Pirates welcome again Colin Moran, but Marlins take benefit of mistake to steer clear of series sweep

The Pittsburgh Pirates welcomed Colin Moran back again with open up arms, inserting him into the commencing lineup at initial foundation and in the cleanup spot of the batting order just after a 28-day absence.

And Moran built an instant impression, fielding a pair of grounders in the top rated of the initially inning and drilling an RBI double in his first at-bat to give the Pirates an early guide around the Miami Marlins.

What Moran could not regulate was how his counterpart would effect the sport, as Jesus Aguilar homered, hit a sacrifice fly and made stops at 1st for the remaining two outs to direct the Marlins to a 3-1 comeback gain to avoid a four-match sweep Sunday afternoon prior to 5,477 at PNC Park.

“It’s great to have him back again in our lineup,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton mentioned. “It lengthens our lineup, which is crucial. It is good to have him back again.”

The Pirates (23-35) have Monday off, then host the Los Angeles Dodgers for a 3-game sequence.

Moran was positioned on the 10-day injured checklist May possibly 9 just after straining his left groin versus the Chicago Cubs, an damage compounded for the Pirates when backup Phillip Evans strained his hamstring 3 times later. The Pirates turned to Todd Frazier, Will Craig and Erik Gonzalez, none of whom could replicate his energy in the middle of the lineup.

“It was enjoyment just to enjoy baseball once again,” Moran explained. “I loved being on a baseball area, even at the rehab assignment. Taking time off was tough due to the fact I just get pleasure from playing baseball.”

Moran squandered no time choosing up where by he remaining off. Adam Frazier achieved on a fielding error by Aguilar and state-of-the-art to third on a double engage in, finding into scoring posture for Moran. Moran didn’t hesitate to swing at Sandy Alcantra’s 1st pitch, an 85 mph curveball he grounded down the suitable-industry line for a double for a 1- direct.

Aguilar enjoyed participating in in opposition to the Pirates, heading 6 for 13 (.461) with two homers and 5 RBIs in the sequence for the Marlins (25-33). He despatched Chad Kuhl’s 2-2 slider 444 ft about the left-discipline fence to tie it 1-1 in the 2nd inning, but it was the sixth that spelled problems for the Pirates.

Kuhl (-3) obtained off to a tough start off in the sixth, hitting Jazz Chisholm with a pitch and offering up a single to left to Starling Marte. Corey Dickerson hit a plan grounder to 2nd, but Frazier was intense in chasing the double engage in rather of the straightforward out.

That backfired when Frazier’s reduced throw skipped off the glove of shortstop Erik Gonzalez and into the outfield, allowing Chisholm to rating for a 2-1 direct and Marte to advance to 3rd.

“I considered he built the appropriate enjoy,” Shelton explained. “Gonzo, as we have witnessed, is elite. It was just a difficult enjoy. It is one particular of those ones that, if you make it, it’s a heck of a engage in. It just turned in opposition to us and, as nicely as we performed defensively, it form of stands out.”

Aguilar created it 3-1 with a sacrifice fly to ideal to rating Marte. Gonzalez recovered to make a nice play to stop the inning, having the throw from catcher Michael Perez and generating a swiping tag to capture Jon Berti thieving 2nd.

But, following a weekend of wild wins, the Pirates ran out of rallies.

Kuhl leaned heavily on his slider — throwing it on 39 of 82 pitches (48%) — and authorized two earned runs on three hits in six innings. He gave up a homer, walked a single batter and hit an additional. Marlins starter Sandy Alcantra (3-5) gave up one run on six hits and two walks with 6 strikeouts in eight innings. Yimi Garcia gained his 13th help save.

Alcantra stranded runners in every of his last four innings, including two at 3rd base — Ben Gamel in the fifth and Frazier in the eighth — by relying on great site and a dangerous pitch repertoire.

“He’s just obtained definitely very good stuff,” Moran stated. “He’s managing the fastball up there to 99, had a really great changeup, superior slider. He located all a few of people pitches, at the very least to me. That is what I noticed, for the most section. He had a actually fantastic changeup. It was rough to deal with that a great deal mile for each hour. You have 99 that can be at the top of the zone and changeups that are on the lookout like it’s going to be a fastball down and drop out of the zone.”

Kevin Gorman is a Tribune-Evaluate workers author. You can call Kevin by email at kgorman@triblive.com or by using Twitter .