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Marlins Beat Pirates to Avoid Sweep

Miami Marlins pitcher Sandy Alcantara throws a runner out at first base after fielding a bunt against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the second inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, in Miami. (AP Photo/Jim Rassol)

MIAMI — Lewin Diaz led off the bottom of the 10th with a two-run homer off Chad Kuhl, and the Miami Marlins beat Pittsburgh 6-5 Sunday to deny the Pirates what would have been their first series sweep this season.

Diaz’s drive off Kuhl (5-7) bounced off the facade in right-center for his first game-ending home run of his big league career. It scored Jesus Sanchez, the automatic runner under pandemic rules.

“It was very exciting to have that opportunity,” Diaz said. “I was thinking of not doing too much, just putting the ball in play.”

In a see-saw game, Hoy Park put Pittsburgh ahead with a two-run homer in the ninth off Dylan Floro, and Bryan De La Cruz hit a tying single against Chris Stratton with two outs in the bottom half.

Ben Gamel’s sacrifice fly off Steven Okert (2-1) gave the Pirates a 5-4 lead in the 10th after automatic runner Ke’Bryan Hayes advanced on a wild pitch.

“If we keep winning the first two games of a series and put ourselves in position to sweep, we’re going to be in good shape,” Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said.

“But today’s a tough one because we had the lead twice and ended giving it up.”

Miami starter Sandy Alcantara allowed two runs and four hits in six-plus innings.

“Sandy’s stuff is always good,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said. “I didn’t see him as sharp but Sandy’s always good.”

Joe Panik snapped an 0-for-14 slide with a two-run double in the fourth that gave Miami its first lead in the series.

Sánchez’s sacrifice fly in the fifth made it 3-1 before Anthony Alford’s RBI triple off Alcantara in the seventh got the Pirates within a run.

Pittsburgh starter Max Kranick, recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis, allowed three runs and four hits in five innings.

BENCHMARK

Alcantara made his 31st start and also is six shy of 200 innings this season. The 24-year-old likely has two outing remaining.

“Throw a lot of innings is the goal I strived for this year,” Alcantara said. “I want to finish strong and healthy. That’s what I always ask God.”

PRODUCTIVE WEEKEND

Cole Tucker went 6 for 11 in the series against Miami, raising his average to .211.

“That’s what I’m striving to do every time,” Tucker said. “To hit it on the head and have true success all weekend was really fun. I’ll try to carry over it into Cincinnati.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Pirates: RHP Bryse Wilson (left hamstring strain) was placed on the 10-day injured list. Wilson sustained the injury after attempting to beat out a grounder in the fifth inning of Saturday’s game, which Wilson started and won his first outing as a Pirate.

UP NEXT

Pirates: LHP Dillon Peters (1-2, 2.66) is to start the opener of a three-game series at Cincinnati on Monday.

Marlins: LHP Jesús Luzardo (5-8, 6.80) will make his second consecutive start against Washington on Monday. Luzardo lasted 4 1/3 innings and allowed four runs and seven hits at Washington on Sept. 14.

INDIANS 11, YANKEES 1

NEW YORK (AP) — Gerrit Cole stumbled when the New York Yankees needed an ace-like outing, allowing seven runs over 5 2/3 innings in a costly 11-1 defeat to the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.

After losing consecutive games by eight or more runs for the first time since May 2008, New York dropped 1 1/2 games behind Toronto for the second AL wild card and 2 1/2 games back of wild card leader Boston with 12 games left.

CARDINALS 8, PADRES 7

ST. LOUIS (AP) — San Diego center fielder Fernando Tatis Jr. dropped Nolan Arenado’s bases-loaded popup and heaved the ball home, leading to a five-run first inning as St. Louis completed a three-game sweep and extended its winning streak to eight.

BLUE JAYS 5, TWINS 3

TORONTO (AP) — Jose Berrios (12-9) allowed three runs and four hits in 6 2/3 innings to beat the team that traded him to Toronto on July 30.

RED SOX 8, ORIOLES 6

BOSTON (AP) — Kike Hernandez’s game-tying RBI single caromed off the second-base bag and into shallow center field, sparking a three-run, seventh-inning rally that carried Boston to a three-game sweep and five-game winning streak.

TIGERS 2, RAYS 0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Wily Peralta (4-3) gave up three hits in seven innings, Eric Haase homered off Shane McClanahan (9-6) and Dustin Garneau went deep against Nick Anderson.

ATHLETICS 3, ANGELS 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani struck out 10 but went winless in consecutive starts on the mound for the first time since June.

MARINERS 7, ROYALS 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Rookie Jarred Kelenic homered, doubled twice and went 5 for 9 with three home runs, two doubles, three walks and seven RBIs in the three-game series.

WHITE SOX 7, RANGERS 2

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Jose Abreu capped a five-run fourth inning with a two-run single that tied him with Kansas City’s Salvador Perez for the major league RBIs lead at 113.

Yasmani Grandal homered for the second game in a row and Chicago closed on making the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time. The White Sox lead the AL Central by 11 games over second-place Cleveland.

DODGERS 8, REDS 5

CINCINNATI (AP) — Clayton Kershaw (10-7) allowed one run and three hits over five sharp innings for his first win since June 27.

Gavin Lux and Corey Seager hit two-run homers and Will Smith went deep as the Dodgers won for the eighth time in nine games. They began the afternoon two games behind San Francisco in the NL West.

CUBS 6, BREWERS 4

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Patrick Wisdom set a Cubs rookie record with his 27th homer, hitting a three-run drive that capped a five-run comeback in the eighth.

ASTROS 7, DIAMONDBACKS 6

HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Siri and Chas McCormick hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth off Brandyn Sittinger (0-1).

AL West-leading Houston won for the fourth time in five games and cut Tampa Bay’s lead for the best record in the AL to 3 ½ games.

NATIONALS 3, ROCKIES 0

WASHINGTON (AP) — Juan Soto homered to back Paolo Espino (5-5), who allowed three hits in 5 2/3 innings and helped end the Rockies’ rare five-game road winning streak.

BRAVES 3, GIANTS 0

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Eddie Rosario, acquired from Cleveland on July 30, became the second Atlanta player in a month to hit for the cycle. Adam Duvall also homered, his 36th.

Max Fried (12-7) allowed three hits in seven innings for the Braves, who began the day with a one-game lead over Philadelphia in the NL East. Will Smith got his 33rd save.

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