Jul 28, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins second baseman Donovan Solano (left) greets shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (right) after Hechavarria turned the double play in the sixth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Marlins Park. Marlins won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Miami ended the four-game series with the New York Mets with a 3-0 win, successfully splitting the series. Tom Koehler, who, with the help of a sad New York lineup, earned his third win of the season going punch for punch with Matt Harvey.
Koehler wasn’t particularly intimidating batters this afternoon, working six scoreless innings, but allowing five free passes to match his strikeout total. A.J. Ramos, who is working on a solid full season out of the Marlins pen, punched out two in as many innings to set up Steve Cishek’s 23rd save of the season.
Miami accomplished all of their damage in the sixth inning. Juan Pierre, pinch hitting for Koehler, started a rally with his 2,207th hit. That matches former Royal great Willie Wilson. (h/t Buster Olney’s twitter)
Pierre went first-to-third on a Christian Yelich single, and scored on another single from Logan Morrison. Donovan Solano picked up two RBI with a single of his own to force Harvey out of the game. Jake Marisnick struck out to end the rally, his second of three Ks on the day.
The Marlins continue their home stand tomorrow when the Cleveland Indians come to town. Jose Fernandez takes the mound in a rematch of the 1997 World Series while Ubaldo Jimenez is scheduled to start for Cleveland. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.