Pirates 3, Marlins 1

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MIAMI (AP)—Blisters keep getting the better of Josh Beckett.

The World Series MVP went back on the disabled list Monday night after leaving his start against Pittsburgh early in the Florida Marlins’ 3-1 loss.

Beckett, who hadn’t started since June 17 because of a lower back strain, was pulled after four innings because of a blister. He allowed two earned runs on five hits in his 73-pitch outing.

“I keep getting bit by this,” Beckett said. “I don’t know what it is. Hopefully, after the All-Star break, I’ll be able to come back.

“Right now, words can’t describe how I feel. I don’t like to miss games like this, but I know I can’t pitch with it the way it is.”

It’s the second time he’s come off the DL only to promptly return. He was making just his second start since May 30, a day before he went on the disabled list because of a blister on his right middle finger.

“This time, it bled,” Beckett said. “The thing was dripping blood. I really don’t know why this thing keeps popping.”

Kip Wells pitched eight shutout innings for the Pirates’ 10th straight win.

Wells (4-5) won for the first time since May 1, allowing four hits and striking out eight for his first win in eight starts.

“All wins are good, but when your team is doing well, you want to contribute and say you did your part,” Wells said. “We’ve been playing well, and I wanted to contribute and keep things going.”

Jose Mesa pitched the ninth for his 21st save in 22 chances, but allowed Alex Gonzalez’s RBI double. With one out, catcher Jason Kendall made a heads-up play to prevent another run from scoring.

He ran to retrieve a wild pitch that bounced off the wall behind home and dove across the plate to tag out Gonzalez by inches as he tried to score from third.

In the second inning, Jose Castillo hit a solo homer for a 2-0 lead as the Pirates won for the 11th time in their last 13. Craig Wilson hit a two-out RBI double off Beckett in the first.

The Pirates added an unearned run in the third on shortstop Gonzalez’s throwing error.

With Kendall on second and Jack Wilson on first, Rob Mackowiak hit a grounder to second. Gonzalez threw wildly to first trying to turn the doubleplay, and Kendall scored.

Notes

Florida has lost 12 of its last 17. … Jack Wilson, who leads the NL in hits, went 2-for-4 to give him 115. … The Pirates have eight homers in their last four games. … The Marlins have gone hitless in their last 28 at-bats with runners in scoring position. … The Marlins had their streak of games without an error end at six. … Florida C Mike Redman left the game inthe seventh with lower back stiffness.

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