Saturday, August 30, 2003
Playoff-chasing Florida has lost six of seven games.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Florida Marlins were even more disappointed than Jason Kendall that the Pittsburgh Pirates didn't trade their starting catcher.
Kendall, upset at not being dealt along with Brian Giles to San Diego earlier in the day, hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning Tuesday and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the slumping Marlins, 4-3.
The Marlins lost their sixth time in seven games, but stayed tied with the Phillies in the NL wild-card race as the Expos rallied from eight runs down to beat Philadelphia 14-10.
"You can't do much with four hits," said Marlins manager Jack McKeon, who may shake up his batting order today. "I can't hit it for them. If they want to stay in this thing, they have to do the job. We need to get some of our big bats going."
Three hits for catcher
Kendall singled ahead of Craig Wilson's run-scoring single in the first and doubled in the fifth, then hit his sixth homer after Marlins starter Mark Redman hit Tike Redman with a pitch in the seventh.
Kendall's three-hit night came hours after his best friend on the team, Giles, was dealt to the Padres in a long-rumored four-player deal. Kendall expected to be included, and Giles told reporters the catcher was disappointed he wasn't traded.
"I realize it's a tough time for Jason and all the guys in that locker room to lose a friend like Brian," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "But Jason Kendall is as professional as anybody in that locker room. He knows how to block out distractions and get the job done."
Kendall wouldn't talk afterward about not being traded, but said of losing Giles, "That's the business part of it. We've got a job to do and we've got to go out and do it."
The Pirates ended a four-game losing streak despite playing with a roster depleted by the Giles trade and sickness.
Jeff D'Amico, the scheduled starting pitcher, and second baseman Rob Mackowiak were last-minutes scratches because of flu-like symptoms that also affected pitching coach Spin Williams.
Pat Mahomes stepped in for D'Amico to make his first start since Sept. 27 with the Cubs, holding the Marlins hitless until Juan Encarnacion singled leading off the fifth and Derek Lee homered into the Pirates' bullpen in center field.
Mark Redman (10-8) lost his third straight decision, allowing nine hits and four runs in seven innings.
Mike Lincoln (2-4) pitched a scoreless seventh for the victory.