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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.

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