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W: J. Locke (3-3) L: T. Koehler (7-9)
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Harrison, Locke lead Pirates past Marlins, 7-3

By JOHN PERROTTO
Associated Press
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PITTSBURGH (AP) Jeff Locke never lost his poise and gave the Pittsburgh Pirates a chance to get a win.

Locke overcame a shaky start to pitch seven innings and Josh Harrison had three hits to extend his hot streak as the Pirates beat the Miami Marlins 7-3 on Wednesday night.

Locke (3-3) gave up three runs in the first two innings, and then shut out the Marlins over his last five. The left-hander gave up six hits, no walks, and struck out seven, beating Miami for the first time in five starts.

''It's easy to let things snowball, it's easy to let things carry on,'' Locke said. ''I settled down. I started to get more in control. I kept pounding the strike zone because good things happen when you do that.''

Christian Yelich hit a two-run homer that drew Miami within 4-3 in the second. The Marlins never scored again and Locke retired the last 13 batters he faced.

''He was just persistent,'' Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said of Locke. ''It started with his confidence. He could find the (arm) slot and stay with it, (catcher) Russell (Martin) kept him in a good place to battle through the first two innings then he ran the table. It's as well as he's pitched all year.''

Harrison hit a double and scored twice. He is 20 for 44 during a 10-game hitting streak, with six doubles, one triple and five home runs.

Ike Davis had a two-run double in a four-run first for Pittsburgh against Tom Koehler (7-9).

Gaby Sanchez's two-run double capped a three-run seventh that pushed the lead to 7-3.

Jeff Baker singled in a run in the first for the Marlins.

Koehler was charged with four runs in six innings while allowing five hits and four walks and striking out four. It was the second time in his last nine starts that Koehler allowed more than three runs.

''I made some good pitches early in the inning that they hit but then I started falling behind in the count and had to come in with my fastball,'' Koehler said. ''They're a very good fastball-hitting team. You don't want to put them in fastball-hitting counts the way I did.''

Russell Martin hit an RBI single in the seventh to give the Pirates a 5-3 cushion before Sanchez broke the game open with his double.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Marlins: Right-hander Jarred Cosart was scratched from his scheduled start Thursday night because of a strained left oblique muscle. Cosart felt discomfort in his side while playing catch Wednesday and the Marlins decided to have him skip a start. He is tentatively scheduled to pitch next Tuesday against St. Louis. The Marlins got Cosart last week in a trade with Houston. He made his Miami debut the next day and took the loss against Cincinnati, giving up four runs in 5 1-3 innings Friday. He was 9-7 with a 4.41 ERA with the Astros. . Reliever Kevin Gregg is expected to have surgery to remove bone chips from right elbow and miss the remainder of the season. . Right-hander Henderson Alvarez played catch before the game, the first time he had thrown since going on the disabled list July 30 with right shoulder inflammation. He is expected to be activated Aug. 15, the first day he is eligible.

Pirates: Center fielder Andrew McCutchen missed his second straight game because of a fracture and cartilage damage in his lower left rib cage but remains hopeful of avoiding the disabled list. . Second baseman Neil Walker sat out for the third time in four games because of lower back tightness but is expected to return to the lineup Thursday. . Right-hander Gerrit Cole, will make a third rehab start for Triple-A Indianapolis with the date to be determined after he has a bullpen session Thursday. Cole has been on the DL since July 5 with a strained right lat.

ON DECK

Marlins: Rookie left-hander Brian Flynn (0-0, 6.00) will fill in for Cosart and start in the finale of the three-game series. Flynn was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday when right-hander Jacob Turner was designated for assignment. Flynn pitched once for the Marlins this season, allowing two runs in three innings June 27 against Oakland.

Pirates: Right-hander Edinson Volquez (8-7, 3.91) is 5-0 with a 1.99 ERA in six career starts against the Marlins and looks to snap his three-start winless streak, which comes on the heels of a four-start winning streak.

 
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Pittsburgh

J. Harrison
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Miami

C. Yelich
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Christian Yelich, LF4112020.270.353.415
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS4110020.278.305.350
Giancarlo Stanton, RF4000011.290.390.542
Casey McGehee, 3B4010010.298.370.367
Jeff Baker, 1B4021010.253.299.360
Marcell Ozuna, CF4010003.262.314.438
Enrique Hernandez, 2B3000010.267.330.395
   a-Garrett Jones, PH1000001.256.318.425
Jeff Mathis, C3110010.206.278.290
Tom Koehler, P1000000.057.083.057
   b-Donovan Solano, PH1000000.255.306.314
   Chris Hatcher, P0000000.000.000.000
   Mike Dunn, P0000000.000.000.000
   Sam Dyson, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3337309    
a-flied out for Hernandez in the 9th
b-flied out for Koehler in the 7th
Batting
HR - Christian Yelich (9, Locke)
SH - Tom Koehler (5)
RBI - Christian Yelich 2 (40), Jeff Baker (22)
2-OUT RBI - Christian Yelich 2 (20), Jeff Baker (10)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Koehler-Hechavarria-Baker
E - Adeiny Hechavarria (11, Misplayed grounder)
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tom Koehler (L,7-9) 6544440 3.80
Chris Hatcher 0.1222010 3.63
Mike Dunn 0.2211000 3.95
Sam Dyson 1000030 1.53
Pitches-Strikes - Tom Koehler 99-61, Chris Hatcher 11-8, Mike Dunn 22-15, Sam Dyson 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tom Koehler 8-4, Mike Dunn 2-1
Batters Faced - Tom Koehler 25, Chris Hatcher 3, Mike Dunn 5, Sam Dyson 3
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Josh Harrison, 3B4230000.309.346.503
Gregory Polanco, RF3200113.254.326.355
Russell Martin, C3211101.282.410.382
Ike Davis, 1B2112100.241.351.370
   a-Gaby Sanchez, PH-1B1012000.225.298.390
Starling Marte, CF3010102.255.329.383
Travis Snider, LF4001013.239.319.378
Jordy Mercer, SS4011011.254.298.372
Michael Martinez, 2B4000031.185.267.222
Jeff Locke, P3010010.130.200.130
   Tony Watson, P1000010.333.333.333
   Mark Melancon, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3279748    
a-doubled for Davis in the 7th
Batting
2B - Josh Harrison (22, Koehler), Ike Davis (14, Koehler), Gaby Sanchez (14, Dunn)
RBI - Russell Martin (42), Ike Davis 2 (35), Gaby Sanchez 2 (20), Travis Snider (25), Jordy Mercer (38)
2-OUT RBI - Russell Martin (19), Gaby Sanchez 2 (7), Jordy Mercer (14)
SB - Josh Harrison (14, 2nd base off Koehler/Mathis)
CS - Starling Marte (7, 2nd base by Koehler/Mathis)
Team LOB - 5
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Locke (W,3-3) 7633071 3.78
Tony Watson 1000020 1.49
Mark Melancon 1100000 2.23
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Locke 100-69, Tony Watson 14-10, Mark Melancon 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Locke 8-6, Tony Watson 1-0, Mark Melancon 2-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Locke 27, Tony Watson 3, Mark Melancon 4
Game Information
Attendance - 26976
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Adrian Johnson