Hanley Ramirez homers in Florida’s 5-3 win over Pirates

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Ramirez homers in Florida’s 5-3 win over Pirates

MIAMI — Hanley Ramirez homered and Andrew Miller pitched effectively into the seventh inning, leading the Florida Marlins to a 5-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night.

Emilio Bonifacio had three hits and scored twice for Florida, which has won four of five. Dan Meyer pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his second save.

Miller (3-4) allowed three runs, eights hits, one walk and struck out four. He held Pittsburgh hitless through the first four innings.

Andy LaRoche and Garrett Jones homered for Pittsburgh, which has dropped five of seven.

Zach Duke (8-7) gave up four earned runs and eight hits in six innings. He walked three, struck out five and fell to 0-4 in his last six road starts.

Ramirez’s two-run homer in the first gave Florida a 2-0 lead.

Bonifacio led off with a bunt single. One out later, Ramirez hit his 14th home run and sixth in the last 12 games.

Florida went ahead 3-0 in the fourth. Dan Uggla and Cody Ross opened with singles before Ronny Paulino hit into a double-play to score Uggla.

Andy LaRoche homered to left on Miller’s first pitch of the fifth, and Jones homered on Miller’s first pitch of the seventh to make it 4-3.

The Marlins took a 5-3 lead in the seventh. Bonifacio tripled and scored when Ramirez hit into a double play.

Pittsburgh pulled to 3-2 in the sixth when Delwyn Young singled home Andrew McCutchen from second.

Ramirez had a 10-game RBI streak snapped in Friday night’s series-opening 7-4 loss.

NOTES: Pittsburgh 2B Freddy Sanchez (back tightness) was sidelined for a second straight day. He remained day to day. … Rehabbing Pirates C Ryan Doumit (right wrist) went 0 for 5 as the DH with Rookie level Bradenton (Gulf Coast League) on Saturday. … Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said RHP Matt Lindstrom (elbow sprain) and RHP Anibal Sanchez (shoulder sprain) will not accompany the team on the next road trip, which begins Monday in San Francisco. “They’ll stay behind and work toward getting better,” Gonzalez said. … Former cricket hurlers Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, who finished first and second in an India-based reality television show, made their professional pitching debuts Saturday for Bradenton. LHP Singh, winner of “The Million Dollar Arm” TV show, allowed one run and two hits in one inning. RHP Dinesh Patel pitcheda scoreless inning with one strikeout.

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