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PITTSBURGH -- Alex Sanabia didn't change anything about his approach when he found out he would be facing a major league team instead of starting against one from the Pacific Coast League.
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"That's why he's up here," Sanchez said of Sanabia after the Marlins won their third straight. "He went out there and shut them down."
Sanabia (2-1) allowed one run, struck out five and walked none in his fifth career start. The right-hander was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans on Wednesday night after Sean West was scratched from his start due to right knee inflammation.
Sanabia was 6-1 with a 1.92 ERA in 16 minor-league starts this season. He has allowed one run or less in four of his five starts for the Marlins.
"I'm keeping things the same," said Sanabia, a 32nd-round draft pick in 2006. "When I'm up here, I'm still doing the same I do [in the minors]. I'm not changing anything."
"[Sanabia] was outstanding," Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said. "He was in New Orleans ready to start, and 24 hours later he's pitching seven shutout innings.
"He was throwing strikes with his changeup and slider. His slider looked so much better the second time around [in the majors], and his fastball and all his pitches were around the plate."
McCutchen's homer was his third in four games for Pittsburgh (40-81). The Pirates' next defeat will ensure an 18th straight losing season, extending their record among all major North American professional sports.
"You just gotta stay positive, you know?" McCutchen said. "You just gotta keep going and keep moving."
Emilio Bonifacio walked and Logan Morrison singled ahead of Sanchez's first homer since July 30, a drive to center on a 1-2 pitch in Florida's four-run sixth to break a scoreless tie. Wes Helms added a two-out RBI single.
"The leadoff walk really hurt," Pirates manager John Russell said. "In a game like that, anytime you give up baserunners, it's not something you're looking for."
Pittsburgh starter Paul Maholm (7-12) left with two outs in Florida's big inning and was charged with four runs and eight hits. The left-hander has lost five of his past six starts, allowing 29 earned runs in 32 1/3 innings over the dismal stretch.
Pittsburgh has lost of 10 of 11 and 21 of 27 and owns baseball's worst record. The Pirates scored four runs over the final three games of the series.
"When the other guy's putting up zeros, you've got to put up zeros," Maholm said. "That's how it is right now. Would you love for the offense to bust out and put up eight? Sure, but it's not happening right now, unfortunately. I need to make some pitches, and I didn't do it."
|Gaby Sanchez's three-run HR is the big blow as the Marlins take three of four from the reeling Pirates. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Emilio Bonifacio, SS||4||1||0||0||1||1||4||.226|
|Logan Morrison, LF||3||1||1||0||2||0||0||.289|
|Gaby Sanchez, 1B||4||1||1||3||0||1||3||.284|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.293|
|Mike Stanton, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.266|
|Cody Ross, CF||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.261|
|Wes Helms, 3B||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.225|
|Ronny Paulino, C||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.259|
|Alex Sanabia, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Clay Hensley, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Chad Tracy, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.232|
|Leo Nunez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Hensley in the 9th|
|2B - Cody Ross (23, Maholm)|
|HR - Gaby Sanchez (13, Maholm)|
|SH - Alex Sanabia (2)|
|RBI - Gaby Sanchez 3 (58), Wes Helms (23)|
|2-OUT RBI - Wes Helms (7)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - G. Sanchez|
|Alex Sanabia (W,2-1)||7.2||4||1||1||0||5||0||3.77|
|Clay Hensley (H,19)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.78|
|Leo Nunez (S,28)||1||2||1||1||0||2||1||3.16|
|Pitches-Strikes - Alex Sanabia 85-61, Clay Hensley 4-3, Leo Nunez 20-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alex Sanabia 7-10, Leo Nunez 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Alex Sanabia 26, Clay Hensley 1, Leo Nunez 5|
|Andrew McCutchen, CF||4||1||1||1||0||0||1||.278|
|Jose Tabata, LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.300|
|Neil Walker, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.297|
|Garrett Jones, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||3||1||.253|
|Pedro Alvarez, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.245|
|Ryan Doumit, RF||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||.249|
|Chris Snyder, C||3||1||1||0||0||1||0||.226|
|Argenis Diaz, SS||3||0||2||1||0||0||0||.280|
|Paul Maholm, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.106|
|Sean Gallagher, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Andy LaRoche, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.223|
|Wil Ledezma, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Daniel McCutchen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.091|
|b- Delwyn Young, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.244|
|Joel Hanrahan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Gallagher in the 6th|
|b-struck out for D. McCutchen in the 8th|
|2B - Chris Snyder (9, Sanabia), Argenis Diaz (1, Sanabia)|
|HR - Andrew McCutchen (12, Nunez)|
|SH - Paul Maholm (4)|
|RBI - Andrew McCutchen (36), Argenis Diaz (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Argenis Diaz (1)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|DP - Alvarez-Walker-G. Jones|
|Paul Maholm (L,7-12)||5.2||8||4||4||2||2||1||4.92|
|HBP - Sanabia (by Paul Maholm)|
|WP - Wil Ledezma (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Paul Maholm 90-55, Sean Gallagher 7-5, Wil Ledezma 21-12, Daniel McCutchen 9-7, Joel Hanrahan 12-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Maholm 9-5, Joel Hanrahan 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Paul Maholm 27, Sean Gallagher 1, Wil Ledezma 4, Daniel McCutchen 3, Joel Hanrahan 3|
|Attendance - 15783|
|Game Time - 2:30|
|Temperature - 85|
|Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Tom Hallion|