Final Score: Pittsburgh 7, Miami 4
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Michael McKenry finished 4-for-5 with two RBI to
help lift the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Miami Marlins, 7-4, in the middle
contest of a three-game set on Saturday.
Neil Walker collected three hits, two of which were doubles, with two RBI and
scored twice while Garrett Jones drove in two runs as well for the Pirates,
who snapped a two-game skid.
Charlie Morton (3-2) was charged for four runs -- three earned -- on nine hits
with six strikeouts over five innings to earn the victory.
Tom Koehler (2-6) was tagged for five runs on nine hits with three walks in
five frames. He remains winless at Marlins Park with an 0-5 record in 13
games, including six starts, since breaking into the majors last year.
"It was one of those nights where he was grinding from the start," Marlins
manager Mike Redmond said of his starter.
Logan Morrison and Giancarlo Stanton each went 3-for-4 with an RBI while
Placido Polanco and Donovan Solano each drove in a run for the Marlins, who
lost for just the second time in their last six games.
Back-to-back doubles to left to start the game from Starling Marte and Walker
got the Pirates on the board. Walker stood on third with two outs before Jones
drove him in with the third double of the inning to left. McKenry ripped a
base hit to left to make it 3-0.
"I felt good at the plate," McKenry said. "It was fun."
The Marlins got a run back in the home half when Solano smacked a two-out base
hit to right with runners on the corners.
Walker and Andrew McCutchen had base hits to begin the third inning. With
runners on the corners and one away, Jones and McKenry each delivered RBI
singles through the right side of the infield for a four-run cushion.
After a McCutchen fielding error put a man on second in the third, Stanton had
an RBI double and Morrison's single plated Stanton. Polanco drove in Morrison
from third with a two-out base hit to right to cut the deficit to one.
Marte began the sixth with a single up the middle and crossed the plate on a
Walker line-drive double to right to make it a 6-4 game.
The Pirates tacked on a run in the eighth on a Pedro Alvarez single after
McCutchen tripled to left with two outs.
Mark Melancon secured his fourth save of the season in the ninth when he
stranded Stanton on second by getting Morrison to ground out to end the game.
Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer snapped a career-high 11-game hitting streak,
going 0-for-3 ... The Pirates have struck out 49 times over the last four
games ... Miami has won 14 of the last 20 encounters with the Pirates ...
Pittsburgh finished 6-for-17 with runners in scoring position, while Miami
went 4-for-11 ... Koehler snapped a streak of six games where Miami's starters
had gone at least six innings and allowed no more than two runs.
07/28 00:31:09 ET
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