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Bucs overcome questionable call as Nady's single caps comeback

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PITTSBURGH -- A disputed call that went against them may have been exactly what the Pittsburgh Pirates needed to end a terrible slide.

Xavier Nady's two-run single completed a three-run Pirates comeback after a questionable call apparently cost them a run in the sixth inning, and Pittsburgh ended a six-game losing streak by beating Florida 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Paul Maholm (1-2) limited the Marlins to one run and four hits over six innings, ending a slide in which Pirates starting pitchers had an 11.38 ERA over the six games. The Marlins' three-game winning streak was also halted.

Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco (1-2) allowed only one hit, Maholm's single, over five shutout innings and appeared to get a break in the sixth when second base umpire Scott Barry called Nate McLouth out at second on a steal attempt. TV replays showed McLouth coming up from his pop-up slide, his foot on the base, before being tagged by second baseman Dan Uggla.

The call, argued briefly by manager John Russell, may have shaken the Pirates out of their slump. They responded with four consecutive two-out hits, with Freddy Sanchez and Jason Bay getting singles ahead of Ryan Doumit's game-tying RBI double.

"We could have rolled over there, but we came back with some pretty good at-bats," Russell said. "We've gone through some tough times, but hopefully this is what it takes to get out of it."

Nady ran his hitting streak to 10 games with a single that made it 3-1 and gave Maholm his first win in seven starts since beating Colorado on Aug. 23. The Pirates, outscored 58-16 during the losing streak, hadn't led since being ahead of the Cubs 1-0 in the second inning of a 3-2 loss Friday.

Nady wasn't angered by the call - he didn't watch the replay and didn't know at the time there was a dispute -- but he liked how the Pirates responded.

"It kind of got us going," he said. "It's the nature of the game, calls aren't always going to go your way. But it makes a competitor out of you and you have to bear down and battle."

Jorge Cantu homered leading off the seventh against reliever Tyler Yates, but the Marlins stranded runners on first and third when Hanley Ramirez was called out at first on a soft grounder to third. Ramirez appeared to beat Doug Mientkiewicz's bare-hand throw, prompting manager Fredi Gonzalez's ejection after he argued with umpire Mike Winters.

Gonzalez politely tiptoed around questions about the call -- he wouldn't say anything that might get him fined -- but Ramirez said it was obvious he was safe.

"That call, there's nothing I can do about it," said Ramirez, who didn't appear angry and didn't blame the call for costing Florida the game. "Everybody knows I was safe, but that's OK. This game, one call, you can go bad."

Or, in the Pirates' case, go good for a change.

Florida, which had been 5-0 in one-run games, scored in the first when Ramirez doubled and came home on Cantu's two-out single. Maholm held the Marlins held to two singles over the next five innings, but was lifted after throwing 93 pitches.

"I went out there with the attitude I was going to pitch well and we were going to win," Maholm said.

Pirates reliever John Grabow got out of a two-on, one-out jam created by Damaso Marte in the eighth. Matt Capps pitched the ninth for his fifth save in as many attempts, striking out Mike Rabelo and getting Ramirez to fly out after Jeremy Hermida reached second with one out.

McLouth's 19-game hitting streak was stopped when he went 0-for-2 with two walks, the first time this season he hasn't gotten a hit. The streak was the longest in the majors.

"It was a good run, but I said it wasn't important," he said. "What was important was we got good pitching and some timely hits and got a good win."

Notes

Gonzalez visited the Steelers' offseason workouts Tuesday and talked with coach Mike Tomlin. ... The Marlins have gone 201 games without a complete game. ... The Pirates didn't allow double-figure runs for the first time in four games. ... The Marlins won the season series 3-2, but have lost 16 of 25 in PNC Park. ... McLouth had a 20-game streak dating to last season.

 
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Pittsburgh

X. Nady
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
Florida

J. Cantu
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS5120003 .358
Dan Uggla, 2B4010022 .237
Mike Jacobs, 1B4000023 .286
Josh Willingham, LF3010111 .311
Jorge Cantu, 3B4132012 .338
Cody Ross, RF4000005 .158
Matt Treanor, C3000010 .211
   a- Jeremy Hermida, PH1010000 .250
Alfredo Amezaga, CF3010000 .295
Ricky Nolasco, P2000010 .167
   b- Luis Gonzalez, PH1010000 .206
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
   c- Mike Rabelo, PH1000011 .233
Totals35210219  
a-singled for Treanor in the 9th
b-singled for Nolasco in the 7th
c-struck out for Pinto in the 9th
Batting
2B - Hanley Ramirez (3, Maholm)
HR - Jorge Cantu (3, Yates)
SH - Alfredo Amezaga (2)
RBI - Jorge Cantu 2 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Jorge Cantu (4)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Hanley Ramirez (2, Misplayed grounder)
Florida Marlins
Ricky Nolasco (L,1-2) 6533240 5.91
Renyel Pinto 2100010 0.60
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 90-59, Renyel Pinto 37-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 5-8, Renyel Pinto 3-3
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 24, Renyel Pinto 8
Pittsburgh Pirates
Nate McLouth, CF2000200 .366
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4110002 .224
Jason Bay, LF4110001 .254
Ryan Doumit, C4121000 .333
Xavier Nady, RF4012022 .342
Adam LaRoche, 1B3000011 .117
Doug Mientkiewicz, 3B3000000 .194
Brian Bixler, SS3000020 .129
Paul Maholm, P2010000 .167
    Tyler Yates, P0000000 .000
   a- Ronny Paulino, PH1000000 .290
    Damaso Marte, P0000000 .000
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
    Matt Capps, P0000000 .000
Totals3036325  
a-grounded out for Yates in the 7th
Batting
2B - Ryan Doumit (2, Nolasco)
RBI - Ryan Doumit (7), Xavier Nady 2 (19)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Doumit (1), Xavier Nady 2 (9)
CS - Nate McLouth (3, 2nd base by Nolasco/Treanor)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Bixler-F. Sanchez-LaRoche
Pittsburgh Pirates
Paul Maholm (W,1-2) 6411160 4.22
Tyler Yates (H,3) 1311011 5.06
Damaso Marte (H,3) 0.1200000 10.57
John Grabow (H,2) 0.2000010 0.00
Matt Capps (S,5) 1100010 2.79
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Maholm 93-54, Tyler Yates 17-11, Damaso Marte 10-8, John Grabow 7-4, Matt Capps 14-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Maholm 7-4, Tyler Yates 2-0, Matt Capps 1-1
Batters Faced - Paul Maholm 22, Tyler Yates 6, Damaso Marte 3, John Grabow 2, Matt Capps 4
Game Information
Attendance - 10185
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Laz Diaz