MIAMI (AP) — Major-league batting leader Dee Gordon tied a career high with four stolen bases, had two infield hits and scored twice Tuesday night, helping the Miami Marlins beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2.
Miami’s Brad Hand (4-3) pitched into the ninth inning. He came into the game 7-20 as a starter, worst among all active pitchers, according to STATS, but has won three of his past four starts.
A.J. Ramos came on with two on and no outs in the ninth and earned his 22nd save in 27 chances.
Gordon scored the Marlins’ first run and reached on a bunt single to begin their three-run sixth against Charlie Morton (8-5). Gordon turned two double plays at second base, including a nifty one started by third baseman Martin Prado.
Gordon hiked his average to .333, and he leads the majors with 156 hits.
The Marlins had five doubles, including two run-scoring doubles by Justin Bour. Christian Yelich, who was activated from the disabled list before the game, doubled home a run and singled. Adeiny Hechavarria added a double and a triple.
Two Pirates were hit by pitches Monday, and Hand plunked Andrew McCutchen in the left foot on Tuesday. But the left-hander didn’t issue a walk while allowing nine hits and two runs.
Miami beat Pittsburgh for the first time in five meetings this year, and snapped the Pirates’ five-game road winning streak.
Bour hit a two-out double in the fourth to drive in the Marlins’ first run. They took a 2-1 lead in the fifth with an unearned run, with Yelich scoring from first when McCutchen mishandled J.T. Realmuto’s single to center.
Prado singled home a run in the sixth, and Bour and Yelich each had an RBI double to make it 5-1.
The Pirates scored in the first on a two-out RBI single by Aramis Ramirez.
Hechavarria tried to catch the Pirates by surprise and stretch a double into a triple in the third inning, and Starling Marte casually lobbed a throw to third to get him. It was Marte’s 11th assist in left field, most in the majors.
Pirates: RHP A.J. Burnett (right elbow) pitched two innings of a simulated game and is scheduled to pitch three innings in a simulated game Sunday.
Marlins: RHP Jarred Cosart (vertigo) is to throw as many as 70 pitches in a rehab game at Single-A Jupiter on Thursday. … RHP Jose Urena (bruised left knee) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday.
Pirates LHP Jeff Locke (6-8, 4.56) will start Wednesday against LHP Chris Narveson (1-0, 3.86), making his first major league start since 2012.
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