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MIA@NYM: Johnson fans nine over 6 2/3 solid innings

Marlins right-hander Josh Johnson always preaches to himself "if you don't like it, get better."

After an up-and-down start to the season, and with the rest of the Marlins' starting rotation enjoying early success, Johnson (0-3, 5.87 ERA) will aim to do just that Tuesday against the Pirates at Marlins Park.

Johnson is 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA in three career starts against the Bucs, but he said his history of success against them doesn't provide much relief, even coming off possibly his best outing of the season -- a seven-inning, two-run effort against the Astros.

"Whenever you're throwing like I have this year, it doesn't matter who you're throwing against," Johnson said. "Balls are just finding holes, it doesn't matter who you pitch against. If that's going to happen, that's going to happen. I just got to keep going through there and pushing through it."

That could be good news for a struggling Pirates offense. Pittsburgh is last in the Majors in runs scored, with just 100 in 35 games, and only pushed three across the plate in Monday's series-opening win against Miami.

"We've just got to find a way to be more consistent on offense," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "We are pitching our backsides off and playing solid defense. It's time for the offense to go out there and make a move forward."

Johnson continues to vie for his first win since April 2011.

Marlins: Fish struggling to hit lefties
• The Marlins are hitting just .205 (75-for-365) against southpaws this season, with only Giancarlo Stanton (.351) and Omar Infante (.275) hitting better than .250 against lefties.

"I thought we were going to be better against lefties," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I think we have good righties hitting. ... I think everybody in this ballclub is struggling against lefties. ... But hopefully that thing turns around quick."

• Anibal Sanchez's seven-inning effort Monday gave the Marlins their 27th quality start of the season, which is tied with the Phillies for most in the Majors. It was Sanchez's seventh quality start in as many outings.

Pirates: Correia facing Miami for first time since 2010
• Right-handed pitcher Kevin Correia (1-3, 3.47 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Bucs on Tuesday. Correia is 2-3 with a 7.63 ERA in six career starts against the Marlins, but hasn't faced them since July 31, 2010, when he was with San Diego.

• With a sixth-inning double Monday night, third baseman Pedro Alvarez recorded the 100th RBI of his career and his 17th of the season. The Pirates are now 9-3 when Alvarez knocks in at least one run.

Worth noting
The Pirates' win Monday snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Marlins.

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