Over 180 career big league games and going back to his minor league career, Marcell Ozuna has earned a well-deserved "free-swinger" stamp on his scouting report. Tuesday, in the pivotal moment of the series opener against the Pirates, Ozuna left the bat on his shoulder.

The result was spectacular.

With the bases loaded, one out and the Marlins trailing the Pirates 2-1 in the eighth, Ozuna got ahead of lefty Justin Wilson 3-1. He fouled off a pair of full count fastballs that zipped in at 96 and 97. On the eighth pitch of the plate appearance, Ozuna spat on a pitch in the dirt for the game-tying, RBI-walk.

That ignited a five-run eighth that helped the Marlins snap a six-game Steel City losing streak with a 6-2, come-from-behind victory. A Pirates' error coupled with four walks, including two with the bases loaded, precluded the Pirates from beating the Marlins for the 11th time in 15 tries since 2012.

"Great at-bats," said manager Mike Redmond, who watched Jarrod Saltalamacchia come through with an RBI-walk as well. "I don't think we're known as a team that takes a lot of walks, but we certainly were able to zone it up and be patient at a time right when we needed it."

The Pirates used four different pitchers in the eighth, none of whom appeared up to the task of preserving the 2-1 lead starter Charlie Morton left them.

Morton became the seventh consecutive opposing starter to hold the Marlins to a run over six or more innings. Including Morton's effort, in six of those games the starter completed exactly seven innings.