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MLB Scores: Miami Marlins 3, Pittsburgh Pirates 7

The Miami Marlins stayed in the fight against the Pittsburgh Pirates, but after a four-run first left the Marlins in the hole, the Pirates came back with a three-run seventh to seal the deal against the Fish.

Justin K. Aller

The Miami Marlins found themselves in a hole pretty early in the game with Tom Koehler on the mound. After the Fish picked up an early 1-0 lead on a Jeff Baker single that drove in Adeiny Hechavarria, the Marlins were flooded by runs in the bottom of the first inning. The first four Pittsburgh Pirates batters reached base against Koehler, with two doubles and two walks helping to produce two early runs. The Pirates' bottom of the order delivered the two remaining runners and made a 4-1 deficit early for the Fish.

Miami closed the gap again in the second inning thanks to a two-run home run by Christian Yelich. Yelich hit his ninth homer of the season off an inside fastball which was simply rocketed into the right field bleachers at PNC Park. That ball got out in a hurry and was a no-doubter the second it left the bat. The two-run shot drove he and Jeff Mathis home and made it a 4-3 game.

Both starting pitchers settled down right after that. Koehler recorded four strikeouts and two walks after that point and finished the game with six innings that looked ugly only because of that first inning. Meanwhile, Jeff Locke made very few mistakes outside of that home run, as he struck out seven Marlins and walked none in six innings as well.

The starters left it to their bullpens, and it was Chris Hatcher, Mike Dunn, and the Fish who failed to capitalize. Hatcher gave up two gimme singles to the pitcher (who was inexplicably allowed to hit despite being replaced next inning) and Josh Harrison before giving way to Dunn, who allowed RBI hits to Russell Martin and Gaby Sanchez. Another error by Adeiny Hechavarria almost further extended the inning, but by the time the third out was recorded, the damage was done and the game was well out of reach.

Source: FanGraphs

Attendance: 26,796
Hero of the Game: Christian Yelich (0.106 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Tom Koehler (-0.203 WPA)
Play of the Game: Christian Yelich homered in the second inning. Jeff Mathis scored. (+0.166 WPA)