Before the game Saturday night manager Clint Hurdle addressed the Pirates' efforts to improve the offense especially from his first-base and right-field platoon players and second baseman Neil Walker.

Saturday night the Pirates received contributions from players Hurdle alluded to whose productions have lagged in comparison with previous seasons: Walker Garrett Jones and Michael McKenry.

The increased offense resulted in a 7-4 win against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park and compensated for an uneven outing from Charlie Morton.

McKenry led the way going 4 for 5 and driving in two runs but he became the second Pirates catcher in two games to tweak his knee. He did so sliding into second base in the seventh inning attempting to break up a double play.

"I was just trying to take out the guy at second base and he went back" McKenry said about how his left knee was hurt. "Last-minute slide and just hit it pretty good."

He stayed in the game but jogged slowly to first on a groundout in the ninth.

"It's just kind of stuck best way to put it" he said of his knee.

Hurdle said it was too early to tell if McKenry would be available today or whether the Pirates might bring Class AAA Indianapolis catcher Tony Sanchez to town in a taxi-squad situation as insurance. Russell Martin who tweaked his knee Friday on a play at the plate planned on starting today. Hurdle said he would confer with general manager Neal Huntington after the game.

"He has been very very good for us" Hurdle said of McKenry's offensive performance. "He handles the staff well. Didn't panic and he added a lot of value to the game tonight."

Walker went 3 for 5 with two RBIs. Jones went 2 for 4 with a double and drove in two runs.

"It's no secret there's been a few of us that haven't numbers wise done what we've done in the past as far as driving in runs or scoring runs" Walker said. "You can't turn back the clock. From here forward you're just working to help the team win on a nightly basis."

After the game Walker's average was .243 with a .386 slugging percentage.
"If my numbers improve in my opinion the team's going to be better especially in the role that I'm in" he said. "And I understand that."

The Pirates collected 14 hits Saturday night.

"We put some good at-bats together got some two-out RBIs drove the ball well" Jones said.
Starling Marte led off the game with a double to left field. Walker followed by poking a double down the third-base line scoring Marte.