Pavano looks to continue his overpowering pitching when Florida faces Pittsburgh in the finale of a three-game series.
A 6-3 loss Tuesday ended the Pirates’ winning streak, their longest since taking 11 in a row from Sept. 12-22, 1996.
“It’s going to happen. That’s baseball,” Pirates catcher Jason Kendall said of the streak ending. “This one’s over with. We’ll start another one tomorrow.”
That could be tough if Pavano pitches the way he did in June. The right-hander was the pitcher of the month after going 5-0 with a 1.37 ERA. Pavano, named to his first All-Star game Sunday, has a team-high nine wins and a team-best 2.92 ERA for the Marlins.
Pavano had won a career-best six straight decisions before losing 4-2 at home to Tampa Bay on Friday. He gave up four runs and a season-high 12 hits in seven innings, marking only the third time in his 13 outings this season that he had allowed more than three runs.
“He didn’t have his best stuff, but he was keeping it close,” Marlins manager Jack McKeon said.
The Marlins won for just the second time in seven games and avoided dropping to .500. Florida picked up a game in the standings, moving two back of the Phillies for a second-place tie with the New York Mets in the NL East.
Alex Gonzalez hit a three-run homer, his second in the last three games.
“That was a big win,” Marlins leadoff man Juan Pierre said. “It would be nice to get on a streak, but I don’t know if any of the teams in our division are going to do that. The way it looks now, it’s going to be a dogfight right down to the finish line.”