MIAMI — The Miami Marlins have been getting late offense against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Unfortunately for them, it hasn’t resulted in any wins.
The Marlins have scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth in each of the past two games. The result has been consecutive 8-6 losses.
Marlins manager Mike Redmond said on Saturday he was happy to see his team rally and score four runs in the ninth inning on consecutive days. But he is not happy with his starting pitching.
"We are having trouble getting our starters past the fourth or fifth innings, which is tough on our bullpen," Redmond said. "They are eating up a ton of innings — too many innings. We have to get our starting pitching figured out."
The Marlins are also having trouble keeping the Pirates’ top two hitters in the batting order — right fielder Gregory Polanco and left fielder Starling Marte — off the bases. They combined to produce 13 hits the past two games.
Left-hander Randy Wolf (1-3) took the loss, allowing nine hits and five runs in four innings.
Wolf, who had Tommy John surgery last year, would not use that as an excuse.
"It was embarrassingly bad," Wolf said of his performance. "It’s frustrating to not have command of your pitches.
"Throughout this process (of coming back), my command hasn’t been horrible. But today, it was horrible. It’s not like I was throwing balls to the backstop. But I threw very few balls at the knees. I threw a lot of balls at the belt, and that’s not going to get it done."
NOTES: Pittsburgh called up veteran RHP Vance Worley from Triple-A Indianapolis so he can start on Sunday against Miami. Worley will be making his debut with the Pirates, but has a career big-league record of 19-18 with a 4.05 ERA. … Marlins LF Christian Yelich was not in Saturday’s lineup. He left Friday’s game in the first inning with a lower-back injury that he suffered while swinging a bat.