Justin Bour was the hero of the game, recording six RBIs on four hits, while Marcell Ozuna and Dee Gordon both recorded three hits of their own. Tom Koehler struggled early, allowing three runs on four hits in the first inning, but settled down nicely, allowing just two hits through the rest of his start.
Miami was trailing 3-0 heading into the second inning when Ozuna hit a leadoff double to start the bottom half. Bour came through with a double of his own, scoring Ozuna and cutting the Pirates lead to 3-1.
Bour continued his big day with a single to right in the fourth inning that scored Giancarlo Stanton, who reached base on a leadoff walk. After getting on first base because of a throwing error to third, Ozuna was thrown out at home on an attempted sacrifice bunt by A.J. Ellis.
Dustin McGowan relieved Koehler in the fifth inning but allowed the Pirates to load the bases after walking John Jaso and Gregory Polanco, and giving up a Josh Bell single. He was able to get Jordy Mercer out on a pop out to third, which helped him escape the bases-loaded jam.
Gordon singled to leadoff the bottom of the fifth and reached third after Stanton and Ozuna both drew a walk. Justin Bour came up to bat with the bases loaded and two outs and came through with a liner to right that scored Gordon and Stanton. Miami took a 4-3 lead on the play and never looked back.
Bour recorded a two-run home run in the seventh inning off of Daniel Hudson that put Miami up 6-3. Bour’s home run was followed by a Miguel Rojas RBI double that scored Ellis and an Adeiny Hechavarria RBI single. The hitting exhibition continued as Martin Prado recorded a RBI single of his own followed by a Christian Yelich RBI groundout that scored Gordon. The Marlins recorded seven runs on five hits in the inning and went into the eighth with a 10-3 lead.
McGowan, David Phelps, Kyle Barraclough, Brad Ziegler and Jarlin Garcia were dynamite once again out of the Marlins bullpen, allowing only two hits through five innings.
Miami will look to stay in the win column as they take on the Tampa Bay Rays in a four-game home and away set starting Monday night.
Hero of the Game: Justin Bour (.640)
Villain of the Game: Trevor Williams -(.250)
Play of the Game: Justin Bour’s two-RBI double in the fifth (.269)