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Pittsburgh (34-34) «0203300008180
Miami (34-33)0002000046100

McCutchen HRs as Bucs top Miami, get back to .500

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MIAMI -- Boosted by a torrid stretch at the plate, the Pittsburgh Pirates have returned to .500 again. Judging by the hitting and pitching they got on Saturday, they could have a winning record soon.

Andrew McCutchen hit a three-run homer and Jody Mercer also went deep, leading the Pirates to an 8-6 victory over the Miami Marlins.

Josh Harrison and Chris Stewart had three hits apiece, and the Pirates finished with 18 overall in their sixth consecutive game in double digits. Touted rookie Gregory Polanco had two hits and two RBIs.

"When you put people on base, you can do a lot," McCutchen said. "Getting on the board first definitely helps us. We've got a lot of guys swinging the bat, basically from one to nine."

The Pirates (34-34) have won four straight and five of six to get back to .500 for the first time since they were 8-8 following a victory over Milwaukee on April 17.

"You believe in the talent and you believe in the guys on the team," Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. "You just dig in and you go. These guys have been resilient in challenging times."

Pittsburgh right-hander Charlie Morton (4-7) pitched seven effective innings for his third consecutive win. He allowed two runs and five hits to improve to 4-1 with a 2.40 ERA in his last five starts.

"It's nothing special, nothing different," Morton said. "I just go out there and do my job."

Marcell Ozuna and Jeff Baker each hit a two-run homer for Miami in the ninth. Jason Grilli then replaced Stolmy Pimentel and allowed a single to Rafael Furcal before retiring Chris Johnson for his 10th save in 13 opportunities.

In the series opener Friday, the Pirates a squandered a 6-2 lead in the ninth and needed 13 innings for an 8-6 win.

"It's nice to get a win though," Mercer said. "That's all that matters. As long as we're on top in the end with the third out, we'll take it."

Mercer hit a leadoff home in the second and McCutchen connected in the fourth, making it 5-0 with a drive to left for his 11th of the season.

McCutchen extended his hitting streak to 10 games. He is hitting .439 (18 for 41) in June.

"I'm just getting pitches to hit and I'm hitting them," he said.

Marlins starter Randy Wolf (1-3) allowed five runs and nine hits in four innings.

"It was embarrassingly bad," Wolf said. "It's frustrating to physically feel fine but not have command of your pitches. The only thing you can do is get better, but, right now, it's frustrating."

McCutchen also made a sliding catch to rob Furcal of a base hit in the fifth. Furcal is 1 for 11 since rejoining the Marlins on Friday from hamstring and groin injuries that sidelined him for the team's first 65 games.

Ozuna had a run-scoring triple in Miami's two-run fourth, but Pittsburgh added three more in the fifth. Mercer doubled home a run against Kevin Slowey and Morton helped himself with a run-scoring sacrifice squeeze. Polanco added a run-scoring single for an 8-2 lead.

"Give our offense credit for coming back there at the end," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "It continues to show the character of our guys - they don't quit."

Notes

Harrison missed the last two games because of left ankle discomfort. ... Pittsburgh called up veteran RHP Vance Worley from Triple-A Indianapolis so he can start on Sunday against Miami. Worley, 26, will be making his debut with the Pirates, who acquired him on March 25 from the Twins for cash considerations. He has a career record of 19-18 with a 4.05 ERA while pitching parts of three seasons with the Phillies and last year with the Twins. ... RHP Henderson Alvarez is Miami's scheduled starter for Sunday's series finale ... Marlins LF Christian Yelich got the day off after he left Friday's game in the first inning with a lower-back injury. The Marlins are hoping he can return in a day or two.

 
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Andrew McCutchen laucnhes a three-run homer against the Marlins, one of 18 hits for the Pirates. (USATSI)
Andrew McCutchen laucnhes a three-run homer against the Marlins, one of 18 hits for the Pirates. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

A. McCutchen
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Miami

M. Ozuna
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gregory Polanco, RF5122100 .385
Starling Marte, LF5020024 .261
Andrew McCutchen, CF4123112 .323
Gaby Sanchez, 1B3010103 .250
   a-Ike Davis, PH-1B1000000 .246
Josh Harrison, 2B5130004 .298
   Clint Barmes, 2B0000000 .239
Jordy Mercer, SS5222003 .230
Pedro Alvarez, 3B5120024 .235
Chris Stewart, C4230001 .266
Charlie Morton, P2011000 .048
   Stolmy Pimentel, P1000010 .000
   Jason Grilli, P0000000 .000
Totals40818836  
a-grounded out for G. Sanchez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jordy Mercer (10, Slowey)
HR - Andrew McCutchen (11, Wolf), Jordy Mercer (4, Wolf)
SH - Charlie Morton 2 (6)
RBI - Gregory Polanco 2 (5), Andrew McCutchen 3 (41), Jordy Mercer 2 (16), Charlie Morton (1)
2-OUT RBI - Gregory Polanco (1), Andrew McCutchen 3 (12)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Harrison-G. Sanchez, Harrison-G. Sanchez-Harrison-Mercer-G. Sanchez, Harrison-G. Sanchez-Harrison-Mercer-G. Sanchez-Mercer-Harrison-G. Sanchez
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Charlie Morton (W,4-7) 7522360 3.09
Stolmy Pimentel 1.2444022 5.54
Jason Grilli (S,11) 0.1100000 3.78
HBP - Johnson (by Charlie Morton)
Pitches-Strikes - Charlie Morton 108-69, Stolmy Pimentel 37-25, Jason Grilli 6-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Charlie Morton 9-3, Stolmy Pimentel 1-2
Batters Faced - Charlie Morton 27, Stolmy Pimentel 9, Jason Grilli 2
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rafael Furcal, 2B5010011 .091
Reed Johnson, LF4000022 .289
Giancarlo Stanton, RF3000111 .302
Casey McGehee, 3B4110011 .302
Garrett Jones, 1B2110100 .275
   Bryan Morris, P0000000 .000
   Mike Dunn, P0000000 .000
   a-Ed Lucas, PH1000011 .264
Marcell Ozuna, CF3223110 .271
Jacob Realmuto, C4011001 .235
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS4120012 .262
Randy Wolf, P1010000 .143
   b-Donovan Solano, PH1000001 .200
   Kevin Slowey, P0000000 .000
   Jeff Baker, 1B2112001 .239
Totals34610638  
a-struck out for Dunn in the 9th
b-grounded out for Wolf in the 4th
Batting
3B - Marcell Ozuna (1, Morton)
HR - Marcell Ozuna (12, Pimentel), Jeff Baker (2, Pimentel)
RBI - Marcell Ozuna 3 (42), Jacob Realmuto (5), Jeff Baker 2 (12)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff Baker 2 (5)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Marcell Ozuna 1
DP - Hechavarria-G. Jones, Hechavarria-G. Jones-McGehee-Furcal-G. Jones
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Randy Wolf (L,1-3) 4955222 5.26
Kevin Slowey 2633100 5.30
Bryan Morris 2200030 2.90
Mike Dunn 1100010 4.00
HBP - Stewart (by Kevin Slowey)
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 71-42, Kevin Slowey 42-28, Bryan Morris 29-20, Mike Dunn 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 5-4, Kevin Slowey 3-2, Bryan Morris 1-2
Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 22, Kevin Slowey 13, Bryan Morris 8, Mike Dunn 3
Game Information
Attendance - 21195
Game Time - 3:09
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Todd Tichenor, Third Base - Clint Fagan