Coming off a big night at the plate, the Florida Marlins look to post consecutive wins for the first time in more than two weeks when they continue their four-game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday at PNC Park.
Dan Uggla went 2-for-5 with two homers and four RBIs in Florida’s 9-3 win on Tuesday, as the Marlins snapped a four-game losing streak and improved to 1-4 on their 10-game road trip.
Florida (17-22), which is 4-9 since last winning back-to-back games April 30-May 1, exceeded its seven-run offensive output from the entire four-game skid, which included two shutouts.
“This was a good win for us, obviously,” Marlins infielder Aaron Boone said. “We’ve been scuffling a little bit lately, and a lot of guys had a hand in it offensively. It was nice to have a fun one, and hopefully this will get us going in the right direction.”
Hanley Ramirez went 3-for-4 with a homer and scored three runs for the Marlins, who allowed fewer than six runs for the first time on the road trip.
“I feel like I’ve been down and haven’t been helping my team win, and finally I got it,” said Ramirez, who is batting .441 (15-for-34) against the Pirates for his career.
Third baseman Miguel Cabrera, who is in an 0-for-15 slump, is expected back in the lineup for the Marlins after being given the night off Tuesday in favor of Boone. Cabrera, who is hitting .311, had hit safely in 14 of 15 games prior to going hitless in his last four contests.
The Marlins could be in good shape with Scott Olsen (3-3, 4.87 ERA) taking the mound. The left-hander is trying to avoid a third straight loss overall, but won both of his starts against the Pirates last season while yielding only three earned runs in 12 2-3 innings.
Olsen allowed three earned runs and 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings of the Marlins’ 6-0 loss at Washington on Friday. Florida has scored just one run with six hits in his last two starts.
“I’ve got to go out there and pitch my game, no matter what our offense is doing,” Olsen told the Marlins’ official Web site.
Pittsburgh (17-21), which failed to win a third consecutive game Tuesday, had scored 20 runs over its previous two contests.
Like Olsen, Zach Duke (1-4, 5.61) looks to avoid a third straight loss when he takes the ball for the Pirates. Duke allowed four runs - all in the sixth inning - with nine hits in 5 2-3 innings of Pittsburgh’s 4-1 loss to Atlanta on Friday.
“It looks worse than I feel like I actually threw,” Duke told the Pirates’ official Web site.
The right-hander, who has not won since April 8, is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in two career starts against the Marlins.