Pirates use 5-run sixth to blow out Marlins

Ke’Bryan Hayes homered and drove in three runs and the Pittsburgh Pirates scored five times in the sixth inning Friday to blast the visiting Miami Marlins 9-2.

Both starters left early, Pittsburgh’s Mitch Keller because of what the team called a heat illness, and Miami’s Cody Poteet because of a right MCL sprain.

Jacob Stallings hit a two-run single, Adam Frazier had two RBI singles, Bryan Reynolds hit an RBI double and Gregory Polanco added an RBI single for the Pirates.

Keller pitched two innings, giving up two runs on two hits, with three walks and two strikeouts.

Duane Underwood Jr. (2-2) pitched two scoreless innings, Chris Stratton the final 3 2/3 innings for his first save.

Jose Devers delivered a two-run double for Miami, which lost its seventh straight.

Poteet (2-2) pitched 2 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on two hits, with four walks and two strikeouts.

Frazier drew a four-pitch walk in the first. Hayes homered to center, his second, for a 2-0 Pittsburgh lead.

The Marlins tied it in the second. With one out, Keller walked the bases loaded. After Poteet hit into a fielder’s choice with Jazz Chisholm Jr. out at home, Devers hit a two-run double.

With one out in the third, Frazier and Hayes walked. Reynolds bounced into a double play, with Frazier going to third. Polanco’s single brought Frazier home to give the Pirates a 3-2 lead.

Poteet was evaluated on the mound before manager Don Mattingly pulled him.

Against reliever Adam Cimber in the fourth, Kevin Newman singled and went to second on Erik Gonzalez’s single. Pinch-hitter Cole Tucker walked to load the bases. Frazier knocked in Newman with a single for a 4-2 Pittsburgh lead.

In the sixth against reliever Zach Pop, Gonzalez singled with one out and went to third on Ben Gamel’s double. Frazier, with his National League-leading 74 th hit, drove in Gonzalez with a single. Hayes’ RBI single made it 6-2, Reynolds doubled home Frazier, and Stallings drove in two with a base hit to extend it to 9-2.

Miami catcher Sandy Leon pitched a scoreless eighth.

–Field Level Media

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