Bucs bullpen burns Brubaker
The Associated Press
MIAMI — Jesus Aguilar hit a tying single and scored the winning run on a wild pitch as the Miami Marlins rallied for three runs in the 10th inning to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 on Wednesday night.
Jon Berti hit an RBI single that trimmed Miami’s deficit to 4-3. Aguilar followed with a one-out RBI single to center field against All-Star closer David Bednar (3-3) that advanced Berti to third.
Bednar intentionally walked pinch-hitter Luke Williams to load the bases. Brian Anderson’s grounder forced Berti at home and advanced Aguilar to third.
The first pitch from Bednar to Jesus Sanchez got past catcher Jason Delay, which allowed Aguilar to score.
Zach Pop (1-0) allowed Daniel Vogelbach’s RBI groundout and Ke’Bryan Hayes’ run-scoring single that put the Pirates ahead 4-2 in the top of the 10th.
Pittsburgh tied it 2-all on Michael Chavis’ RBI double against reliever Tanner Scott in the ninth. Scott walked Vogelbach and Hayes to start the inning. Chavis hit a drive over left fielder Billy Hamilton that advanced Hayes to third.
Avisail Garcia’s two-run single in the eighth put Miami ahead 2-1. Pittsburgh reliever Duane Underwood got the first two outs of the inning before he hit Joey Wendle with a pitch, walked Berti and plunked Aguilar with a pitch. Garcia’s line drive to center scored Hamilton and Berti.
JT Brubaker limited Miami to three hits in seven scoreless innings, matching the longest outing of his career previously done on June 9. The right-hander walked two and struck out nine.
Miami starter Pablo Lopez kept Pittsburgh hitless through the first four until Ben Gamel’s RBI single in the fifth broke a scoreless tie. Oneil Cruz had a leadoff walk, stole second and scored on Gamel’s line drive to right.
Lopez was lifted after five innings. He allowed one hit, walked four and struck out three.
The Marlins threatened against Brubaker in the fourth when Garcia hit a leadoff double and Anderson walked. But then Sanchez forced Anderson at second and Nick Fortes grounded into a double play.
Marlins: All-Star DH/1B Garrett Cooper (bruised left knee) continued to experience soreness and did not play. Cooper fouled a pitch off his knee in the sixth inning Tuesday.
RHP Zach Thompson (3-6, 4.38 ERA) will start the series finale for the Pirates on Thursday against LHP Braxton Garrett (1-3, 4.33).