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James McDonald vs Chris Volstad Battle Sees Pittsburgh Fall 9-5

Pittsburgh dropped a 9-5 decision at Sun Life Stadium on Thursday as Florida legged out a win behind winning pitcher Chris Volstad.

The Marlins were a -140 favorite in the win. The combined score went OVER the total, which closed at 8.5.

Chris Volstad earned the victory for the Marlins, throwing 5 1/3 innings of work, striking out 5, walking 3, and allowing 4 hits and 5 earned runs. That effort was supported by 4 RBIs from Scott Cousins in the win.

Pittsburgh's starting pitcher James McDonald worked 3 innings, giving up 6 hits and 8 earned runs while striking out 3 in the loss. They got 3 hits from Pedro Alvarez in a losing cause.

The battle of the bats favored Florida as they had 9 hits, while Pittsburgh only had 7.

Next game, Florida takes its act home to face Colorado looking for another win. For Pittsburgh, they head home to face Washington.