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Marlins 3, Pirates 1

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MIAMI -- Jason Vargas' first major league win came as a bit of a surprise to him.

Vargas pitched three scoreless innings following a second rain delay and Juan Encarnacion and Damion Easley homered, leading the Florida Marlins over the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 on Wednesday night.

Vargas (1-0), who allowed a one-out walk to Matt Lawton in the fifth, retired nine of the 10 batters he faced in his fourth appearance since being called up from Double-A Carolina on July 14.

"It hasn't sunk in yet. I didn't realize I was going to get the win until someone said something," Vargas said. "It's a unique feeling, it's only happened once."

He struck out five of the first six batters he faced after taking over from starter Ismael Valdez.

"He's been outstanding since he's been here," Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. "He's something special. Of all the kids we've brought up, he's something special."

Encarnacion hit his 15th homer, a two-run shot in the fourth, off Ryan Vogelsong (0-1). Easley hit a solo shot, his eighth, off Salomon Torres in the seventh.

"It always feels good to contribute," said Easley, who made his fourth consecutive start in place of injured shortstop Alex Gonzalez. "When I'm in there they count on me to help out and I'm glad to have been able to do that."

Pirates rookie Chris Duffy had three hits, including an RBI single in the seventh. Duffy, who went 4-for-5 in Pittsburgh's 6-3 win on Tuesday, singled and tripled in his first two at-bats to give him six consecutive hits.

"I'm just trying not to think too much," Duffy said. "I'm trying to be relaxed and it's working out."

Todd Jones pitched the ninth for his 17th save in 19 opportunities.

Florida won for the fifth time in seven games. The Marlins, who had lost eight of their nine previous meetings with the Pirates, used Antonio Alfonseca -- who allowed three hits, including Duffy's RBI single -- Guillermo Mota and Jones for an inning apiece following Vargas.

"This is the way we envisioned using the bullpen," said McKeon, who had a 10-minute meeting following the game that included owner Jeffrey Loria and GM Larry Beinfest. "With Mota out and Alfonseca out we haven't been able to. Hopefully everyone will be able to stay healthy, and maybe we get one more guy and we can keep using the bullpen this way."

The game started 40 minutes late as a result of a pregame downpour that caused puddles to form in the outfield of the normally quick-draining Dolphins Stadium turf.

Neither starter returned after a second shower interrupted the game for 42 minutes midway through the third.

"Any time you lose your starter it's going to hurt you, and certainly tonight it was very disappointing," Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McClendon said.

Pirates rookie left-hander Zach Duke pitched two scoreless innings, lowering his ERA from 0.93 to 0.87, but didn't return after the second delay.

"I was a little anxious," Duke said of the wait. "I want to go out there and I want to compete but they're just trying to protect my arm."

Valdez allowed four hits in three innings in his first start of the season. He allowed one run in two relief innings after he returned from a hairline fracture of his right fibula

"I feel fine physically," Valdez said. "If it hadn't been for the weather, I could have gone longer. It was a good workout. The bottom line is we won. We needed this game. Everybody contributed tonight."

Notes

Torres, catcher Humberto Cota and third baseman Freddy Sanchez looked on in the seventh as Mike Lowell's popup to the left of home plate landed just inside the third base line before the ball rolled foul. Lowell hit Torres' next pitch into the left-field corner and was initially ruled safe when he reached around second baseman Jose Castillo's tag to grab the base but was out when he overslid. ... Marlins first baseman Carlos Delgado went 0-for-3 with a walk to end a 12-game hitting streak. ... Marlins pitchers combined for 13 strikeouts.

 
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Players of the Game
Florida

J. Encarnacion
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Florida

D. Easley
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Pittsburgh Pirates
Matt Lawton, RF4010111 .278
Chris Duffy, CF4031011 .360
Jason Bay, LF3000124 .293
Daryle Ward, 1B3000013 .261
    Salomon Torres, P0000000 .500
   a- Tike Redman, PH1000000 .259
    Brian Meadows, P0000000 .000
Rob Mackowiak, 3B2000022 .269
   b- Freddy Sanchez, PH-3B2000000 .276
Jose Castillo, 2B4010010 .278
Humberto Cota, C4010020 .247
Jack Wilson, SS2110210 .232
Zach Duke, P1000001 .000
    Ryan Vogelsong, P1000010 .200
    Brad Eldred, 1B2000012 .154
Totals3317141314 
a-flied out for Torres in the 8th
b-flied out for Mackowiak in the 6th
Batting
2B - Humberto Cota (11, Valdez)
3B - Chris Duffy (1, Valdez)
RBI - Chris Duffy (3)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Duffy (3)
SB - Matt Lawton (16, 2nd base off Vargas/Lo Duca), Jason Bay (7, 2nd base off Valdez/Lo Duca)
Team LOB - 9
Pittsburgh Pirates
Zach Duke 2200110 0.87
Ryan Vogelsong (L,0-1) 3.2122221 5.51
Salomon Torres 1.1211021 3.96
Brian Meadows 1100000 4.85
IBB - Easley by Zach Duke
Pitches-Strikes - Zach Duke 29-17, Ryan Vogelsong 57-34, Salomon Torres 15-13, Brian Meadows 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Duke 5-0, Ryan Vogelsong 3-6, Brian Meadows 2-1
Batters Faced - Zach Duke 9, Ryan Vogelsong 14, Salomon Torres 5, Brian Meadows 4
Florida Marlins
Juan Pierre, CF4000000 .278
Luis Castillo, 2B4010010 .310
Carlos Delgado, 1B3000121 .294
Miguel Cabrera, LF3010102 .349
    Chris Aguila, PR-LF0000000 .273
Paul Lo Duca, C4100003 .302
Juan Encarnacion, RF3122011 .294
Mike Lowell, 3B3010000 .236
Damion Easley, SS2111100 .244
Ismael Valdez, P1000002 .000
    Jason Vargas, P1000000 .250
    Antonio Alfonseca, P0000000 .000
   a- Lenny Harris, PH1000010 .318
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
    Todd Jones, P0000000 .000
Totals29363359 
a-struck out for Alfonseca in the 7th
Batting
2B - Miguel Cabrera (29, Meadows), Mike Lowell (28, Torres)
HR - Juan Encarnacion (15, Vogelsong), Damion Easley (8, Torres)
RBI - Juan Encarnacion 2 (62), Damion Easley (23)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Delgado-Lo Duca-Easley
Florida Marlins
Ismael Valdez 3400240 1.80
Jason Vargas (W,1-0) 3000150 3.48
Antonio Alfonseca (H,1) 1311020 2.35
Guillermo Mota (H,7) 1000000 4.20
Todd Jones (S,17) 1000120 1.45
IBB - J. Wilson by Ismael Valdez
Pitches-Strikes - Ismael Valdez 63-37, Jason Vargas 45-28, Antonio Alfonseca 17-12, Guillermo Mota 10-6, Todd Jones 14-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ismael Valdez 2-2, Guillermo Mota 1-2, Todd Jones 1-0
Batters Faced - Ismael Valdez 14, Jason Vargas 10, Antonio Alfonseca 6, Guillermo Mota 3, Todd Jones 4
Game Information
Attendance - 21216
Game Time - 2:25
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Mark Carlson