Young lefty Tom Gorzelanny limited the slumping Florida Marlins (16-22) to just five singles over seven shutout innings, totally outpitching Dontrelle Willis in the Pittsburgh Pirates' 7-0 victory last night.
Coming off a weekend where they were actually swept by the Washington Nationals, the Marlins entered yesterday's game with an NL-leading 136 extra-base hits, but couldn't muster even one against Gorzelanny (5-2, 2.36 ERA), who struck out five, walked none and has allowed only one run in his last two starts - three in his last three. Impressively, he has given up two runs or fewer in all but two of eight starts.
This game marks the first time Willis (5-3, 5.14 ERA) has lost to the Pirates (17-20) since 2003, despite pitching better than he has recently. He surrendered five hits and two runs and walked four over six innings.
Reigning NL batting champ Freddy Sanchez, who started out the season in a bit of an injury-ridden slump, went 3-for-3 with a run scored. Backstop Ronny Paulino hit a long solo shot in the sixth - his fourth of the season - and the Pirates managed five runs against Florida's bullpen in the eighth.