Pirates lose to Marlins 3-2 in 10 innings

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 15, 2014 at 5:27 pm •  Published: June 15, 2014
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MIAMI (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates' struggling relief pitching of late finally cost them a victory.

The bullpen endured another meltdown Sunday, blowing a two-run lead in the eighth inning, and Casey McGehee hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th to help the Miami Marlins avert a series sweep by winning 3-2.

Pittsburgh relievers gave up 11 earned runs in 9 2-3 innings in the series, an ERA of 10.24.

"I don't think it's any one particular thing that has tripped up any of our guys," manager Clint Hurdle said. "You have to look at each game. It's like a golf course. Each hole plays different."

On Sunday, Vance Worley pitched seven innings in his season debut and left with a 2-0 lead.

But the Marlins tied the game in the eighth when McGehee hit a two-out, two-run double off Tony Watson, who entered the game with a streak of 21 1-3 consecutive scoreless innings.

"With the way Vince pitched, you always feel bad not being able to hold the lead for him," Watson said. "But Casey is a good RBI guy this year. That's what he does, and he made me pay. Sometimes to have to tip your hat."

The Marlins gave McGehee a chance to return to the majors after he spent 2013 in Japan, and he has repeatedly rewarded their faith.

He leads the majors with 30 hits with runners in scoring position, and he's batting .411 in those situations.

The Marlins earned their sixth walkoff win and broke a three-game losing streak.

The Pirates had won four in a row and were bidding for their first three-game series sweep in Miami since 1993. They won the first two games because they totaled 35 hits, but failed to build enough of a cushion in the finale.

Rookie Gregory Polanco, who is batting .387 after a week in the big leagues, had two hits and joined some exclusive company. He's the first Pirates player to get a hit in each of his first six games since Roberto Clemente in 1955.