Anibal Sanchez and the Florida bullpen combined on a six hitter. Dan Uggla drove in three runs as Florida took three of four to close the season.
Uggla got it going early with a two run bomb in the first off of Brian Burres. Ronny Cedeno hit a solo homer in the second to make it 2-1. Pittsburgh tied it in the fifth with Andrew McCutchen delivering a two out infield single. That would, unfortunately, prove to be the final hit of the 2010 season for anyone wearing a Pirates uniform.
Florida almost busted it open in the sixth inning. Uggla and Gaby Sanchez reached on singles. Wes Helms hit what was originally called a dinger, but, under review, was reduced to an RBI double. Chris Leroux relieved Burres and retired Brad Davis to end the inning.
Florida did stretch the lead in the seventh. With Sean Gallagher hurling, Emilio Bonifacio singled and then scored when Osvaldo Martinez’ single was mishandled by Ryan Doumit in right field. Uggla’s double scored Martinez and it was 5-2 in favor of the Marllins. Clay Hensley struck out two in the ninth to get the save.
Burres probably deserved better. He was the loser and gave up three runs in 5-2/3 innings. He allowed five hits and two walks while striking out four. Sanchez picked up his thirteenth win on the season. He struck out seven and gave up four hits and two walks in six innings.
This was the first appearance for Burres against Florida. Sanchez is 1-1 now against Pittsburgh.
Both Neil Walker and Jose Tabata were hitless and finished the year hitting just under .300.
Bucs lost for the 105th time, making this the second worst Pirates team by record since the World Series was established in 1903.
For reasons that I’m not sure of, Andy LaRoche started at third and aptly made the last out.