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Volquez, Pirates shutdown Marlins, 7-2

PITTSBURGH -- Edinson Volquez delivered another gem for the Pirates Thursday night, pitching seven shutout innings of one-hit baseball to lead the club to a 7-2 win against the Miami Marlins.

Gregory Polanco drove in four runs and made a play in right field that would have made his long-ago predecessors proud.

The Pirates were riding another fantastic start by Volquez when they busted out three runs in the fourth, getting an RBI single by Russell Martin, and a two-RBI, bases-loaded single by Polanco.

The Marlins quickly threatened in the fifth, when Volquez walked Jarrod Saltalamacchia before surrendering his only hit of the game to Donovan Solano which put two on.

Adeiny Hechavarria popped up in foul territory, where Polanco tracked and caught the ball at the railing. He then planted, and fired to third baseman Jayson Nix to double off Saltalamacchia who had attempted to tag-up. That shut down the Marlins' only real threat of the night.

Volquez finished at 106 pitches after seven innings, giving up just one hit, and no earned runs. He struck out seven and walked three.

He put the Marlins down in order in the third, fourth, sixth and seventh innings.

The Pirates added two more runs in the fifth, and two more in the eighth.

Josh Harrison led the fifth off with a single to left, which brought his hit streak to 11 games, a career high. He stole second and scored on a single by Jordy Mercer before Gaby Sanchez drove in a run with a line drive single to center field.

Polanco drove in two more with a double in the eighth.

Giancarlo Stanton hit the first home run of his career at PNC Park off Stolmy Pimentel in the ninth with a runner on, to plate the Marlins a pair of runs.

The game took a scary turn in the bottom of the seventh when Marlins reliever Dan Jennings took a line drive by Mercer off the temple, and slumped to the ground.

He was conscious, but appeared disoriented and was eventually carted off for medical evaluation.

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