- Associated Press - Sunday, August 21, 2016

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The hottest team in the majors coming into their weekend series, the Pittsburgh Pirates got swept.

Christian Yelich homered in the first inning, Miami added a pair of unearned runs and the Marlins rallied past the Pirates 3-2 Sunday.

Pittsburgh entered the series with the majors’ best record since June 24 at 28-17 and had won six of its previous seven. But the Pirates lost three games by a total of four runs to one of the teams they’re competing with for an NL wild card.

“It’s a snapshot of the way a baseball seasons goes,” Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. “You go out on the road and go 5-1 then you come home and get swept in a series in which you have a chance to win each game. All you can do is come back and keep playing.”

Jose Urena (2-4) allowed two runs and four hits in six innings as the Marlins swept a series for the sixth time this season. He lowered his ERA from 6.80 to 6.33.

Miami went 6-1 this year against the Pirates and moved ahead of Pittsburgh in the NL wild-card race. The Marlins (65-59) trail St. Louis (66-57) by 1 1/2 games for the NL’s second wild card.

Wearing 1970s throwback uniforms and caps, the Pirates (62-59) dropped 1 1/2 games back of Miami and three behind St. Louis.

Ryan Vogelsong (2-3) gave up three runs and three hits in six innings, regretting only an 0-2 fastball to Yelich.

“I didn’t feel I had the normal zip on the ball, but I’m a veteran and I’ve learned how to fight through that over the years,” Vogelsong said. “You just keep pitching and do the best you can with what you’ve got. I threw 96 pitches and there is only one I would like back. I’ll take that any day of the week and twice on Sundays.”

The only Miami earned run came on Yelich’s 15th homer. He has five in 12 games at PNC Park and 30 in 438 major league games elsewhere.

“I thought it was a solid outing,” Hurdle said of Vogelsong. “He went six innings, threw 96 pitches and gave up only one earned run. You’ll take that every time out.”

Fernando Rodney completed the five-hitter, working around a two-out walk in the ninth. Rodney retired Francisco Cervelli on a game-ending groundout for his third save of the series and 24th in 26 chances this season.

Pittsburgh took a 2-1 lead in the fourth. With runners at second and third, David Freese hit a bouncer off the glove of third baseman Martin Prado for an error and Josh Bell following with a sacrifice fly.

Miami, just 12-19 at PNC Park over the previous decade coming on, went ahead in the fifth without hitting a ball out of the infield. Adeiny Hechavarria reached leading off on a throwing error by shortstop Sean Rodriguez and scored on Prado’s RBI groundout. Dee Gordon reached on a bunt single, stole second, took third on Prado’s grounder and came home when Vogelsong bounced a wild pitch past catcher Eric Fryer.


Pirates: RHP Tyler Glasnow (shoulder) is slated to throw four innings and 65 pitches in a rehabilitation start Monday at Double-A Altoona. Glasnow has been on the disabled list since July 24. … General manager Neal Huntington said the team will continue to monitor rookie RHP Jameson Taillon, who missed 2014 because of Tommy John surgery and 2015 due to a sports hernia. He has thrown 127 2/3 innings with the Pirates and at Triple-A this season. “Our goal is to get him in the position to go deep into October,” Huntington said. “At the same time we don’t want to leave pitches in the bank.”


Pirates: Taillon (3-2) is to start Monday against the former division rival Houston, which will be playing the Pirates for the first time since 2013.

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