The second was a good frame for Bucco bats. Michael Morse led of with a double; The Kid added another and scored on Stew's single. An out later, Josh walked and Starling singled in another run. Cutch then hammered a three-run shot over the scoreboard in left, 414' away. The Fish chipped away; a leadoff double came in after a pair of groundouts to make it 7-2.
The third went scorelessly, with the Bucs going down 1-2-3 and the Marlins stranding a two-out double. A walk and a single earned Narveson the hook with two down in the fourth; Erik Cordier came in and nailed the last out. Jeff gave up back-to-back knocks to open, but a DP helped him escape the jam. Pittsburgh went quietly in the fifth. Locke, with a 7-2 lead, walked the eight hitter, Adeiny Hechavarria and left him at third three outs later.
|Not exactly Locke-down early, but finished strong (photo Dave Ariigo/Pirates)|
McGough worked a clean ninth, and Joe finished in grand style, striking out the side. The Bucs rode a big inning and some role reversal from Jeff - we can't remember the last time he got stronger through a game, especially after sweating out the early rounds - to an easy win. Now to wait and see what the Cards and Cubs do on the coast tonight, with gerrit Cole on the bump tomorrow to close out the series against Justin Nicolino.
- Cutch's homer gave him 84 RBI; he had 83 in all of 2014. His high was 96 in 2012.
- About the unlikeliest pair to draw two walks each, Josh and A-Ram, pulled it off tonight.
- The Pirates have won 10-of-12.
- SS prospect Cole Tucker will miss 10 months to a full year after surgery today on the right labrum of his throwing shoulder. He was the Bucs first round pick in 2014. Cole is a puppy at 19, but missing a full season is still a tough blow.