User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Pirates hold off Marlins, 4-3

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Miami reliever Mike Dunn went through the heart of the Pittsburgh Pirates order in the eighth inning on Tuesday night, bailing out teammate Chad Qualls by striking out the NL's leading home run hitter and getting a three-time All-Star to hit into a double play.

Advertisement
Dunn was undone by a utility player still fighting for a roster spot.

Josh Harrison took Dunn's third pitch of the ninth inning and drove it into the first row of season in right-center field to lift the Pirates to a 4-3 victory.

``Initially, I didn't think it was high enough to go out but it carried and it was a home run,'' Dunn said. ``It was a good job on his part.''

And a familiar refrain for the Marlins.

Dunn (2-3) was still in the game in the ninth because Miami manager Mike Redmond wanted to force Pittsburgh to go to its light-hitting bench. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle obliged by sending the right-handed Harrison to pinch hit against the lefthanded Marlins reliever.

The result was the one of the more improbable losses of Miami's underwhelming season.

``I get so tired of talking about the same old stuff,'' Redmond said. ``We've played that game right there I don't know how many times this season. We've been on the winning end of some but we've been on the losing end of many of them.''

Bryan Morris (5-4) pitched a perfect top of the ninth for the victory. The Pirates have won three straight and are a season-high 24 games over .500 (68-44).

Neil Walker had three hits for Pittsburgh. Andrew McCutchen had two hits, including a two-run double.

Donovan Solano went 3 for 5 for the Marlins but Miami left 11 runners on base while letting an early 3-0 lead slip away.

``We couldn't get that hit we needed to get some breathing room,'' he said.

The Marlins certainly had their chances. The best came in the seventh when they put two on with one out. Adieny Hechavarria hit a sinking liner to center off Pirates reliever Vin Mazzaro, but centerfielder Andrew McCutchen made a spectacular diving grab to save at least one run.

Miami had the bases loaded later in the inning when Jeff Mathis rocketed a ball of Mazzaro that landed inches foul. Mathis later fouled out and the Marlins didn't manage another baserunner the rest of the night.

Things appeared ready to fall apart in the bottom of the eight when a walk, an infield hit, a wild pitch and an intentional walk by Qualls loaded the bases with no outs. Dunn came on and struck out Pedro Alvarez - whose 27 homers lead the NL - and got catcher Russell Martin to hit into a double play.

It just wasn't enough.

``That was a great job of Dunn getting out of that situation in the eighth,'' Redmond said. ``That's too bad, man. It's a tough ending for him.''

Miami turned three singles - none of them sharply hit - into a run in the second off Pittsburgh starter Jeff Locke then added two more in the third behind four straight singles to start the inning. The Marlins, however, couldn't pile on and Locke eventually settled down. The lefthander allowed three runs on nine hits in 5 2-3 innings, walking three and striking out four as his ERA ticked up to 2.47.

Henderson Alvarez handcuffed the Pirates in their previous meeting, limiting Pittsburgh to just two hits in six innings of a victory two weeks ago. The Pirates, however, briefly figured him out in the third. McCutchen doubled off the wall to drive in two runs and Pedro Alvarez followed with his first triple of the year to tie it.

The Pirates never threatened against the Miami starter again, and Alvarez left after seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits, striking out six while not issuing a walk.

NOTES: Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said LHP Francisco Liriano deserves to be in the NL Cy Young conversation. Liriano is 12-4 with a 2.02 ERA in 16 starts and was named the NL Player of the Week after picking up two victories between July 29-Aug. 4 ... The series continues on Wednesday when Pittsburgh's Charlie Morton (3-3, 4.07 ERA) faces Tom Koehler (3-6, 4.34). Morton gave up five runs in six innings of a loss to St. Louis in his previous start. Koehler pitched six shutout innings against the Mets in a win last Thursday.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2016
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Rogers: Wednesday's Diamond Notes
Akins: Diamond Trends - Wednesday
Lawrence: August Pitchers Report
McHugh leads Astros over Pirates
Orioles put Tillman on disabled list
Red Sox 3B Sandoval starts drills
Angels' closer Street season over
Ledecky throwing out first pitch in D.C.
Rangers put Josh Hamilton on waivers
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
11-5 L2 Days, 15-6 G-Plays, +5,962
3-0 L3 G-Plays, +8,330 This Year
7-1 +615 L8, 10-3 L13 Win Streak
10-5 Last 15 Guarantees
24-10 L34 Totals, +1,594 Picks TY
6-1 L7 G-Plays, +2,769 Overall
3-0, +362 Last Night
2-0 Y'day, 15-6 L21 Guarantees
9-5 L14 G-Plays, +4,943 TY
7-3 +422 L5 Days, 10-4 G-Plays
26-12 L38 MLB Selections
5-2 L7 Guaranteed Plays
3-0 Yesterday, 5-1 L6 Totals
5-1 Guaranteed Streak
MLB Pro Baseball Expert Sports Picks- Kansas City Royals at Miami Marlins
2016 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 8330
Antony Dinero + 5962
Jim Feist + 4943
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 2973
Bruce Marshall + 2228
Jim Feist + 1819
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 4286
Micah Roberts + 3451
NeiltheGreek + 2102
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 3634
Jim Feist + 3187
Micah Roberts + 3030
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Jim Feist + 2458
Antony Dinero + 2440
James Manos + 2264
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bill Marzano + 1906
Micah Roberts + 1860
NeiltheGreek + 1793
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership