Jose Tabata was 2 for 5 with a double.
Starling Marte went 1 for 4 with a double.
Matt Hague was 2 for 4.
Jeff Clement went 2 for 4 with a double.
Gerrit Cole gave up three runs (two earned) over 5 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked three while giving up three hits, all singles.
Robbie Grossman went 3 for 3 with a walk.
Casey Sadler started and gave up two runs over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked one.
Dan Grovatt was 2 for 3 with a triple and a homer, his 5th of the year.
Gift Ngoepe went 1 for 1 with three walks and three stolen bases.
Mel Rojas was 0 for 4.
Alex Dickerson went 0 for 3 with a walk.
Zack Dodson gave up three runs over five innings. He struck out five and walked two.
Alen Hanson was 0 for 4.
Gregory Polanco went 1 for 3 with his 35th stolen bases.
Harold Ramirez was 2 for 4 with two doubles.
Stetson Allie went 2 for 3 with a double and a walk.
Final: Pirates 4, Marlins 3
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.
Lots of stuff today.
- Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reports that the Pirates and Diamondbacks are still discussing a trade that would involve Justin Upton and that he remains at the top of the team’s wish list as far as hitters go.
- Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune says that the Pirates and Orioles are two teams that seem to be pushing the hardest for acquiring Headley.
- The Denver Post states today that the Tigers, Rangers, and Pirates have all expressed interest in Rockies’ second baseman Marco Scutaro. This is the first we have heard his name in any conversations thus far. Scutaro, who if acquired, would become the team’s short stop, is hitting .275/.329/.367 with four homers in 88 games for Colorado. Nothing all too crazy there, but better than Barmes.
- The Pirates have also inquired about Royals’ All-Star Billy Butler. ESPN’s Jayson Stark reports the Pirates have thrown out some pretty low offers just trying to get a feel for things and apparently the Royals would have to be “blown away” to accept a deal for Butler.