MIAMI -- Eight batters reached base safely after two outs, and the Pirates scored eight runs in the second inning en route to a 12-2 win over the Marlins in the first game of a three-game series at Marlins Park. The merry-go-round began with a run-scoring single by Josh Harrison (3-for-5,
MIAMI -- Eight batters reached base safely after two outs, and the Pirates scored eight runs in the second inning en route to a 12-2 win over the Marlins in the first game of a three-game series at Marlins Park.
The merry-go-round began with a run-scoring single by Josh Harrison (3-for-5, 2 RBIs) and didn't end until Jameson Taillon grounded out. The Pirates' starting pitcher made two outs in the inning, striking out with the bases loaded for the second out of the inning.
But that's when things got interesting for the Pirates and got very taxing for Marlins starter Adam Conley, who threw 41 pitches in the inning and didn't make it out. Marlins reliever Jose Urena needed another 15 pitches to finally put an end to the onslaught.
Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli, who was 1-for-10 in his last three games, collected two hits in the inning and scored two runs. He cleared the bases with a three-run triple that got past Marlins left fielder Marcell Ozuna.
"It's the big leagues, these guys are hitters," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "Pitchers make mistakes, they capitalize. We talk about contagious things in the game, that inning was contagious."
The Pirates had everything go their way in the inning, even winning a challenge. An out call was overturned, and Mpho' Ngoepe reached base on his infield chopper that extended the inning.
In all, the Pirates sent 14 batters to the plate, tallied eight times on six hits, three walks and a hit batsman. Coming into the game the Pirates had scored nine runs total for the season in the second inning.
"It was a very good grind in the box tonight," Hurdle said. "Very good grind against a guy that pitched good against us last year."
The last time the Pirates scored eight runs in an inning was in the ninth of a 15-2 win at Philadelphia on Sept. 15, 2016. Cervelli had a hit in that game as well, and scored twice.
Jose Osuna led the Pirates' season-high 12-run, 18-hit attack with four singles.
"Those guys seemed to be locked in," Conley said. "They were taking good pitches out of the zone. They were fouling off good pitches in the zone. Mistake pitches they were hitting and getting rewarded for. It was just kind of one of those games where you see how ruthless this game is."
Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Pirates on Friday.