Pirates rally to best Marlins, 5-4

MIAMI (AP) — Josh Bell padded his NL-leading RBI total and helped the Pittsburgh Pirates to a series-clinching victory.

Bell’s go-ahead double in the seventh lifted the Pirates over the Miami Marlins 5-4 on Sunday.

The Pirates rallied from a 4-2 deficit on Corey Dickerson’s pinch-hit RBI double off Miami starter Sandy Alcantara in the sixth and took the lead in the seventh against reliever Nick Anderson (2-3) on Melky Cabrera’s game-tying triple and Bell’s double that scored Cabrera.

That was Bell’s 65th RBI. He had 62 last season.

“It’s great,” Bell said. “Hopefully I’ll continue to progress and continue to trust the process.”

Cabrera went 2-for-4 and Kevin Newman also had two hits for the Pirates, who won the series after ending a seven-game slide Friday. Pittsburgh finished with seven extra-base hits and the leadoff hitter reached in six of the first seven innings.

“Huge, whenever you put the pressure on them and start getting each pitcher into the stretch, you know they’re getting out of their comfort zone and we took advantage,” Bell said.

Richard Rodriguez (1-3) pitched a scoreless sixth and Kyle Krick got the next five outs. Felipe V’zquez pitched 1 1/3 innings around Austin Dean’s pinch-hit single in the ninth for his 16th save.

“We pitched a little bit better than them and we swung the bats a little bit better than them and we handled the ball defensively,” Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. “So those are pretty good recipes for success.”

Alcantara gave up three runs and eight hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked two.

“Obviously, was not totally clean,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said of Alcantara’s outing. “It seemed like he had battles every inning. Early on, he had some traffic (on the bases) but got out of trouble.”

Alcantara felt he could have continued after his 85-pitch performance.

“I was competing. I was working hard every inning, and just trying to do my best,” Alcantara said. “I don’t think I pitched a bad game today, but the manager took me out and nothing I can do about that.”

The Marlins erased a two-run deficit, scoring four in the fourth on Harold Ramirez’s three-run home run and Alcantara’s RBI single. Ramirez drove Pittsburgh starter Chris Archer’s fastball over the wall in left-center for his second homer of the season.

Archer allowed four runs, seven hits, struck out eight and walked three in five innings.

Jung Ho Kang’s two-run double in the fourth gave the Pirates a 2-0 lead. Kang drove in Colin Moran and Bell, who reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced to third on Moran’s single to right.


A day after pitching four innings in his major league debut, Dario Agrazal was returned to Triple-A Indianapolis. The Pirates recalled Agrazal, 24, early Saturday for his outing, which ended after he allowed three runs, six hits and struck out three in a no-decision.