Despite falling behind in the first inning, the Miami Marlins rallied to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates in the rubber match of their three game series by a 10-7 score at PNC Park on Thursday night.
The Pirates scored five runs in the first inning, taking control of the game from the onset. But the Marlins battled back at the plate and limited the Bucs to just two runs the rest of the way. The victory game the Marlins’ a series win on the road, while evening the season series Pirates.
A single by Neil Walker in the top of the first gave the Marlins a 1-0 lead, but the Pirates scored five runs in the bottom of the inning. A homerun by Bryan Reynolds and a double by Pablo Reyes put them in front 3-1, and they were then aided by a throwing error by Isan Diaz which scored the other two runs.
A solo homerun by Harold Ramirez in the second cut the lead to 5-2, and the Marlins then scored four runs in the fifth, two runs in the sixth, and two in the eighth to make it 10-5.
The Pirates scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth, one by Reynolds (his second of the game, 16th of the season) and one by Josh Bell (36th of the year), but it was too little, too late.
This was another disappointing effort by the Bucs. The Marlins are not a good team, and the Pirates were playing them at home. Further, they built an early four run lead but were unable to sustain it throughout the game. This is just another example of just how far this team has fallen.
The Pirates will open up a three game series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night at PNC Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.
Record vs. Marlins: 3-3
Record vs. N.L. East: 11-21
Record at Home: 30-39
Overall Record: 61-79
Let’s Go Bucs!