Jacobs' Homer Lifts Marlins Past Pirates

Blast leading off the ninth gives Florida a 5-4 win
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2008 11:00 PM CDT
Baseball umpire Jerry Meals watches Florida Marlins' Hanley Ramirez drop the ball as Pittsburgh Pirates runner Nate McLouth goes to second during the first inning.    ((AP Photo/J. Pat Carter))
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(Newser) – Mike Jacobs homered off reliever Franquelis Osoria leading off the ninth to give the Florida Marlins a 5-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night. Jacobs went 3-for-5 and scored three runs. Josh Willingham homered and Hanley Ramirez had three hits for Florida. Kevin Gregg (1-0) pitched one scoreless inning for the win.

The Marlins have won two of their first four games, and both of the wins have come on walk-off homers. Pittsburgh's Matt Morris allowed four runs--three earned--and eight hits with two walks and two strikeouts in five innings. Florida's Scott Olsen gave up four runs and seven hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked two.