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Updated: Tuesday, August 26, 2003 11:19 PM EDT
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PITTSBURGH 4, FLORIDA 3
 

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Jason Kendall helped the Pittsburgh Pirates extend the Florida Marlins ' road woes.

Kendall belted a tie-breaking two-run homer in the seventh inning as the Pirates snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the slumping Marlins.

Florida fell to 1-6 on a nine-game road trip despite the return of Ivan Rodriguez and Mike Lowell to the lineup. Both players sat out Sunday's victory over San Francisco. Lowell went 1-for-4 and is mired in a 3-for-32 slump.

On the day that Pittsburgh dealt popular outfielder Brian Giles , it snapped a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning. Marlins starter Mark Redman (10-8) hit Tike Redman with one out and Kendall blasted his sixth homer with two outs.

"I think Jason was sitting on one pitch the whole game, he laid off some good changeups," Mark Redman said. "I wanted to throw a strike and didn't want (Tike) Redman to run. With two outs, maybe I was paying to much attention to Tike."

Kendall was rumored to be included in the deal, but San Diego apparently balked at his hefty contract. Kendall was 3-for-3 with a walk.

"I take the same approach, same as I always do," Kendall said. "You try to find a place it will fall in."

Pittsburgh's Jeff D'Amico was scratched 10 minutes before the game due to flu-like symptoms. Pat Mahomes made his first start of the season and allowed two runs and two hits in five innings.

"Jeff was warming up fine, then he got off the rubber and went to the bathroom," Mahomes said. "When he came back out, his eyes were red during the national anthem and he was spitting up. Spin (Pirates pitching coach Spin Williams) told me to get ready. I just had to loosen up, get ready for the game."

Mike Lincoln (2-4) relieved Mahomes and tossed two scoreless innings. Julian Tavarez got the final six outs, allowing an RBI groundout to Derrek Lee in the ninth inning for his third save.

Lee's two-run homer in the fifth inning accounted for Florida's first two runs. It was Lee's 123rd homer with the Marlins, setting the franchise record.

Mahomes set down 12 of his first 13 hitters, allowing only a one-out walk to Luis Castillo in the first inning. The righthander made his 12th start over his last five seasons.

"You can't do much when you only get four hits and get shut out by a guy who is a substitute pitcher," Marlins manager Jack McKeon said.

Mark Redman allowed four runs and nine hits in seven innings. The lefthander fell to 1-4 with a 7.71 ERA in his last five starts.

"Redman pitched pretty well," McKeon said. "But you can't leave a guy a pitch up and give away the lead after you fight your way back."

Pittsburgh took the lead in the bottom of the first inning. Jack Wilson singled with one out to extend his hitting streak to 13 games and Kendall followed with a single. After Reggie Sanders popped up, Craig Wilson 's single scored Jack Wilson with the game's first run.

Tike Redman 's RBI single in the second made it 2-0.

Juan Encarnacion singled to lead off the fifth inning, Florida's first hit. Lee followed with his homer over the left center field fence.

The Marlins managed only two hits the rest of the way, an infield hit by Castillo in the sixth and Lowell's sharp single to center field to lead off the ninth. Florida has managed only 18 runs in its last six losses.


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