Final in 13
7:10 PM ET, June 13, 2014
Marlins Park, Miami, Florida
Gregory Polanco's first career HR lifts Pirates over Marlins in 13th
Playing in his fourth major league game, Polanco broke a tie in the 13th inning with his first homer, helping Pittsburgh to an 8-6 victory over the Miami Marlins after the Pirates had a ninth-inning meltdown.
Polanco went 5-for-7, scored three times and made a run-saving catch in right field.
"That could have been a coming-out party for him," manager Clint Hurdle said. "Very exciting to watch. I hope we get to watch for a long time."
Clint Barmes singled off Mike Dunn (5-4) to start the 13th and advanced on a sacrifice. Polanco homered on a hanging 2-2 slider and smacked his hands as he circled the bases, mindful his mother was in the stands watching him for the first time since he played winter league in his native Dominican Republic.
"For sure this is my best game ever -- the first time she's here watching me play," Polanco said. "I was excited and a little emotional. She's so proud of me, and I know she's feeling excited right now."
Jeanmar Gomez (1-2) pitched four scoreless innings after the Pirates blew a 6-2 lead in the ninth when three relievers combined to issue six walks. The Pirates' Jeff Locke pitched a career-high eight innings, and the bullpen's wildness cost him his first victory since Sept. 12.
Miami trailed 6-5 and had runners at first and third with two out in the ninth when Hurdle ordered NL home run and RBI leader Giancarlo Stanton intentionally walked. The strategy backfired when Casey McGehee fell behind 0-2, and then walked against Mark Melancon to tie the game.
Melancon struck out Marcell Ozuna to send the game to the 10th.
"You rip off the rearview mirror and keep playing," Hurdle said.
The Marlins stranded three in the ninth and two in the 12th.
"The game was there for the taking at the end," McGehee said. "It was unfortunate we couldn't quite finish it off."
Pittsburgh's Sterling Marte homered and tied a career high with four hits. Ike Davis added a two-run double, and the top four hitters in the Pirates' order went 13-for-27.
The Pirates have won seven consecutive series openers, and on Saturday they have a chance to reach .500 for the first time since mid-April.
Miami's Nathan Eovaldi pitched as though he was more worried about his wife's delivery than his own, which was understandable. Their first child is due, which left Eovaldi's status in doubt until game time, and he allowed 10 hits and six runs in 4⅔ innings.
Stanton hit his 18th home run. Rafael Furcal, making his season debut after being sidelined by injuries since 2012, turned two double plays at second base but went 0-for-6.
Locke, making his second start since right-hander Gerrit Cole went on the disabled list, allowed two runs, seven hits and no walks. The left-hander said he was encouraged by his performance.
"It's huge," he said. "Anytime you give this team a chance to win, it makes you feel good. That's what I've always tried to do through the struggles and the successes. It builds a lot of confidence moving forward."
Locke made the NL All-Star team last year but pitched poorly the second half of the season and has spent most of this season in Triple-A.
Marlins LF Christian Yelich left the game in the second inning with a strained lower back. His status is day-to-day. ... 2B Michael Martinez made his first start with the Pirates and went 0-for-3. ... Pirates OF Josh Harrison (ankle) was held out of the lineup. ... Former Pirate Garrett Jones pinch hit in the ninth for Miami and struck out. ... The Pirates' Russell Martin was safe at second when the Marlins botched a rundown in the fourth, but the call was reversed following a replay review and he was ruled out. ... Martin made his 1,000th career start at catcher, which ranks fifth among active players. ... RHP Stolmy Pimentel and RHP Vance Worley are candidates to start Sunday for the Pirates in place of LHP Francisco Liriano (left oblique strain). ... LHP Randy Wolf (1-2, 4.15 ERA) is scheduled to start Saturday for Miami against RHP Charlie Morton (3-7, 3.14 ERA).
MIAMI, FL - JUNE 13: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates catches a fly ball during the fourth inning of...(Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|1st||S Marte homered to left (397 feet), G Polanco scored.||2||0|
|2nd||J Mathis singled to center, J Baker scored, A Hechavarria to third.||2||1|
|3rd||A McCutchen singled to left, S Marte scored.||3||1|
|3rd||G Stanton homered to center (417 feet).||3||2|
|5th||I Davis doubled to deep right, G Polanco and S Marte scored.||5||2|
|5th||J Mercer singled to shallow center, I Davis scored, P Alvarez to second.||6||2|
|9th||E Lucas grounded into fielder's choice to second, M Ozuna scored, J Mathis out at second, A Hechavarria to third.||6||3|
|9th||R Johnson singled to center, A Hechavarria and E Lucas scored, R Furcal to third.||6||5|
|9th||C McGehee walked, R Furcal scored, R Johnson to third, G Stanton to second.||6||6|
|13th||G Polanco homered to right (413 feet), C Barmes scored.||8||6|
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|Stadium||Marlins Park, Miami, FL|
|Attendance||19,054 (50.9% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Clint Fagan, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Todd Tichenor|
Polanco had himself a night. In just his 4th career game, he had 5 hits with a homer. That's the fewest games before a player's 1st 5-hit game with a HR in the modern era.[+]
Starling Marte has 4 hits, a HR and a steal today. He's just the 3rd player to do that this season, and the 1st Pirates player to do it since 2012.[+]
Gregory Polanco had 5 hits, now has 8 hits in his first 4 MLB games. He's the 1st player with a 5-hit game within the first 4 games of his career in 81 years- since Cecil Travis for the Washington Senators in 1933. He's the first Pirates player with at least 8 hits through 4 games in 63 years-- the last was Jack Merson in 1951
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