For a game that was just 2-0 in the sixth, Pittsburgh had momentum on their side from start to finish in an eventual 10-0 blowout.
In the top half of the first inning, the Pirates put together a pair of two-out hits to plate the game's first run. Jung Ho Kang singled to right, scoring David Freese. The team out of Philadelphia never looked back.
Pirate starter Jeff Locke made sure of it.
The 28-year-old lefty allowed just lead-off singles in the first and third before eventually setting down 19 consecutive Marlin batters. With double-play balls in each the first and third innings, Locke would go on to face just one over the minimum. This is thanks to a two-out, pinch-hit single by Jeff Mathis in the ninth.
While the Marlins struggled to find any success against Locke, the Pirates were making Miami starter Justin Nicolino work for every out. He was up for the task until he was pulled following a lead-off single to Pirate superstar Andrew McCutchen in the sixth.
This is where things got ugly.
Reliever Jose Urena allowed a couple of hits and a run before loading the bases for right fielder Gregory Polanco. After falling behind 2-1, Urena floated a changeup across the middle of the plate that Polanco did not miss. In fact, Polanco deposited it over the right field fence for his first career grand slam, giving his team a 7-0 lead.
The Marlins continued to struggle against the masterful Locke as they went without a baserunner heading into the ninth inning.
In the final frame, just for good measure, the Pirates flexed their muscles again with a two-run homer from Sean Rodriguez and yet another RBI hit from Freese, giving him four hits in the game.
Locke finished things off in the bottom half of the inning with little difficulty, needing only 105 pitches in his three-hit shutout.
The only positive notes for the Marlins on the day were the injury updates prior to the game.
Giancarlo Stanton took full batting practice as he could be ready to start any day now after missing the last week due to some soreness in his right side. Additionally, Derek Dietrich was also available to play after taking a foul ball off his head in Sunday's win versus the Braves.