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Charlie Morton Fans Nine, But Pirates Lose To Marlins, 2-0

Sports Network | October 2, 2010


Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Chad Tracy and Mike Stanton each drove in a run, as the Florida Marlins handled the Pittsburgh Pirates, 2-0, in the third test of a four-game series at Sun Life Stadium.

Jorge Sosa got the emergency start in place of Alex Sanabia, who was scratched due to right elbow stiffness. Sosa gave up five hits over four scoreless innings. Brian Sanches (2-2) tossed two shutout innings of relief to pick up the win.

Charlie Morton (2-12) went six frames in the start for the Pirates, allowing two runs on four hits. He also fanned a career-high nine batters and walked one to take the hard-luck loss.

The Pirates loaded the bases with one out in the second inning, but Morton struck out and Andrew McCutchen flied out.

Florida broke the scoreless tie in the fourth. Osvaldo Martinez singled, Logan Morrison doubled, and Gaby Sanchez walked to load the bases with one out. Stanton followed with an RBI single, and Tracy's sacrifice fly made it 2-0.

The Marlins' bullpen took control from there. Sanches pitched a perfect fifth and sixth, Jose Veras retired the side in order in the seventh, Leo Nunez tossed a scoreless eighth, and Clay Hensley pitched a scoreless ninth to secure the win.

Pittsburgh put men on second and third with two outs in the ninth, but Hensley struck out pinch-hitter Ryan Doumit to record his sixth save.

The Marlins took three of four at Pittsburgh from August 16-19 and have won seven of the last nine meetings between the clubs...Pittsburgh's Pedro Alvarez had homered in back-to-back games...Pirates rookie outfielder Jose Tabata saw his 14-game hitting streak come to an end...The Pirates have recorded at least one extra-base hit in a season-high 44 consecutive games, their longest such streak since doing so in 44 straight games in 2008...Morton fell to 2-2 lifetime against the Marlins.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.