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Big fifth inning the difference for Florida

9/8/2002

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pirates starter Brian Meadows hit Derrek Lee
in the shoulder with a pitch in his first at-bat.

Lee made Pittsburgh pay for it the rest of the game, hitting a
three-run homer and driving in four runs in the Florida Marlins'
11-1 victory Sunday.

"It probably woke me up a little bit,'' Lee said. "I don't
think he was doing it on purpose, but you never like to get hit. It
always hurts.''

Mike Lowell drove in three runs, Carl Pavano won for the first
time since May 18 and Florida got 14 hits to end a five-game losing
streak.

"We scored one more run today than we had on our whole trip up
to this point,'' manager Jeff Torborg said.

The Marlins, who had scored just three runs in 37 innings,
snapped a 1-1 tie with five runs in the fifth.

Charles Johnson opened the inning with a single off Meadows
(1-5) and scored on Andy Fox's double. Pavano reached on a bunt
when the Pirates failed to throw out Fox at third. Luis Castillo
hit an RBI single, and Juan Encarnacion's single off Sean Lowe
loaded the bases.

Lowell singled in two runs, and Lee's double brought in the
fifth run. Lee went 3-for-3 with two doubles and reached base all
five times. He was also walked intentionally and hit by a pitch.

Kevin Millar and Lowell hit consecutive doubles in the seventh
off Bronson Arroyo. Millar has a 14-game hitting streak.

"I don't want to analyze what Kevin is doing, I just want to
enjoy it,'' Torborg said.

September callup Duaner Sanchez was tagged for four runs in the
eighth inning in his Pirates debut. Lee hit his 24th homer, and
Millar had an RBI double after Sanchez walked two batters.

"I'm sure nerves had a lot to do with it,'' Pirates manager
Lloyd McClendon said. "It was his first time with a new team. You
could see he has a fine arm and there's a lot to work with. You
just write this off as a bad first outing.''

Lee said Sanchez hung a slider on the home run.

"He was throwing fastballs around 97,'' Lee said. "I wasn't
going to hit that, so I'm glad he made a mistake with the breaking
pitch.''

Pavano (4-10) stopped a personal five-game skid with his first
victory since beating Los Angeles while pitching for Montreal. He
allowed one run and seven hits over 6 1-3 innings.

Florida's first run came in the second when Lee was hit by a
pitch, stole second and scored on Preston Wilson's single.

The Pirates tied it in the fourth with consecutive singles by
Rob Mackowiak, Craig Wilson and Armando Rios.

The Pirates released Lowe after the game. He was 4-2 with a 5.35
ERA in his only season with Pittsburgh.

Game notes
Lee came into the game on an 0-for-8 skid. ... Lowell has
eight RBI in his last six games. ... The Marlins took the season
series for the third straight year, winning four of six games. ...
Pavano made his fourth start with the Marlins. He was acquired from
Montreal on July 11. ... Meadows had allowed just one earned run in
his previous three starts, covering 20 innings. ... Pittsburgh
pitchers had only given up four earned runs in 37 innings. ...
Pirates 2B Pokey Reese missed his fourth game with a bruised right
knee. ... The crowd of 15,211 was the smallest for a weekend game
in the Pirates' two seasons at PNC Park.