Pittsburgh 3, Miami 0

Boxscore | Recap
Sunday, July 22, 2012 1:35 PM
Location - PNC Park
Temperature - 81°
Umpires - Home Plate - Dan Iassogna, First Base - CB Bucknor, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Dale Scott,
Attendance - 34203

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Miami 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Pittsburgh 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 7 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Miami 44-51 24-24 20-27 L5
Pittsburgh 54-40 32-14 22-26 W5

Recap


Pirates 3, Marlins 0: Jeff Karstens tossed seven superb innings and Pedro Alvarez belted a two-run homer as host Pittsburgh completed a three-game sweep with its fifth straight victory.

All-Star Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-4 with an RBI single for the Pirates, who have won 21 of 25 at PNC Park and are a major league-best 32-14 at home.

Karstens (3-2) limited Miami to five singles while walking two and striking out three en route to winning his third consecutive decision. The right-hander, who kept the opposition scoreless for the second time in three starts, has allowed a total of two runs over 22 innings in the three victories.

McCutchen gave Karstens an early lead as he hit a 3-1 slider from Anibal Sanchez up the middle in the first inning to plate Alex Presley. Alvarez provided insurance in the seventh, hammering an 0-1 offering into the seats in right field for his 21st blast of the season.

Jared Hughes pitched a perfect eighth and All-Star Joel Hanrahan completed the shutout and notched his 28th save in 31 opportunities with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Sanchez (5-7) surrendered three runs and seven hits over seven frames, striking out eight without a walk. He also yielded three runs over seven innings in a loss to Pittsburgh at home on May 14.

Jose Reyes led off the contest with a single to extend his hitting streak to 10 games for the Marlins, who lost the final five games of their six-game road trip and have dropped 13 of 17 away from home.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Pittsburgh has recorded four three-game sweeps of the Marlins at PNC Park. ... Miami kept 3B Hanley Ramirez out of the starting lineup for the third straight day due to a swollen and infected right hand. ... Pittsburgh begins a stretch of 13 straight games against division rivals Monday when it opens a three-game series with the Chicago Cubs. The Pirates are 21-13 versus National League Central opponents.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Miami   Pittsburgh
Anibal Sanchez Player Jeff Karstens
Loss W/L Win
7.0 IP 7.0
8 Strikeouts 3
7 Hits 5
3.86 ERA 0.00
Hitting
Miami   Pittsburgh
Justin Ruggiano Player Pedro Alvarez
1 Hits 2
0 RBI 2
0 HR 1
1 TB 5
.500 Avg .667

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Miami 5 0 5 .172 9 5 0 2 1 0
Pittsburgh 7 1 12 .233 5 11 3 0 1 0

Upcoming Games

  • Pittsburgh will play their next game at home against Chi. Cubs. The Pirates have a W/L % of .528 after a win and .634 after a loss.
  • Miami will play their next game at home against Atlanta. The Marlins have a W/L % of .523 after a win and .412 after a loss.