Sat, 02 Dec 2023

Marlins clinch wild-card berth by beating Pirates

Field Level Media
01 Oct 2023, 12:19 GMT+10

(Photo credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

Jazz Chisholm Jr. homered and added an RBI single Saturday for the visiting Miami Marlins, who beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-3 to clinch a National League wild-card spot.

Josh Bell added a two-run double and sacrifice fly RBI, and Bryan De La Cruz an RBI single for the Marlins (84-76).

Miami reliever JT Chargois, used as an opener, pitched to three batters, giving up one hit and recording two outs.

A.J. Puk (7-5) gave up one run in two innings. Tanner Scott got his 12th save.

Endy Rodriguez and Bryan Reynolds each hit an RBI single for the Pirates (75-86).

Pittsburgh starter Quinn Priester (3-3) allowed four runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Jorge Soler doubled to the corner in left in the first and went to third on Bell's infield single. An out later, Chisholm singled to right for a 1-0 lead.

Pittsburgh tied it in the second. Rodriguez singled to center. Liover Peguero singled to right. Ji Hwan Bae grounded into a forceout at second, with Rodriguez taking third. Nick Gonzales bunted, with pitcher George Soriano's throwing error allowing Rodriguez to score.

Chisholm hit his 19th homer, to right-center, in the third inning, making it 2-1.

Pittsburgh tied it in the fifth. Ke'Bryan Hayes doubled to right. Two outs later, Rodriguez singled to center to score him.

In the sixth, Jon Berti walked, Garrett Hampson reached on a bunt single and Jacob Stallings bunted them up a base. That chased Priester for Dauri Moreta. Soler's fielder's choice drove in Berti, and Bell's sacrifice fly brought Hampson home to increase it to 4-2.

Berti singled in the eighth and went to second on Hampson's groundout. An out later, Soler was intentionally walked. Berti and Soler moved up on Jose Hernandez's wild pitch, and both scored on Bell's double to center for a 6-2 lead.

With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Gonzales walked and later scored on Reynolds' single to right to close it to 6-3.

De La Cruz singled home Chisholm, who had doubled, in the ninth.

--Field Level Media

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