MIAMI -- Jason Vargas' first major league win came as a bit of a surprise to him.
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."
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.
|Players of the Game|
|Matt Lawton, RF||4||0||1||0||1||1||1||.278|
|Chris Duffy, CF||4||0||3||1||0||1||1||.360|
|Jason Bay, LF||3||0||0||0||1||2||4||.293|
|Daryle Ward, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.261|
|Salomon Torres, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.500|
|a- Tike Redman, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.259|
|Brian Meadows, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Rob Mackowiak, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||2||2||.269|
|b- Freddy Sanchez, PH-3B||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.276|
|Jose Castillo, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.278|
|Humberto Cota, C||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.247|
|Jack Wilson, SS||2||1||1||0||2||1||0||.232|
|Zach Duke, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Ryan Vogelsong, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.200|
|Brad Eldred, 1B||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.154|
|a-flied out for Torres in the 8th|
|b-flied out for Mackowiak in the 6th|
|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|
|Ryan Vogelsong (L,0-1)||3.2||1||2||2||2||2||1||5.51|
|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|
|Juan Pierre, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.278|
|Luis Castillo, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.310|
|Carlos Delgado, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||2||1||.294|
|Miguel Cabrera, LF||3||0||1||0||1||0||2||.349|
|Chris Aguila, PR-LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.273|
|Paul Lo Duca, C||4||1||0||0||0||0||3||.302|
|Juan Encarnacion, RF||3||1||2||2||0||1||1||.294|
|Mike Lowell, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.236|
|Damion Easley, SS||2||1||1||1||1||0||0||.244|
|Ismael Valdez, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.000|
|Jason Vargas, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Antonio Alfonseca, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Lenny Harris, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.318|
|Guillermo Mota, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Todd Jones, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Alfonseca in the 7th|
|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|
|DP - Delgado-Lo Duca-Easley|
|Jason Vargas (W,1-0)||3||0||0||0||1||5||0||3.48|
|Antonio Alfonseca (H,1)||1||3||1||1||0||2||0||2.35|
|Guillermo Mota (H,7)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.20|
|Todd Jones (S,17)||1||0||0||0||1||2||0||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|
|Attendance - 21216|
|Game Time - 2:25|
|Temperature - 87|
|Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Mark Carlson|