Ian Snell struck out 10 in six innings and Xavier Nady homered to help the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Florida Marlins 9-2 on Sunday. Nate McLouth had three hits and scored three runs for Pittsburgh, which finished with 15 hits. Chris Gomez went 3-for-4. Nady's two-run homer off Taylor Tankersley highlighted a four-run eighth.
Marlins starter Rick VandenHurk (0-1) lasted only 2 1-3 innings, allowing four runs and six hits. The Pirates chased VandenHurk when they sent nine batters to the plate during a four-run third inning. McLouth had an RBI double and Ryan Doumit singled in Luis Rivas to make it 2-0. VandenHurk left the game after issuing a bases-loaded walk with one out.