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MIAMI -- The Florida Marlins had a couple of role players ready to be called upon.
Scott Cousins hit a grand slam for his first career home run, Brett Hayes added a three-run shot and the Florida Marlins beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-5 on Thursday night to finish off a three-game sweep.
"It feels very, very good," Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said. "When Pittsburgh came in, they were playing very well, so we were playing a very good team. We've been playing well, we've been scoring runs, we've been finding ways to get those runs in."
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"That's our job, we've got to be ready," Hayes said.
Cousins' shot to right-center field off James McDonald (0-2) gave Florida a 4-1 lead in the second inning.
"It was basically right down the middle," McDonald said.
Cousins also doubled later in the game and received shaving cream to the face during a post-game interview.
"Oh man, that was a great feeling," Cousins said. "A great feeling to get the home run out of the way and a grand slam to boot. It was pretty cool to help us get a sweep."
Hayes extended the lead to 8-1 in the third with his first home run of the season. Both of the home runs came off McDonald, who lasted just three innings.
"Three days in a row we dug big holes off the mound early," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.
"It felt good to get it out of the way and move on," Stanton said.
Pittsburgh cut the lead to 9-5 in the sixth inning before Matt Diaz grounded into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded as Hanley Ramirez dove to his left and flipped to Omar Infante, who tossed it to first to end the inning.
"Obviously that was a key part of the game," Pirates' Pedro Alvarez said. "If Hanley doesn't make that play, it might be a different story. He made a great play."
Alvarez homered, had three hits and drove in two runs as a positive for the Pirates.
"We're not looking to find little nuggets," Hurdle said. "We're looking to win ballgames. This is not a league where you try hard, this league you've got to do good."
|Players of the Game|
|Andrew McCutchen, CF||5||0||0||0||0||2||3||.212|
|Jose Tabata, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.270|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.239|
|Neil Walker, 2B||3||1||0||0||1||1||0||.250|
|Garrett Jones, RF||3||1||0||0||1||3||0||.255|
|Pedro Alvarez, 3B||4||2||3||2||0||0||0||.212|
|Chris Snyder, C||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.350|
|Josh Rodriguez, SS||3||0||1||1||0||2||0||.083|
|James McDonald, P||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.167|
|Daniel McCutchen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- John Bowker, PH||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||.231|
|Mike Crotta, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Matt Diaz, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.273|
|Jose Veras, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Joe Beimel, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Joel Hanrahan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Ryan Doumit, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.270|
|a-grounded out for D. McCutchen in the 5th|
|b-grounded into a double play for Crotta in the 6th|
|c-singled for Hanrahan in the 9th|
|2B - Pedro Alvarez (3, Volstad)|
|HR - Pedro Alvarez (1, Volstad)|
|RBI - Pedro Alvarez 2 (6), Chris Snyder (5), Josh Rodriguez (1), John Bowker (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Pedro Alvarez (3)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|E - Pedro Alvarez (5, Throwing)|
|James McDonald (L,0-2)||3||6||8||8||3||3||2||10.13|
|HBP - Bonifacio (by James McDonald)|
|Pitches-Strikes - James McDonald 72-47, Daniel McCutchen 16-9, Mike Crotta 21-14, Jose Veras 14-7, Joe Beimel 16-9, Joel Hanrahan 15-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James McDonald 4-2, Daniel McCutchen 3-0, Joel Hanrahan 3-0|
|Batters Faced - James McDonald 19, Daniel McCutchen 4, Mike Crotta 5, Jose Veras 3, Joe Beimel 3, Joel Hanrahan 3|
|Emilio Bonifacio, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.324|
|Omar Infante, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.214|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||3||0||0||1||1||1||0||.222|
|Gaby Sanchez, 1B||3||1||1||0||1||2||2||.328|
|Greg Dobbs, 3B||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.370|
|Clay Hensley, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Leo Nunez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mike Stanton, RF||2||3||1||1||2||0||0||.231|
|Scott Cousins, CF||4||2||2||4||0||1||0||.267|
|Brett Hayes, C||4||1||2||3||0||1||0||.600|
|Chris Volstad, P||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Randy Choate, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Webb, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mike Dunn, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Donnie Murphy, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.121|
|2B - Gaby Sanchez (5, D. McCutchen), Scott Cousins (1, McDonald), Brett Hayes (3, McDonald)|
|HR - Mike Stanton (1, Crotta), Scott Cousins (1, McDonald), Brett Hayes (1, McDonald)|
|RBI - Hanley Ramirez (7), Mike Stanton (4), Scott Cousins 4 (4), Brett Hayes 3 (4)|
|SB - Hanley Ramirez 2 (3, 2nd base off McDonald/Snyder, 2nd base off Veras/Snyder)|
|CS - Hanley Ramirez (3, 3rd base by Veras/Snyder)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - H. Ramirez-Infante-G. Sanchez|
|Chris Volstad (W,1-1)||5.1||4||5||5||3||5||1||6.60|
|HBP - Rodriguez (by Ryan Webb)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Volstad 86-47, Randy Choate 5-3, Ryan Webb 16-11, Mike Dunn 2-2, Clay Hensley 13-7, Leo Nunez 22-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Volstad 5-6, Ryan Webb 3-0, Mike Dunn 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Chris Volstad 23, Randy Choate 1, Ryan Webb 5, Mike Dunn 1, Clay Hensley 3, Leo Nunez 4|
|Attendance - 12308|
|Game Time - 2:46|
|Temperature - 80|
|Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Todd Tichenor, Third Base - Gerry Davis|