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Crowe’s solid outing helps Pirates in win

MIAMI — Wil Crowe won for the first time since July 30 and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Miami Marlins 2-1 on Friday night.

He allowed one run in five innings, giving up three hits. Crowe (4-7) struck out five and walked one. The right-hander’s outing also ended a string of five consecutive no decisions.

Bryan Reynolds walked twice and doubled and Anthony Alford had two hits for the Pirates.

Cole Tucker hit a tie-breaking sacrifice fly in the sixth. Miami starter Elieser Hernandez walked Colin Moran and Jacob Stallings and a passed ball by catcher Payton Henry advanced the runners.

Anthony Banda relieved Crowe and pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Nick Mears got the last two outs of the seventh and Chad Kuhl followed with a perfect eighth.

Pirates closer Chris Stratton allowed Bryan De La Cruz’s leadoff triple in the ninth but struck out Jesus Sanchez and Lewis Brinson. Lewin Diaz was intentionally walked, allowing Stratton to face Payton Henry in his first major league game. Stratton struck out Henry for his sixth save.

The win snapped a six-game road skid. Pittsburgh began its final road trip of the season Friday, a stretch that will cover three cities and 10 games.

Hernandez (1-2) allowed two unearned runs, four hits, struck out three and walked five in 5 2/3 innings.

Reynolds scored from second on Marlins second baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr.’s fielding error to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead in the first. Reynolds and Moran drew two-out walks against Hernandez before Chisholm couldn’t field Stallings’ hard grounder.

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