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Brault, offense come alive as Pirates demolish Marlins 11-0

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Steven Brault scattered eight hits over six innings, and the Pittsburgh Pirates stopped a seven-game slide by routing the Miami Marlins, 11-0, on Friday night.

Brault (3-1) was hit on his left leg by Starlin Castro’s line drive in the first, but it didn’t seem to affect him much. The left-hander struck out six and walked none. He also went 2 for 2.

Colin Moran drove in a career-high five runs with two singles and a homer, and Bryan Reynolds had a career-best four hits for the Pirates, who got their first win since June 6 against Atlanta. They finished with 18 hits, matching a season high.

The Pirates broke it open with a four-run fifth off Trevor Richards. Josh Bell tripled in Reynolds and scored on Moran’s base hit.

Moran’s three-run shot in the seventh increased the Pirates’ lead to 8-0. The former Marlins No. 1 draft pick drove Jeff Bigham’s fastball over the wall in left-center for his 10th homer.

Jose Osuna connected for his second pinch-hit homer of the season in the eighth, a two-run drive off Jarlin Garcia.

Three relievers pitched the final three innings for the Pirates.

Richards (3-7) allowed five runs and 11 hits in five innings. In his previous four starts, Richards limited opposing hitters to a .160 average in 24 2/3 innings.

Moran’s single to center drove in Marte from second to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Marte reached on an infield single and advanced to second on Richards’ throwing error.

Brault escaped from a bases-loaded situation in the third when he struck out Jorge Alfaro.

Pirates pitcher Trevor Williams (right side strain) showed no discomfort in his rehab start of three innings Thursday at Triple-A Indianapolis, and Jameson Taillon (right elbow flexor strain) recently began gripping exercises and range of motion activities.

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