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Marlins use big eighth to beat Pirates 6-3

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 5, 2014 at 11:04 pm •  Published: August 5, 2014
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jared Hughes knew right away that he had put his Pittsburgh Pirates in trouble.

The reliever came on to start the eighth inning with 2-1 and walked Giancarlo Stanton, the first batter he faced. That led to a five-run Miami Marlins' rally that lifted them to a 6-3 victory over the Pirates on Tuesday night.

"I've got to get ahead in the count there," Hughes (6-3) said. "Walking the tying run with no one on base is going to come back to get you and it did today."

Adeiny Hechavarria's RBI single made it 4-2 after Marcell Ozuna and Jarrod Saltalamacchia drew bases-loaded walks from Justin Wilson to force home the tying and go-ahead runs. Christian Yelich capped the inning with a run-scoring double.

That came after Gregory Polanco put the Pirates ahead 2-1 in the seventh with a run-scoring single.

"We just did not meet the demands of the game in the eighth inning," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "We just didn't get the things done that we needed to get done with a one-run lead."

Hughes (6-3) took the loss, though he could have gotten out of the eighth without allowing a run if not for third baseman Josh Harrison booting a potential double play grounder with one out. Hughes put himself in trouble by walking Stanton to start the inning.

Jordy Mercer had two hits, including a run-scoring double in the third inning as the Pirates fell 2 1-2 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central

Hechavarria, Stanton and Garrett Jones had two hits for Miami. Ozuna drove in two runs as he also had an RBI double in the fourth to tie the game at 1-1.

A.J. Ramos (5-0) got two outs in the seventh inning for the win.

The Marlins had scored just 11 runs in losing four of their previous five games and a total of 13 runs while losing six straight games at Pittsburgh.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: Center fielder Andrew McCutchen was diagnosed with a fracture in his lower left ribcage after leaving the Pirates' previous game Sunday at Arizona in the eighth inning when he felt pain while swinging a pitch. He is hopeful of avoiding the disabled list. . Left fielder Starling Marte was activated from the 7-day concussion DL after being out since July 22. . Second baseman Neil Walker was back in the lineup after sitting out two games with tightness in his lower back. . Right-hander Gerrit Cole, on the DL with a strained right lat, had a rocky rehab start for Triple-A Indianapolis as he gave up five runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings against Toledo in the International League.

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