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Pirates fall to Marlins in extra innings

The Pirates are ready to go home after a 2-5 road trip after the team dropped the final game of their four-game series against the Miami Marlins, falling 43 in extra innings on Thursday.

Pittsburgh finished the last three games of the series with a total of 13 hits.

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was surprised at the lack of hits the team has mustered over that stretch.

“I don’t ever remember being involved in a game where we were no-hit through five and no-hit through six back-to-back nights,” Hurdle said in the postgame press conference on Root Sports. “That stuff was legit.”

Miami’s Wei-Yin Chen went six innings, giving up two earned runs and punching out five. Chen also had a no-hitter going until the seventh inning, when he gave up a leadoff double to Jung Ho Kang.

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Juan Nicasio started the game for Pittsburgh, giving up three earned runs and striking out four in six innings. Pirates relievers held the Marlins hitless from the bottom of the fourth inning until the bottom of the 12th, when Yelich hit a double into the right center field gap off Pirates reliever A.J. Schugel, driving Martin Prado in from first to end the game.

The ball was close to being ruled a ground-rule double, which would have extended the inning because Prado would not have been allowed to advance past third base.

Jared Hughes, Mark Melancon, Neftali Feliz and Schugel combined to pitch 5.2 innings in relief and only giving up the game-winning hit.

Dustin McGowan, Kyle Barraclough, and Nick Wittgren pitched six innings in relief for Miami. Wittgren picked up the first win of his major league career.

Francisco Cervelli (ankle), Andrew McCutchen(hamstring), David Freese (hand) and Jordy Mercer (elbow) all left the game due to injury. All of the injuries except McCutchen’s were due to a hit by pitch.

“It’s spray command,” Hurdle said. “It’s a team looking to find some identity on pitching in and not having good command. I don’t think any of them were intent, it’s spray command. That’s the hard part of it.”

The Pirates will come home Friday for a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels, with first pitch slated for 7:05 p.m. at PNC Park. Francisco Liriano (4-4, 4.63 ERA) and Jered Weaver (4-4, 5.40 ERA) will take the mound for the first game of the homestand.

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