MIAMI (AP) — Andrew McCutchen homered and drove in four runs to help the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 7-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night.READ MORE: Butler Gets Triple-Double, Heat Hold Off Raptors 104-99
Jeff Locke (7-8) pitched seven innings, allowing two runs and five hits for the Pirates, who have won four of five.
Pittsburgh (76-49) remains four games behind first-place St. Louis (80-45) in the NL Central race.
Miami’s Chris Narveson (1-1) struggled in his first start since April 15, 2012, while with Milwaukee. He allowed seven runs and eight hits in 3 2-3 innings.
Martin Prado homered for the Marlins.
McCutchen hit an RBI double in the first inning and helped spark a six-run second with a three-run home run, his 20th.
McCutchen is 6 for 13 with three doubles, a home run, and six RBIs in the first three games of the series.READ MORE: No Major Accidents After 'Wheels Up, Guns Down' Bicyclists Hit Miami Highways
Neil Walker’s double started the scoring in the second. Chris Stewart and Starling Marte each had RBI singles before McCutchen’s blast to left field as the Pirates sent 10 batters to the plate.
Pirates third baseman Aramis Ramirez made an impressive diving stop toward the foul line and threw from his knees to rob Miguel Rojas of a base hit in the eighth inning.
Miami relievers Erik Cordier and Scott McGough combined to pitch 5 1-3 scoreless innings allowing one hit.
Pirates: RHP Gerrit Cole (14-7, 2.49 ERA) will start Thursday’s series finale. Cole will be looking to win his first game since July 26 vs. Washington.
Marlins: LHP Justin Nicolino (2-1, 3.77 ERA) returns to the mound after allowing two runs in 7 2-3 innings in a no-decision against Philadelphia in his last start.MORE NEWS: Giant Asteroid To Safely Zoom By Earth On Tuesday
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