Marlins Take Two Of Three In Series, Defeat Pirates 10-7

Pirates score five in the first inning, but are held to five hits total after that including two solo home runs in the 9th

Matt Harkins
September 06, 2019 - 12:01 am

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - 36 players were used Thursday night. 26 combined hits, 4 combined errors and the Miami Marlins rally from an early four run deficit to defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-7 to take two of the three games of this series.

It was a wild first inning Thursday night at PNC Park as the Marlins got on the board first on an RBI single by Neil Walker, but the Pirates answered right back in the bottom half of the inning.

Kevin Newman led off with a single followed by a Bryan Reynolds' two-run home run on the first pitch of his at-bat to put the Pirates in front 2-1.  Colin Moran then doubled, Josh Bell singled and after a Melky Cabrera fly out to right field, Pablo Reyes brought home Moran with an RBI double while Bell was thrown out on the play at home on a perfect throw from shallow left field.

Then craziness ensued after that in the inning as Adam Frazier than walked, Elias Diaz was hit by a pitch and Dario Agrazal hit a routine dribbler to second base with the bases loaded that should have ended the inning, but Marlins second baseman Isan Diaz threw the ball into the dugout and Reyes and Frazier would score on the play as a result and the Pirates would take a 5-1 lead into the second inning.

Harold Ramirez would lead off with a solo home run in the top of the second to cut the Pirates lead to 5-2.

The match-up everyone was waiting to see happen this series finally happened in the 4th inning when the Marlins brought in Brian Moran, Colin Moran's brother, for his major league debut and after getting Reynolds to groundout to shortstop, he struck out his brother looking with a breaking ball at the bottom part of the zone.

"A little bittersweet there, but he made a good pitch, I was looking heater, figured he'd come after me, but he made a good pitch on a 3-2 count," said Moran. "It's kind of crazy, kind of crazy I've never faced him my whole life, we've been four years a part and for it to happen on a big league mound for the first time is kind of wild. There's certain moments I feel like that happen up here that you just have to kind of take a step back and really appreciate how hard it is to get there and really enjoy the moment."

Pirates Starting Pitcher Dario Agrazal would battle his way into the fifth inning, but after giving up three runs he would turn the game over to the bullpen with one out in the fifth.

The final line for Agrazal Thursday night was 4.1 innings pitched while giving up nine hits, six runs (five earned), two walks and struck out one on 85 pitches (51 strikes).

Michael Feliz would relieve Agrazal with one out in the fifth and got the ground ball they needed, but it went off of Moran's glove at third and Jorge Alfaro would score the go ahead run when Elias Diaz could not hang on to the throw from Newman on the play.

The Pirates would get the strike them out, throw them out when Feliz struck out the next batter and on the throw down to second, Isan Diaz tried to score from third, but Newman got the ball back to Diaz in time, but the Marlins would take the 6-5 lead heading to the bottom of the fifth.

The Marlins would add two more runs in the sixth and two more in the eighth before the Pirates would cut into their lead with two solo home runs by Bryan Reynolds and Josh Bell in the bottom of the ninth.

In the race for the batting title, Bryan Reynolds went 2 for 5 Thursday night with two home runs and his batting average is now .333, which has him in second place in the National League behind Anthony Rendon of the Washington Nationals and his .338 batting average.

Reynolds became the third Pirates player to hit a home run from both sides of the plate in the same game, joining Bobby Bonilla and Dale Sveum.

"I've never done that before at any level I don't think, it's pretty cool coming off a few bad at-bats righty," said Reynolds. "It's a cool accomplishment, wish we would've won the game, but like you said it's a cool accomplishment."

The Pirates will open up a three game weekend series against the St.Louis Cardinals Friday night at 7:05 pm when they send Joe Musgrove (9-12, 4.67 ERA) to the mound against Miles Mikolas (8-13, 4.32 ERA) and the Cardinals at PNC Park.

Listen to what Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle had to say postgame with the media:

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