Pirates Vs. Marlins: Bucs Complete Sweep With 3-0 Win

A strong start by Jeff Karstens and timely hitting from Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez propelled the Bucs to their fifth straight win.

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Marlins Vs. Pirates Recap: Bucs Complete Sweep With 3-0 Win

The Pittsburgh Pirates continued to roll at home, wrapping up a sweep and extended their win streak to five games with a 3-0 win over the Miami Marlins at PNC Park Sunday.

Jeff Karstens had another solid start for the Pirates, going seven innings allowing just five hits and two walks. Jared Hughes and Joel Hanrahan each pitched clean innings to preserve the victory.

The Pirates offense was quiet for most of the afternoon after Andrew McCutchen hit an RBI single to make the score 1-0. McCutchen had another great day at the plate, going 2-for-4 to stay in the lead in the NL batting race.

After a lull through the middle innings, the Pirates were able to get the big hit they needed to put the game away, as Pedro Alvarez's 22nd home run of the year was the decisive blow, making the score 3-0.

The Pirates begin a three-game series with the Cubs at home on Monday.

For more on the Pittsburgh Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout. For the latest on the Miami Marlins, visit Fish Stripes.

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Marlins Vs. Pirates Lineups: Anibal Sanchez, Jeff Karstens Face Off As Bucs Go For Sweep

The Pirates go for a sweep of the Florida Marlins Sunday at 1:35. Jordy Mercer, who tripled in Saturday's game, gets a rare start as Anibal Sanchez faces Jeff Karstens.

Sanchez allowed five runs in 5.1 innings against the Giants in his last start, although he struck out seven. He dominated the Nationals in his start before that, but prior to that he allowed seven runs against the Braves. He leads the Marlins with 102 strikeouts this year. In 114 innings, he has walked 33 batters.

Karstens has had four starts, two good and two rocky, since returning from the disabled list in late June.

Here are the lineups.

Marlins:

Jose Reyes SS
Emilio Bonifacio CF
Carlos Lee 1B
Logan Morrison LF
Justin Ruggiano RF
Greg Dobbs 3B
Omar Infante 2B
Brett Hayes C
Anibal Sanchez P

Pirates:

Alex Presley LF
Neil Walker 2B
Andrew McCutchen CF
Garrett Jones RF
Casey McGehee 1B
Pedro Alvarez 3B
Michael McKenry C
Jordy Mercer SS
Jeff Karstens P

For more on the Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout. For more on the Marlins, there's Fish Stripes.

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Pirates Vs. Marlins: Four-Run Fourth Powers Pittsburgh To 5-1 Win

The Pittsburgh Pirates are now 13 games over .500. Facing the Miami Marlins at PNC Park on Saturday night, Pittsburgh grabbed a 5-1 win thanks, in large part, to seven and two-third strong innings from starting pitcher A.J. Burnett. The right-hander allowed eight hits and struck outs just three batters, but he got outs and allowed one run to help Pittsburgh notch the victory.

Most of the Pirates' scoring came during the fourth inning when they added four runs. Right fielder Garrett Jones would lead the way, as he finished with two RBIs and Alex Presley added two scored runs. The Pirates now have the majors' best home record at 31-14 overall. They have also won seven of their last 10 games and remain half a game behind the Cincinnati Reds in the N.L. Central standings.

The series finale against the Marlins is scheduled for Sunday at 1:35 p.m. EST.

For more on the Pittsburgh Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout. For the latest on the Miami Marlins, visit Fish Stripes.

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Pirates Vs. Marlins Score Update: Pittsburgh, Miami Tied At One After Three Innings

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins are knotted at one apiece following three innings at PNC Park.

The Pirates put one run up on the scoreboard early after fight fielder Garrett Jones' groundout scored leadoff man Alex Presley during the bottom of the first inning.

Thus far, Pittsburgh starting pitcher A.J. Burnett has tossed 42 pitches over the course of three innings, walking one batter and surrendering three hits and one earned run -- a solo homer from Justin Ruggiano to right field in the third inning. The right-handered gave up four runs and nine hits over seven innings during his last outing on Sunday -- a 4-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

On Friday night, Pittsburgh took the series opener by a final score of 4-3, giving it its 14th win in its last 19 contests.

For more on the Pittsburgh Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout. For the latest on the Miami Marlins, visit FIsh Stripes.

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Marlins Vs. Pirates Lineup: Pittsburgh Manager Clint Hurdle Keeps Things The Same

The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially released the lineups for Saturday's contest against the Miami Marliins via the team's Twitter feed:

Manager Clint Hurdle is going with the same lineup that has won the Bucs their last two ball games:

Alex Presley - LF
Neil Walker - 2B
Andrew McCutchen - CF
Garrett Jones - RF
Casey McGehee - 1B
Pedro Alvarez - 3B
Rod Barajas - C
Clint Barmes - SS
A.J. Burnett - P

On Friday night, the Pirates got run contribution from Walker, Jones, Alvarez and Barmes who accounted for the four runs that Pittsburgh put on the scoreboard. The aforementioned Alvarez hit his third homerun in the last four games, with five of his last seven at-bats resulting in deep balls over the fences.

The Marlins have yet to release their lineups.

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Marlins Vs. Pirates: Bucs Try To Keep Winning Streak Going Against Struggling Carlos Zambrano

The Pirates will try to keep a three-game winning streak going in their next matchup against the Colorado Rockies Saturday night at 7:05.

The Pirates defeated the Marlins 4-3 Friday, with Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez hitting homers. On Saturday, they'll look for more of the same as Carlos Zambrano faces A.J. Burnett.

Zambrano has allowed three or more earned runs in each of his last seven starts. An ongoing problem with walks has contributed to that trend -- Zambrano is fourth in the majors in walks with 57 (behind Edinson Volquez, Ubaldo Jimenez and Ricky Romero and tied with Yu Darvish), and he's allowed at least two walks in every start going back to May 13. He's had more and more problems as the season has gone on, posting ERAs of 3.24 and 2.85 in April and May and 7.23 and 4.76 in June and July.

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Marlins Vs. Pirates Recap: Neil Walker Homer, Bullpen Clinch 4-3 Win

The Pittsburgh Pirates opened their weekend series against the Miami Marlins with a 4-3 win at PNC Park on Friday night. The Marlins are a desperate team, scuffling over the past six weeks in their debut season with Ozzie Guillen and a stable of free agent acquisitions. They're now on the brink of becoming potential sellers at the deadline, making this series in Pittsburgh that much more important for them.

But the Bucs' pitching staff held the Fish lineup at bay, as starter Kevin Correia and the bullpen limited Miami to just three runs. Correia went five innings and allowed all three runs on eight hits. Chris Resop, Jared Hughes, and Jason Grilli all combined for three scoreless innings to get the ball to Joel Hanrahan in the ninth. The Bucs' closer had a little bit of an adventure protecting the one-run lead in the ninth, but after two singles, he ended the threat and finished off the game with back-to-back strikeouts.

On offense, the longball proved to be the difference with a solo homer from Neil Walker providing the winning run. After Miami put two runs on the board in the top of the first, Pittsburgh responded with a rally of their own against Ricky Nolasco. Garrett Jones singled home Alex Presley but the threat would end with Walker on third as Casey McGehee and Pedro Alvarez fanned and failed to put the ball in play.

The Bucs would get two more, however, in the bottom of the fourth to even things up at 3-3. Alvarez ripped a Nolasco offering over the right-field fence and Rod Barajas followed that up with a an extra base hit of his own -- a ground-rule double smashed to left. Clint Barmes came through in the clutch to tie things up and bring home Barajas on a single to left-center.

With the game even at 3-3, Walker stepped into the box one inning later and led off with a solo shot to right that traveled a foot shy of 400 feet. The bullpen would take if from there and make the one-run lead hold up.

For more on the Pittsburgh Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout. For the latest on the Miami Marlins, visit FIsh Stripes.

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Marlins Vs. Pirates: Hanley Ramirez Out Of Lineup With Infected Hand

The Pittsburgh Pirates return home for the first time after the All-Star break, and begin the first half of a six-game homestand with a weekend series against the Miami Marlins. The Marlins will be without third baseman Hanley Ramirez, who was taken to the hospital after a hand injury from punching a fan (the temperature-control device, not a person) in St. Louis was showing signs of being infected. He is being replaced by Greg Dobbs. As for the Pirates, there are hardly any changes from the lineup previous series with Colorado.

Here are the lineups for Friday's contest.

Miami Marlins

Jose Reyes SS
Emilio Bonifacio CF
Carlos Lee 1B
Logan Morrison LF
Justin Ruggiano RF
Greg Dobbs 3B
Omar Infante 2B
John Buck C
Ricky Nolasco P

Pittsburgh Pirates

Alex Presley LF
Neil Walker 2B
Andrew McCutchen CF
Garrett Jones RF
Casey McGehee 1B
Pedro Alvarez 3B
Rod Barajas C
Clint Barmes SS
Kevin Correia P

For more on the Pittsburgh Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout. For the latest on the Miami Marlins, visit FIsh Stripes.

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Marlins Vs. Pirates: Bucs To Face Ricky Nolasco, Carlos Zambrano And Anibal Sanchez In Upcoming Series

The Marlins have gotten less than they expected from a series of high-profile acquisitions this year.

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