National League Game Summary - Miami at Pittsburgh|
(Sunday, July 22nd)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 3, Miami 0
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Jeff Karstens tossed seven scoreless innings
on Sunday as the Pittsburgh Pirates completed a three-game sweep of the Miami
Marlins with a 3-0 victory at PNC Park.
Karstens (3-2) scattered five hits and fanned three while walking two
to earn the victory. Jared Hughes worked a perfect eighth and Joel Hanrahan
notched his 28th save of the season with a clean ninth inning.
"I was just trying to make them take unorthodox, really bad swings," Karstens
said. "That's all I'm trying to do. I'm not trying to blow fastballs by
people, just keep them off balance."
Pedro Alvarez clubbed a two-run home run and Andrew McCutchen, whose major-
league best batting average now stands at .372, went 2-for-4 with an RBI
single for the Bucs, who have won a season-high five straight.
Anibal Sanchez (5-7) was tagged with the loss after allowing three runs on
seven hits with eight strikeouts and no walks over seven innings. Jose Reyes
and Logan Morrison each had a hit in the Marlins' fifth straight loss.
After escaping a bases-loaded jam in the top of the first, the Bucs plated the
first run of the game in the home half of the frame. Alex Presley began the
inning with a base hit and stole second before McCutchen brought him home with
a single up the middle.
After the first inning, Miami did not threaten again until the seventh when
Morrison led off the inning with a single and Greg Dobbs ripped a sinking
liner to left. It appeared that Presley had made the catch, but the ball
tumbled out of his glove, giving the Marlins two men on base with one out.
But Karstens remained on his game and needed only one pitch to induce Omar
Infante into an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play to keep the lead intact.
The Bucs widened the margin to 3-0 in the home seventh as Casey McGehee began
the frame with a double into the right field corner. Alvarez came up next and
connected with a fastball down in the zone from Sanchez and watched it sail
into the seats in right-center for his 21st homer of the season.
"We need to just get better at-bats and keep fighting, that's all you can do,"
Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Every day is going to be tougher and
tougher for us."
The Pirates picked up their fourth series sweep of the season. They have also
swept the Cubs, Astros, and Royals...Pittsburgh improved to 43-1 when leading
after six innings and 47-0 when leading after seven...It was McCutchen's 35th
multi-hit game of the season...Pirates second baseman Neil Walker had his 11-
game home hitting streak snapped...The Pirates have hit at least one home run
in 22 of their last 25 games...Pittsburgh will begin a stretch of 13
consecutive games against NL Central competition on Monday against the Cubs,
while Miami will host the Atlanta Braves on Monday...The Bucs improved to a
major-league best 32-14 at home.
07/22 18:53:47 ET