A game at PNC Park is apparently just what the doctor ordered for the Marlins, who kicked off their series Friday night with a 13-1 victory over the Pirates.
Ricky Nolasco allowed three runs on nine hits through his six innings of work, and enjoyed the support of his teammates' offensive outburst, nabbing his tenth win of the season.
It wasn't Ross Ohlendorf's night. The Pirates starter lasted just two innings against the Fish, and pitched to four batters in the third before the bullpen took over.
In the first, Omar Infante hit a solo home run to give the Marlins the lead, and added an RBI double in the second to make it 2-0. Infante's big night was just getting started. The second basemen went 4-for-6 in the game and drove in 5 runs.
Nolasco allowed a run to the Pirates in the bottom of the second, but in the third, the Marlins erupted for nine runs, sending 14 batters to the plate and collecting 10 hits to put a very safe distance between themselves and Pittsburgh.
Mike Stanton singled to open the inning, but was replaced by Donnie Murphy due to tightness in his hamstring. In the next at bat, Logan Morrison added the second hit of his 4-for-6, 3-RBI performance and drove Murph in with a double.
Joze Lopez followed with a single to score LoMo before pinch runner Gaby Sanchez replaced him. After Bryan Petersen and John Buck singled to load the bases, Ricky Nolasco collected his second hit of the game, a single to drive in a run, and Emilio Bonifacio followed with a sac fly that made it 6-1.
Next, Omar Infante added his second home run of the game, a three-run homer that bounced off of the glove of Alex Presley into the stands, and LoMo followed with a two-run shot that bounced out of the park to put the Fish up 11-1.
The Marlins would add two more runs in the fifth when Murphy tripled and LoMo drove him in with a single. Buck added an RBI single of his own, and the Fish capped off their scoring at 13 runs.
That was a fun game.