In Sunday afternoon's 9-1 victory, Marte hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning. The homer also scored Gregory Polanco and Andrew McCutchen.
After the game, McCutchen said it was only a matter of time before Marte made someone pay.
"Pick your poison. That's the way I look at it," McCutchen said, via MLB.com. "I guess they felt since Marte hadn't been swinging the bat the past few games, they could get him out. Nah, you can't do that either."
Marte finished 1 for 5 with two strikeouts. He's now slashing .278/.326/.513.
Before the homer, Marte had gone 11 at-bats without a hit.
Manager Clint Hurdle considered benching Marte on Wednesday, but kept him in the lineup.
"We talked about a few things," Hurdle said. "So I think we have a very good understanding now of where we're going."
Marte had a slow reaction to a single in the outfield, allowing Brian Dozier to score from first base.
"(Marte) was kind of lackadaisical, to pick it up and just kind of throw it in," Dozier said. "You've got the bases loaded and you're hoping to get the out and get out of the jam, and then three runs (score). That's a backbreaker."
Hurdle couldn't believe what he saw.
"It was a very disappointing play," Hurdle said. "I shared my thoughts with the player, personally. It wasn't the first time I've shared my thoughts with Starling or any of the players when things have happened that we don't believe should happen to us. You've got to be ready every pitch. You've got to be ready to play. You've got to have an awareness of the game."
Marte hit two doubles — one in the top of the first inning and one that drove in a run for his 25th RBI of the season in the ninth. His lone remaining hit came on a single. Marte now holds a .287/.341/.525 slash line.
Since May 1, Marte is hitting .347 with 17 hits and eight RBI.
Marte hit his home run off of Jerome Williams to center field on a 1-2 pitch. He did a great job of hanging around in the at-bat, fouling off four pitches. For Marte, that's his eighth home run of the season.
"He's doing a real good job for us there. He's still working on some things, figuring things out. He's aggressive and dangerous," Hurdle said to MLB.com. "He turned out to be dangerous tonight. He pushed through that at-bat, fouled off some balls, then jumped on a mistake. It was a big swing of the bat for us."
Marte has at least recorded one hit in seven of his past 10 games.
"I do feel very comfortable where I am now," Marte said. "I'm more focused. More chance to drive in runs. I'm very comfortable there."
Marte finished Monday's game 1 for 4 and is now hitting .277/.325/.518.
Marte had to come out of Saturday's game due to severe dizziness, but he's in the cleanup role for Sunday's battle with the Cardinals and lefty starter Tyler Lyons. He's 6 for 12 with four home runs against southpaws this season.
The Pirates are favorites (-115) against the Cardinals Sunday.
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