The Miami Marlins used a big five-run eighth inning to take down the host Pittsburgh Pirates in the opening game of a three-game set. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, they could be dealing with bigger issues than a bad outing by their bullpen.
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Miami Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez had thrown only 72 pitches after six shutout innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates when manager Mike Redmond yanked him for a pinch-hitter.
Jeff Karstens pitched seven crisp innings, Pedro Alvarez homered and the surging Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Miami Marlins 3-0 on Sunday for their fifth consecutive win.
Scott Cousins hit a grand slam, Brett Hayes added a three-run homer and the Florida Marlins beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-5 on Thursday night to finish a three-game sweep.