Scruggs, Phelps power Marlins to 3-1 win over Pirates
PITTSBURGH (AP) Xavier Scruggs hit his major league home run and David Phelps pitched six scoreless innings to help the Miami Marlins beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 Saturday night.
Miguel Rojas scored on an error in the third, and Ichiro Suzuki doubled down the right field line in the fourth - for his 3,008th hit in the majors to move into 28th place on the career list - ahead of Scruggs' shot into the bleachers in left field.
Phelps (7-6) allowed two hits and two walks with nine strikeouts while throwing 96 pitches in his fourth start of the season. Fernando Rodney got the last three outs for his sixth save with the Marlins and 23rd save overall.
Miami has won two straight after a three-game skid, and handed Pittsburgh is second straight loss after winning six of its previous seven.
Chad Kuhl (3-1) gave up three runs and five hits in six innings.