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Pirates Complete Sweep, Beat Marlins 9-7

The Pittsburgh Pirates completed their four-game series sweep of the Miami Marlins with a 9-7 comeback victory in a wild game on Sunday afternoon.

After falling behind early, the Bucs battled back multiple times throughout the back-and-forth matchup on their way to completing the four-game series sweep on the road.

Bailey Falter struggled on the mound in his first start of the season, giving up six runs on five hits and three walks in four innings.  David Bednar blew the save by giving up the tying run to the Marlins in the bottom of the ninth.  And yet, the Pirate still came back found a way to come away with the victory.

Jake Burger’s RBI single the bottom of the first gave the Marlins a 1-0 lead, and after Jazz Chisholm Jr’s grand slam made the score 5-0, it looked like it might be a long day for the Pirates and their fans.

But Pittsburgh immediately responded with three runs in the top of the second inning to get right back in the game.  A two-run triple by Alika Williams got the scoring started, and a RBI single by Bryan Reynolds made it 5-3.

Ke’Bryan Hayes’ RBI single in the top of the fourth cut the lead to 5-4, but a solo homerun by Avisail Garcia made it 6-4 Miami.

Rowdy Tellez hammered a go-ahead, three-run homerun in the top of the seventh to give the Pirates a 7-6 lead, but Bednar gave up a solo homerun to Nick Gordon in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game and force extra innings.

The Bucs scored a pair of runs in the top of the 10th inning which would end up being the difference.  A sacrifice bunt by Jason Delay scored Oneil Cruz and a bases loaded walk to Michael A. Taylor scored Williams to make it 9-7, which would be the final score.

Today’s comeback victory capped off a wildly successful one for Pittsburgh, who earned the four-game series sweep which is somewhat of a historic feat.  It’s just the fourth time Pittsburgh has started 4-0 in the past 40 years, and the first time the club has started the season with a four-game road series sweep since 1903. 

The Pirates will look to continue their hot start to the season when they continue their road trip against the Washington Nationals beginning Monday afternoon.  MacKenzie Gore will be on the mound for Washington against Marco Gonzales for Pittsburgh.

Record vs. Marlins: 4-0

Record vs. N.L. East: 4-0

Record on the Road: 4-0

Overall Record: 4-0


As Always…

Let’s Go Bucs!

Chad Carlson

Co-Editor of Fans From The Stands, Pirates' Beat Writer For Armchair Report, Sports writer for AMN, SteelTownRock And Music City Encore Editor