Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Starling Marte went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, a steal of home and an RBI as the Pittsburgh Pirates jumped on the Atlanta Braves early and earned an 8-4 victory on Saturday.
Pedro Alvarez, Francisco Cervelli and Jordy Mercer all drove in two runs, and Charlie Morton (6-1) stayed unbeaten at home with six-plus effective innings at a wet PNC Park.
"My curveball was working pretty well," Morton said. "I mixed it up a little more."
The Pirates have won the first two of the three-game series but may have lost All-Star center field Andrew McCutchen, who was forced to leave after taking a 91-mph fastball off his left elbow during a five-run first inning. Initial X- rays were negative, and the 2013 MVP will be re-evaluated on Sunday.
Jace Peterson's three-run double in the seventh inning pulled the Braves within 6-4, but the 5-0 hole they dug themselves was too much to overcome.
Julio Teheran (5-4) lasted six innings despite a rough start. He was charged with six runs on nine hits and faced 10 batters in the opening frame alone.
Neil Walker started the early rally with a one-out single, and McCutchen was plunked on his elbow prior to a Marte RBI base hit. Alvarez brought in two more with a double, and run-scoring singles from Cervelli and Mercer pushed the Pirates' lead to 5-0.
"I don't know if (hitting McCutchen) rattled him a little bit, but...they ended up scoring a big number," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
Nick Markakis, who was thrown out trying to score from first in the opening frame, knocked in Atlanta's first run with a single in the third, ending Morton's scoreless streak at home at 20 2/3 innings.
Pittsburgh got the run back in the fifth. With two outs and runners on the corners, Teheran caught Alvarez in a rundown between first and second, and Alvarez stayed in a rundown long enough for Marte to beat Joey Terdoslavich's throw home.
Morton was cruising before two singles and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases in the seventh. Peterson cleared the bags with a double to the base of the wall in right-center, but he was stranded on third when A.J. Pierzynski flew out to center.
Cervelli doubled in an insurance run in the bottom half and scored another on Mercer's base hit.
The game was delayed 14 minutes by rain and another 32 minutes during the top of the fifth ... Teheran fell to 1-4 with an 8.44 ERA in nine starts on the road ... Morton is 4-0 in four starts at PNC Park ... The Pirates are 10-0 at home during day games.