April 15, 2018 / 2:12 AM / 8 months ago

Bunt hits lift Pirates to 1-0 win over Marlins

The Pittsburgh Pirates bunted their way to a 1-0 win over the Miami Marlins on Saturday at Marlins Park.

In the ninth inning, with Starling Marte on third and Josh Bell on first Corey Dickerson popped up a bunt that went over the head of Miami reliever Brad Ziegler to score Marte with the winning run. Marte had reached based with a one-out bunt earlier in the inning.

George Kontos (1-1) earned the victory as four Pittsburgh pitchers held Miami to six hits. Felipe Vazquez retired all three batters in the ninth to record his fifth save in five attempts.

Francisco Cervelli had a pair of hits for the Pirates.

The second game of the series was a pitchers’ duel from the start between a pair of right-handers — Pittsburgh’s Jameson Taillon and Miami’s Trevor Richards.

Taillon hurled six scoreless innings, giving up four hits in his third quality start of the season. He fired a one-hit shutout in a 5-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds last Sunday, earning him National League Player of the Week honors. The shutout was the first of his career.

Starlin Castro and Brian Anderson each had two hits for Miami, and Ziegler (0-3) took the loss.

Richards kept the Pirates off the board over seven innings in his best outing in the big leagues. He allowed just two hits, struck out two and walked one.

Richards was making his third start for the Marlins, and he stated his case to remain in the rotation. Miami is without injured starters Dan Straily and Wei-Yin Chen, and the Marlins used career reliever Jarlin Garcia as a starter in loss to the New York Mets on Wednesday.

In his previous two starts against the Boston Red Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies, Richards failed to make it through five innings, allowing a total of eight runs.

The only batter Richards had a problem with Saturday was Cervelli, who reached base all three times. The catcher had a ground-rule double and a single and was also hit by a pitch in the first seven innings. The only other Pirate to reach base against Richards was Jordy Mercer, who drew an intentional walk after Cervelli’s double.

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