PITTSBURGH -- Giancarlo Stanton smashed a home run that cleared the batter's eye in center field, but he still wasn't the most productive player at PNC Park on Friday night. That title belonged to Miami first baseman Tyler Moore, who clobbered two home runs and drove in four runs in
PITTSBURGH -- Giancarlo Stanton smashed a home run that cleared the batter's eye in center field, but he still wasn't the most productive player at PNC Park on Friday night. That title belonged to Miami first baseman Tyler Moore, who clobbered two home runs and drove in four runs in the Marlins' 12-7 drubbing of the Pirates.
Stanton and Moore drove in seven of Miami's season-high 12 runs. Moore, filling in for the injured Justin Bour, homered in the third and seventh en route to his second career multi-homer game. Moore was one of five Marlins who recorded multi-hit games.
"From top to bottom, it was very effective scoring today," Stanton said. "Just keep pushing the envelope. As we saw, they had a nice little run at the end. Every run counted."
The Marlins scored seven runs in four innings off Pirates right-hander Tyler Glasnow, raising his ERA to 7.45, and they added five more against relievers Wade LeBlanc and Dovydas Neverauskas. The Pirates have lost four straight and nine of their last 13, falling nine games under .500 for the first time since the end of the 2011 season.
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"We would have to had been really, really effective on offense to continue to run with them, continue to keep up," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.
The Marlins have won three straight on this road trip, and 11 of their last 15 overall. About the only disappointment was the bullpen allowing the Pirates to threaten late, which prompted closer A.J. Ramos to warm up in the ninth, although he didn't pitch. But the bullpen's struggles were overshadowed by Miami's lineup generating 18 hits.
"Adding on runs, you want teams to have that kind of instinct, that you never really quit, because you never really know what kind of game you're going to be in," Miami manager Don Mattingly said. "Obviously having that many tonight, you felt better. But still the fact we had to get A.J. in that game is a disappointment for us, that we had to get him heated up. That's the way it was."
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Double jeopardy: The Pirates had the opportunity to inflict more damage in the third with Andrew McCutchen at the plate with the bases loaded and only one out. The Marlins, however, escaped the jam when shortstop J.T. Riddle turned an acrobatic inning-ending double play on McCutchen's grounder.
"We needed a big hit at a time to stay in the boat race, because they kept adding on multiple-run innings," Hurdle said. "It's hard to keep up, but we had a chance."
Batter's eye, oh my: Stanton's 16th home run of the season set the tone for the Marlins' offense. His homer had an exit velocity of 110.6 mph and a launch angle of 25 degrees, and it traveled a projected 449 feet, his third-longest of the season, according to Statcast™. His home run sparked a three-run third inning, with Moore adding a two-run shot.
"I need to get it out of the stadium, man," Stanton said. "It popped back in. Right's a little easier than center. Take what you've got." More >
"Awesome night, man. You remember it forever. You don't hit two very often. For us to get the win, and guys just swinging it around us ... it's just a fun group to be around. Winning always helps. You want it to continue." -- Moore, on his second career multi-home run game
"He's like any other hitter. If you don't hit your spots and your stuff's not there, bad things will happen. He just happens to be freakishly strong, so it makes it even worse. -- Glasnow, on Stanton's home run
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With his RBI single in the sixth inning, Ichiro Suzuki reached another milestone. It wasn't anything for the record books, but it was the 43-year-old's 200th hit since joining the Marlins in 2015.
Marlins:Dan Straily (4-4, 3.59) goes for Miami on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. ET in the third game of the four-game set at PNC Park. Straily is 3-3 with a 3.83 ERA in 47 career innings against the Pirates.
Pirates:Trevor Williams will take the mound for the Pirates on Saturday, coming off of one of his best outings of the season: one run allowed on seven hits in a season-high seven innings. The former Marlins prospect threw 95 pitches, which is the most he's thrown all season. After his last start, Williams lowered his ERA to 4.57.
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Jonathan Toye is a reporter for MLB.com based in Pittsburgh.
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