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Hayes hits single and RBI double, Pirates pitching remains sharp in 7-2 win over Marlins

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MIAMI (AP) — Ke’Bryan Hayes had a single and an RBI double, and the Pittsburgh Pirates used another solid pitching outing to beat the Marlins 7-2 on Friday night.

Michael A. Taylor and Connor Joe also doubled for the Pirates, who beat the Marlins in front of 13,636 people at loanDepot park — a sharp decline in attendance from the crowd of 32,564 on opening day. Marlins games have typically been among the fewest attended in MLB for years, but Thursday’s opening-day home crowd was Miami’s largest since 2016.

Starter Martín Pérez held the Marlins to one run through four innings, allowing six hits with two strikeouts and three walks in his Pirates debut.

Pérez, a 36-year-old left-hander, signed an $8 million, one-year deal with Pittsburgh after winning the World Series with Texas last November.

“I always say, they’re not perfect,” Pérez said of his pitches. “They’re going to miss. … I know it’s going to be a long season, and we just have to continue to pound the zone.”

Ryder Ryan (1-0) replaced Pérez in the fifth and pitched 1 2/3 innings of one-hit ball with two strikeouts. Josh Flemming limited Miami to one hit in the seventh and eighth before giving up back-to-back singles starting the ninth. He then retired Jonah Bride on a popout, and Christian Bethancourt and reigning NL batting champion Luis Arraez on groundouts.

Jake Burger drove in Miami’s first run with a single in the third that scored Arraez, who remains hitless in the series. Burger had his second straight multihit game, but the Marlins have been hurt by grounding into seven double plays this season.

“Any time we go out there we know the defense behind us is going to make plays,” Flemming said. “I think whenever we go out there we know who we are as pitchers. For me, I know I’m gonna get a lot of ground balls. And that’s what I’m looking for any time a guy gets on first base, I’m looking for a ground ball to try and get that double play.”

Miami’s A.J. Puk (0-1) struggled in his first big league start, giving up three hits, four runs and six walks in two innings. Puk went 7-5 in 58 relief appearances last season but was moved to the rotation because of injuries.

“I think there were some grip issues or something going on. I’ll have to talk to him,” Marlins manager Skip Schumaker said. “He’s usually a really good command guy. Doesn’t really walk too many people. It wasn’t borderline — it was pretty erratic. So we’ve got to see what happened and work on whatever he was not feeling. He wasn’t feeling right, obviously, so we’ve got some work to do.”

Puk walked three of his first four batters in the second around a single, forcing in the game’s first run with a free pass to Jared Triolo. Bryan Hoeing replaced Puk and gave up two hits and a run with four strikeouts over four innings.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Pirates: RHP Colin Holderman, on the 15-day IL with an illness, began a rehab assignment Friday night with Triple-A Indianapolis and allowed three runs, two hits and a walk in two-third of an inning against Louisville. He threw 24 pitches.

UP NEXT

RHP Jared Jones will start for the Pirates on Saturday, while the Marlins will send LHP Ryan Weathers.

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By ALANIS THAMES
AP Sports Writer

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