominant while walking four batters and hitting another but managed to keep Washington’s struggling offense in check and the bullpen made it stand up.
The Pirates weren’t quite as busy on the basepaths as Washington but managed to be a little more efficient getting runners home. Manager Clint Hurdle tinkered with the batting order hoping to get a little more production out of the meat of the lineup and it paid immediate dividends.
Hurdle moved Davis - hitting .328 this month - from fifth to fourth and dropped Alvarez to sixth after a prolonged slump.
Davis singled leading off the second and fourth and came home both times, scoring on a fielder’s choice by Starling Marte in the second and trotting home after Alvarez sent a Zimmerman fastball into the bushes in center field for his first homer since May 5 to make it 4-0.