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Harrison's heroics send Pirates past Marlins

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Josh Harrison's pinch-hit, leadoff homer in the bottom of the ninth sent Pittsburgh past Miami, 4-3, in the opener of a three-game series.

Marlins reliever Mike Dunn (2-3) worked out of a bases-loaded, none-out jam in the bottom of the eighth after fanning Pedro Alvarez looking and inducing an inning-ending double-play grounder from Russell Martin.

But Dunn couldn't get past Harrison, who stepped in for Garrett Jones and launched the deciding blast just over the wall in right center to end the contest.

Bryan Morris (5-4) tossed a scoreless top of the ninth for the win.

Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run double and Alvarez added a run-scoring triple for the Pirates, winners in 12 of their last 17 games.

Logan Morrison and Donovan Solano knocked in a run apiece for the Marlins, who have dropped three in a row and five of their last eight.

08/06 22:07:22 ET