Starling Marte looked plenty healthy in the ninth inning Wednesday.

Earlier in the afternoon, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle did not rule out the disabled list for the Pirates' left fielder, who had not played since injuring his back Saturday. But Marte pinch hit in the eighth inning, and in the ninth, he lined a two-run double to deep center field off Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez to give the Pirates a 4-1 lead, which stood as the final score.

“After he had hit and done all his work, took balls in the outfield (prior to the game), he got to the point where he said he felt he was good to go,” Hurdle said of Marte.

Marte's double followed the go-ahead hit by catcher Chris Stewart. With the scored tied in the ninth inning and Pirates on first and second, Hurdle pinch ran Clint Barmes for Ike Davis on second base. Stewart lined a single to center, and Barmes beat the throw by Elian Herrera to give the Pirates a one-run lead.

Stewart advanced to second on the throw and emphatically slapped his hands together as he recorded his first RBI with the Pirates. He and Jordy Mercer later scored on Marte's double.

“He stayed away from me (Tuesday) night so it kind of gave me a read on what he was going to do in that situation,” Stewart said of Rodriguez.

The Pirates won just their second game in nine attempts against the Brewers this season.

Perhaps the most important long-term happening for the Pirates was that Francisco Liriano looked more like the Cy Young-vote receiving pitcher he was a season ago, allowing just four hits and one run in six innings, striking out seven.

Liriano said the groin injury that almost cost him his Opening Day start lingered through the first month of the season. He said he had just began to feel at full strength in his past two starts.

The injury is not just a narrative to explain a so-so start to the season. Liriano's velocity had increased in six of his past seven starts, touching 95 mph in last start against the Cardinals. Liriano's fastball sat between 91-94 mph Wednesday.