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Pittsburgh 12, Florida 9

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- With his star player hitting only .194 with
three RBI in May, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Jim Tracy found an
unconventional way to get Jason Bay going.

Tracy dropped him down in the batting order.

Bay, hitting in the No. 6 spot for the first time in two years,
had four RBI to lead the Pirates to a 12-9 win over the Florida
Marlins in a wild game between the National League's two worst
teams Friday night.

"You have a guy we wanted to move just to relax him a little,"
Tracy said. "But the game found him all night long. And the great
thing was he responded all night long."

Bay had a bases-loaded triple and the go-ahead sacrifice fly as
the Pirates won for the third time in their last five games,
improving to 11-25. The Marlins (9-24) have dropped six of seven
and 11 of 14.

"It's funny how it doesn't matter where you are hitting, when
you are not going well, situations will find you," Bay said. "I'm
a big part of the offense as far as driving in runs, so this is a
big weight off my shoulders."

Craig Wilson and Jose Castillo each had three hits for the
Pirates, who were down 5-0 in the first. Jeromy Burnitz and Freddy
Sanchez drove in two runs apiece, and Nate McLouth scored four
times.

"It obviously wasn't the cleanest game in the world, I think
it's safe to say that," Tracy said. "However, I thought that we
showed a lot of character."

After blowing its lead and falling behind by four, Florida
rallied to tie it at 9 before Bay's sacrifice fly off Todd
Wellemeyer (0-2) scored McLouth for the go-ahead run in the eighth.
Ronny Paulino added a two-run single.

Matt Capps (1-0) got two outs for his first major league win.

"We showed all year we're not going to lay down for anybody,"
Capps said. "We never lost confidence in ourselves."

Mike Gonzalez earned his fifth save with a scoreless ninth. With
the bases loaded, he struck out Reggie Abercrombie and retired
pinch-hitter Chris Aguila on a soft looper to second to end it.

Marlins starter Sergio Mitre threw only three pitches before
leaving with right shoulder discomfort. Manager Joe Girardi said it
was likely Mitre would miss a couple of starts. Jason Vargas was
handed a 5-0 cushion when he entered during the Pirates' first
at-bat.

Six of the Marlins' first seven batters got hits against starter
Victor Santos. The first four Florida players reached base, with
Miguel Cabrera's single driving in Hanley Ramirez, and Josh
Willingham's double scoring Dan Uggla.

After Joe Borchard flied out, Mike Jacobs doubled off the
left-center wall to score Cabrera and Willingham. Jacobs -- who had
two RBI and two runs -- scored when Miguel Olivo doubled.

"Give Victor Santos a lot of credit," Tracy said. "It was
just a rugged first inning and the top of the second starts out
with another base hit, but he kept us right there, and if you're
going to come back in a game like that, it absolutely has to
happen."

Florida had only five baserunners against Santos in his
subsequent five innings.

"In the first inning, they put balls in play and got hits," he
said. "I just kept going out there with the same game plan, and
things turned around."

Pittsburgh got back into the game with a four-run third. Sanchez
drove in the first run with a single after Vargas hit consecutive
batters with pitches.

"You never expect to go in in the first," Vargas said. "I was
trying to do too much and got in some bad situations."

Bay took advantage of his two-out situation when he came within
inches of a grand slam but settled for a triple high off the
21-foot wall in right field to clear the bases.

The Pirates took the lead in the fourth when McLouth singled in
Castillo, and Sanchez hit a sacrifice fly, giving Pittsburgh its
first lead.

Two batters later, Burnitz hit a two-run single for his first
RBI since May 2. Burnitz had only one hit in the 28 at-bats in
between. The single -- which ultimately resulted in a double play
when Wilson and Burnitz were tagged after rundowns -- gave the
Pirates an 8-5 lead.

Vargas allowed eight runs -- seven earned -- and six hits in 3 1-3
innings.

"A guy's got to be prepared to pick us up," Girardi said.
"When you're the long man, you've got to be ready the first pitch
of the game. You might not be warmed up, but you've got to be ready
to come in the game."

When the Pirates got their ninth run on Wilson's RBI single in
the sixth, they appeared in control. But the Marlins had a comeback
of their own.

An error by third baseman Jose Bautista allowed two runs to
score in the eighth. Abercrombie made it 9-8 Pirates when he scored
on a single by Ramirez, who had three hits. When Uggla singled off
Capps, Wes Helms scored to tie it at 9.

But Bay's sacrifice fly was followed by Paulino's single that
scored Wilson and Burnitz.

"Being down like we were and coming back like we did," Bay
said, "this is a good opportunity for us to get some wins, get on
a roll, get the bats going a little bit."

Game notes
Ramirez extended his hitting streak to nine games. ...
Cabrera became the 10th player to get 500 hits in a Florida
uniform. ... The Pirates have won 10 of 11 against Florida and are
13-4 vs. the Marlins at PNC Park.