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Ramirez's homer powers surging Marlins past Pirates

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MIAMI -- Hanley Ramirez wasted little time in starting a new RBI streak.

Ramirez homered and Andrew Miller pitched effectively into the seventh inning, leading the Florida Marlins to a 5-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night.

"Hanley is the type of player who can put the whole team on his back. He strings game after game of RBI together like I've never seen," said Dan Meyer, who pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his second save.

Ramirez's 10-game RBI streak was snapped Friday night.

Emilio Bonifacio had four hits and scored twice for Florida, which has won four of five.

Miller (3-4) allowed three runs, eight hits, one walk and struck out four. He held Pittsburgh hitless through the first four innings.

"I'm trying to attack hitters and get ahead in the count. That's what I've been focusing on and it's really been paying off for me," Miller said.

Andy LaRoche and Garrett Jones homered for Pittsburgh, which has dropped five of seven.

Zach Duke (8-7) gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings. He walked three, struck out five and fell to 0-4 in his last six road starts.

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Ramirez's two-run homer in the first gave Florida a 2-0 lead.

"He went and got an outside pitch and pulled it pretty far. That's why he's a special player," Duke said.

Ramirez's RBI streak was the longest by an NL shortstop since the stat began being kept officially in 1920.

"I'm just trying to stay focused and not worry about anything else. We have good momentum right now and we just want to keep our confidence up," Ramirez said.

Bonifacio led off with a bunt single. One out later, Ramirez hit his 14th home run and sixth in the last 12 games.

Florida went ahead 3-0 in the fourth. Dan Uggla and Cody Ross opened with singles before Ronny Paulino hit into a double-play to score Uggla.

LaRoche homered to left on Miller's first pitch of the fifth, and Jones homered on Miller's first pitch of the seventh to make it 4-3.

"Miller's a tough guy to figure out, being so tall and throwing across his body," LaRoche said.

Florida made it 4-2 in the sixth when Jorge Cantu scored on Dukes's wild pitch with the bases loaded, two outs and Miller batting.

"I thought Zach pitched well, other than the two-run homer and the wild pitch. Even with that, he gave us a chance," Pirates manager John Russell said.

The Marlins took a 5-3 lead in the seventh. Bonifacio tripled and scored when Ramirez hit into a double play.

Pittsburgh pulled to 3-2 in the sixth when Delwyn Young singled home Andrew McCutchen from second.

Notes

  • Pittsburgh 2B Freddy Sanchez (back tightness) was sidelined for a second straight day. He remained day to day.
  • Rehabbing Pirates C Ryan Doumit (right wrist) went 0 for 5 as the DH with Rookie level Bradenton (Gulf Coast League) on Saturday.
  • Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said RHP Matt Lindstrom (elbow sprain) and RHP Anibal Sanchez (shoulder sprain) will not accompany the team on the next road trip, which begins Monday in San Francisco. "They'll stay behind and work toward getting better," Gonzalez said.
  • Former cricket hurlers Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, who finished first and second in an India-based reality television show, made their professional pitching debuts Saturday for Bradenton. LHP Singh, winner of The Million Dollar Arm TV show, allowed one run and two hits in one inning. RHP Dinesh Patel pitched a scoreless inning with one strikeout.
 
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Hanley Ramirez blasts a two-run homer and has now driven in at least one run in 11 of 12 games.  (AP)
Hanley Ramirez blasts a two-run homer and has now driven in at least one run in 11 of 12 games. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

H. Ramirez
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Pittsburgh

A. LaRoche
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Pittsburgh Pirates
Andrew McCutchen, CF3110110 .294
Jack Wilson, SS4000012 .273
Delwyn Young, RF4021000 .322
Adam LaRoche, 1B4000032 .266
Garrett Jones, LF4111010 .250
Andy LaRoche, 3B4121020 .278
Robinzon Diaz, C4020001 .292
Ramon Vazquez, 2B3010002 .260
Zach Duke, P1000001 .258
   a- Steve Pearce, PH0000000 .143
   b- Brandon Moss, PH1000011 .263
    Evan Meek, P0000000 .000
    Jesse Chavez, P0000000 .000
Totals3239319  
a-announced for Duke in the 7th
b-struck out for Pearce in the 7th
Batting
2B - Delwyn Young (5, Sanches)
HR - Garrett Jones (2, Miller), Andy LaRoche (4, Miller)
SH - Zach Duke (9)
RBI - Delwyn Young (16), Garrett Jones (3), Andy LaRoche (34)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - J. Wilson-Vazquez-LaRoche, Meek-J. Wilson-LaRoche
Pittsburgh Pirates
Zach Duke (L,8-7) 6844351 3.28
Evan Meek 1111110 2.93
Jesse Chavez 1000100 3.31
WP - Zach Duke (1), Jesse Chavez (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Zach Duke 98-63, Evan Meek 21-13, Jesse Chavez 13-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Duke 5-6, Evan Meek 1-0, Jesse Chavez 1-2
Batters Faced - Zach Duke 27, Evan Meek 4, Jesse Chavez 4
Florida Marlins
Emilio Bonifacio, 3B4240000 .256
Jeremy Hermida, LF2000222 .252
    Alejandro De Aza, PR-LF0000000 .263
Hanley Ramirez, SS4122001 .346
Jorge Cantu, 1B4110012 .283
Dan Uggla, 2B4110001 .222
Cody Ross, CF2010200 .280
Ronny Paulino, C4000003 .256
Brett Carroll, RF3000101 .273
Andrew Miller, P3000032 .091
    Brian Sanches, P0000000 .000
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
    Dan Meyer, P0000000 .000
Totals3059256  
Batting
2B - Jorge Cantu (21, Duke)
3B - Emilio Bonifacio (4, Meek)
HR - Hanley Ramirez (14, Duke)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez 2 (60)
SB - Emilio Bonifacio (18, 2nd base off Duke/Diaz)
CS - Emilio Bonifacio (7, 3rd base by Duke/Diaz)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Bonifacio-Uggla-Cantu, Miller-Uggla-Cantu
Florida Marlins
Andrew Miller (W,3-4) 6.2833142 4.42
Brian Sanches (H,3) 1100030 1.37
Renyel Pinto (H,3) 0.1000010 3.10
Dan Meyer (S,2) 1000010 1.89
Pitches-Strikes - Andrew Miller 89-53, Brian Sanches 14-11, Renyel Pinto 6-4, Dan Meyer 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andrew Miller 8-5
Batters Faced - Andrew Miller 26, Brian Sanches 4, Renyel Pinto 1, Dan Meyer 3
Game Information
Attendance - 25303
Game Time - 2:35
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Tim Tschida, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Todd Tichenor, Third Base - Mark Carlson