June 14: Pirates (34-34) 8, Marlins (34-33) 6
The Pittsburgh Pirates scored early and often to help their starter Charlie Morton earn the win in an 8-6 win versus the Miami Marlins on the road. Morton went seven strong innings, while Andrew McCutchen delivered three huge RBIs.
The Pirates got the scoring started early when Jordy Mercer led off the top of the second inning with a solo shot to left-center field. The Bucs would not relinquish that lead at any point in the game. Gregory Polanco delivered the second run of the game and the inning when he grounded into a force out and plated home Pedro Alvarez three batters later.
McCutchen delivered the big blow in the game in the top of the fourth frame. With two away in the frame, the All-Star righty belted his 11th home run of the season to left-center – a three-run shot.
Now up 5-0, the Pirates surrendered their first runs to Marlins in the next half inning when Marcell Ozuna triple home a run and J.T. Realmuto sent a runner home on an RBI ground out just one batter later.
Pittsburgh got those runs back, and then some, in the next half inning. Mercer knocked in his second run of the game when he doubled to right field two batters into the frame. Morton helped himself later in the inning when he contributed a sacrifice bunt to score Mercer from third. Polanco finished the scoring for the Bucs when he singled home Stewart later in the inning.
Morton kept the Marlins at bay through his seven innings and had the Bucs sitting in a comfortable position for most of the game.
It wasn’t the ninth that the Fish showed some signs of life. Miami got five hits – including a pair of two-run home runs from Ozuna and Jeff Baker, respectively – to pull within two. Closer Jason Grilli then came in to record the final out to earn the save and secure the win for Morton.
Morton improved to 4-7 with the win. He gave up just five hits and two runs in seven frames. He lowered his ERA to 3.09 and struck out six in the game.
On the other side, veteran Randy Wolf struggled through four frames. He gave up five runs and nine hits in his third loss of the season.