Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Pittsburgh leads 1-0 (as of 8/26)

Game 1: Tuesday, August 26
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Game 2: Wednesday, August 27
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Game 3: Thursday, August 28
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Marlins 3

(70-61, 30-36 away)

Pirates 4

(59-70, 29-36 home)

    7:05 PM ET, August 26, 2003

    PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

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    W: M. Lincoln (2-4)

    L: M. Redman (10-8)

    S: J. Tavarez (3)

    Kendall's two-run homer lifts Pirates

    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 and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the slumping Marlins 4-3 Tuesday night.

    The Marlins lost their sixth loss 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 Wednesday. "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."

    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.

    McClendon was forced to switch to Mahomes only five minutes before the game started, barely enough time for Mahomes to warm up.

    "He did an outstanding job under the circumstances," McClendon said. "He made his pitches and got ahead in the count for the most part."

    Mahomes said he sometimes overprepares before starting, so the short notice might have worked in his favor. It also helped he was starting at Triple-A Nashville before joining the Pirates 2{ weeks ago.

    "Jeff was warming up just fine, but Spin told me to start getting loose," Mahomes said. "I felt fine. I think they were hoping to get five innings out of me, and they were pleased with that."

    Mahomes had walked 11 and allowed 17 hits and 11 runs in 17 1-3 innings as a reliever, but walked only one.

    "He did a good job of getting us out," McKeon said. "We had that one two-run blast and that was it."

    The Pirates also were thin on the bench because left-hander Oliver Perez and outfielder Jason Bay, acquired from the Padres, aren't expected to join them until Wednesday.

    "But we've still got a lot of pride on this team, and so to beat a good team is good for us," Mahomes said.

    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 before former Marlins pitcher Julian Tavarez finished up over the last two innings for his third save in four opportunities.

    Lee's 25th homer of the season was his 123rd with Marlins, breaking Gary Sheffield's team record of 122 for a franchise that began play in 1993. Lee added an RBI grounder in the ninth.

    Mahomes was lifted after the fifth, allowing two hits and two runs, and didn't figure in the decision.

    Jeff Reboulet, a last-minute replacement for Mackowiak, doubled and scored on Tike Redman's single in the Pirates' second.

    Game notes


    Mahomes has a 13-25 career record as a starter. ... Jack Wilson's single in the first ran his hitting streak to a career-high 13. ... If Reggie Sanders hits another homer with the Pirates, he will become only the sixth right-handed hitter in team history with 30 in a season. ... Kendall began the game in a 1-for-12 slump. ... Tike Redman is 14-for-33 .(.424) in his last nine games. ... After the game, the Pirates announced Kip Wells (5-7) will start Wednesday night instead of Thursday. The move likely means Nelson Figueroa (2-0), who was to have started Wednesday, will be sent to the minors to create a roster spot for Perez.

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