MIAMI — Last night’s 3-2 win was the Pirates’ first against the Marlins since Oct. 1, 2010, snapping an eight-game losing skid against Miami. The Fish, who last year swept the Bucs at PNC Park and Sun Life Stadium, have triumphed in 12 of the past 15 matchups. “We talked about it before the game,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “We said, it’s time. It’s time for us to do something against these guys.”
»»» Lincoln dealing: RHP Brad Lincoln essentially was a two-pitch pitcher last night — an indication of how well he was doing. “I threw one changeup and got an out with it, but I really didn’t need (the pitch),” Lincoln said. He regretted only one pitch, a 2-1 fastball to Emilio Bonifacio in the fourth inning. “We were just trying to pitch him 6-8 inches off the plate,” Hurdle said. “Unfortunately, that one ended up right down the middle.” Bonifacio lined it to center field for an RBI single.
»»» Cutch raking: Andrew McCutchen is batting .438 (14 for 32) this month. All signs point to McCutchen busting out some more on Wednesday and Thursday against the Nats. Cutch went hitless in his first two games at Nationals Park. But in six games since, he’s gone 12 for 22 (.545) – including four doubles, two triples and a homer — with six RBI, five runs scored and a 1.045 slugging percentage.
»»» More stats: Last night, Rod Barajas had two extra-base hits for the first time since Aug. 31, 2011. … The Pirates are 13-5 when they homer. They’ve won eight of their past nine when putting a ball over the fence.
»»» Minor matter: OF Miles Durham was sent down to Double-A Altoona. In 19 games with Triple-A Indy, Durham batted .143 with a .348 OPS. A 22nd-round pick in 2006, Durham has played the bulk of his minor league career at Altoona. In seven years in the minors, he’s hit .259 with a .720 OPS and has struck out in nearly a quarter of his at-bats.
Game 36: Pirates @ Marlins, 7:10 p.m. ET
Pirates (17-18): 1. Jose Tabata rf, 2. Neil Walker 2b, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 5. Garrett Jones 1b, 6. Clint Barmes ss, 7. Alex Presley lf, 8. Michael McKenry c, 9. Kevin Correia rhp (1-3, 3.47)
Marlins (18-17): 1. Jose Reyes ss, 2. Omar Infante 2b, 3. Hanley Ramirez 3b, 4. Logan Morrison lf, 5. Giancarlo Stanton rf, 6. Greg Dobbs 1b, 7. Emil Bonifacio cf, 8. John Buck c, 9. Josh Johnson rhp (0-3, 5.87)