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Long Ball Leads Pirates to 4-3 Comeback Win

Final: Pirates 4, Marlins 3

WP: Kevin Correia (7-6, 4.31 ERA)
LP: Ricky Nolasco (8-8, 4.55 ERA)
SV: Joel Hanrahan (27, 2.17 ERA)

The game didn’t start out as good as it ended. Jose Reyes led things off in the first inning with a solo home run off starter Kevin Correia. Correia allowed another run later that inning to give the Marlins a 2-0 lead before the Pirates had a chance to hit.

The Pirates answered in the first, though, with a walk, a single, and a single to plate a run to cut the lead to 2-1.

The Marlins tacked on a third run on a successful squeeze play in the fourth inning.

But in the bottom of the fourth, Pedro Alvarez led things off with a solo home run to right-center field, his 20th of the year. Rod Barajas then hit a book-rule double to left field and later scored on an RBI single by Clint Barmes. In the next inning, Neil Walker drilled a solo homer to right to give the Pirates the lead, which they would hold on to.

Chris Resop pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief. Jared Hughes pitched 2/3 scoreless. Jason Grilli pitched a scoreless inning. And Joel Hanrahan shut things down by striking out the final two batters he faced, leaving runners on 2nd and 3rd.

Correia struck out five batters in five innings following a six strikeout performance in his last start. He’s averaged a strikeout per inning over those two outings. When he does that, he has the chance to be ok.

Chris Resop has pitched nine straight scoreless innings over his last seven outings. He has a 6:1 K:BB ratio during that span.

The NL home run race looks alright in my book.

The Pirates are 12 games over .500, which is the best record they have had all season and the team’s best record since 1992.

 
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