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Pierre paces Marlins to Game 2 win over Giants

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San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - collected four hits, three RBI and three runs scored to lift Florida over San Francisco, 9-5, in Game 2 of their National League Division Series at Pac Bell Park. Pierre knocked in the go-ahead runs with a two-run double in the sixth and homered earlier in the decisive inning for the , who rebounded from just a three-hit performance in Game 1 on Tuesday to tie the best-of-five series at a game apiece with 15 hits in this one. In 18 post- season games, the have never dropped two straight.

"I'm not saying it's because we won the game today, but I was very confident these guys would come out and be ready to play and play hard, because that's the type of guys we got," said manager Jack McKeon. "We got some warriors out there."

smacked an RBI double, scored a run and drew two walks for the , who had a three-game playoff home winning streak snapped.

"It was just a weird day," first baseman said. "They are a good team. There's a reason they are here. When you get to this point in the year, there's no quit in anybody."

The trailed 5-4, but tallied a three-run sixth and they led the rest of the way. With one out and no one on base, Encarnacion tied the game at 5-5 with a homer to left. Three straight singles by , and then loaded the bases. Pierre then hit a fly ball down the right field line, but Jr. tripped over his own feet and Pierre was given a two-run double that put his team in front, 7-5. The next batter, , hit a fly ball to shallow center and the tried to extend their lead to three runs. However, 's throw to the plate beat Harris as the inning ended in a double play.

(1-0) earned the win for Florida after tossing a perfect two- thirds of an inning.

(0-1) suffered the defeat as he surrendered three runs on four hits in just one-third of a frame.

"I don't know," manager Felipe Alou said about Nathan's pitching. "This is his first playoff, I imagine. Might have been a little bit of overdoses of adrenaline or whatever. Because he looked pretty good. He threw the ball with great life. And then the ball that was hit out by Encarnacion didn't have much behind it. I don't want to take anything away from Encarnacion, because there wasn't many balls hit over the fence today, except one guy."

In the seventh, the increased their edge to 8-5 when came home on a fielder's choice hit by Conine. Lee reached base on a single and moved to third on a fielding error by Snow before scoring.

The completed the scoring with a run in the eighth. Pierre hit a one- out single, advanced to second on a Castillo groundout and raced home on a single by Lee.

In the bottom of the eighth, the banged out two straight one-out singles by and . But entered the game in relief of and got Grissom to ground out and Cruz to fly out to keep the off the board.

pitched a perfect ninth in a non-save opportunity to secure the victory for Florida.

The two starting pitchers, and , each received no- decisions in their first post-season appearances. Penny, who established a career-high with 14 victories in the regular season for Florida, was tagged for four runs on four hits and one walk in only four innings of work.

San Francisco's Ponson, who was acquired from the just before the non-waiver trading deadline, yielded four runs and seven hits in five innings. Ponson also struggled down the stretch of the regular season, losing his final three starts heading into this game.

"In a game like this, you have to be really up to par completely," Alou said about Ponson's performance. "Especially against a club that swings the bats, you know, they swing the bat aggressively."

Game 3 is scheduled for Friday afternoon at Pro Player Stadium. is expected to start for the against .

"When we came in here, you know, this has been a tough place for us...I guess for everyone," McKeon said. "And we come in here and sure we would have liked to win two in a row, but we were hoping at least we could come out of here with a split. It's a big positive for us to get back home with a 1-1 situation.

Each team scored a run in the first. In the top of the frame, Pierre and Castillo got things going by starting the game with consecutive singles. One out later, each runner moved up a base on a wild pitch by Ponson. Pierre then crossed the plate via a groundout to shortstop by Lee.

In the home half, the also got their leadoff man on to draw even at 1-1. After singled, two outs later, Bonds drove him in with a double to right.

The posted a three-run fourth to take a 4-1 advantage. led off with a base hit and the then walked Bonds on four straight pitches down low. With no outs and two runners on base, Alfonzo plated both runners with a double to center. then sacrificed Alfonzo to third and the brought the infield in to face Grissom. Florida got the ground ball it wanted, but Alfonzo was running on contact and the ' only play was to get the out at first, allowing Alfonzo to come home uncontested.

But it didn't take long for the to knot the game at 4-4 as they recorded three runs on four hits in the top of the fifth. Conine led off with a base hit and one out later, , who pinch-hit for Penny, moved Conine to second with another base hit. Conine then raced home when Pierre singled and Hollandsworth came around courtesy of a Castillo groundout. Pierre accounted for the final run of the frame after he stole third and ran home on a base hit by .

"Getting down 4-1, you know, I think they were confident that they were going to get us again," Pierre said. "But then we got guys on, guys moving around, beating them with hits, you know, singles and doubles, what we do, you know, put the pressure on them, and kept the pressure on them every inning."

In the bottom of the fifth, the regained the lead at 5-4 on an RBI single by Snow. crossed the plate on the no-out hit after he reached on a stand-up triple in a pinch-hit appearance for Ponson.

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