- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 6, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Tom Koehler settled down after a rocky first inning but it was already too late.

The Miami Marlins right-hander gave up four runs in the first then held the Pirates scoreless through the sixth, but Jeff Locke overcame his own shaky start to pitch seven innings and Josh Harrison had three hits to extend his hot streak as the Pirates won 7-3 on Wednesday night.

“It seems like the one big inning keeps biting Tom and it did again tonight,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.

The Pirates jumped on Koehler quickly with the first four batters reaching base.

Ike Davis’ two-run double put Pittsburgh ahead 2-1. Travis Snider brought home a run with a ground out and Jordy Mercer capped the inning with an RBI single.

“I made some good pitches early in the inning that they hit but then I started falling behind in the count and had to come in with my fastball,” Koehler said. “They’re a very good fastball-hitting team. You don’t want to put them in fastball-hitting counts the way I did.”

Koehler (7-9) allowed five hits, walked four and struck out four. It was the second time in his last nine starts that Koehler allowed more than three runs.

“I can’t give up a four spot in the first inning, especially to this team on the road,” Koehler said. “I put us in a bad position.”

Locke (3-3) gave up three runs in the first two innings, and then shut out the Marlins over his last five. The left-hander gave up six hits, no walks, and struck out seven, beating Miami for the first time in five starts.

“It’s easy to let things snowball, it’s easy to let things carry on,” Locke said. “I settled down. I started to get more in control.”

Christian Yelich hit a two-run homer that drew Miami within 4-3 in the second. The Marlins never scored again and Locke retired the last 13 batters he faced.

Harrison hit a double and scored twice. He is 20 for 44 during a 10-game hitting streak, with six doubles, one triple and five home runs.

Jeff Baker singled in a run in the first for the Marlins.

Russell Martin hit an RBI single in the seventh to give the Pirates a 5-3 cushion before Gaby Sanchez broke the game open with a two-run double.


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