Little moments have big implications as Marlins sweep ahead

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Ryan Vogelsong and Eric Fryer talk after a wild pitch in the fifth inning. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

It didn't neutralize all the good the Pirates did in winning four consecutive series, including five of six games on a California trip, but it's close.

Losing all three to the Marlins at PNC Park this weekend probably seemed unthinkable, but considering how close each of the games was, culminating with Sunday's 3-2 loss, the weekend turned sour on just a handful of moments ...

Friday's ninth-inning rally that wasn't, cut short on Andrew McCutchen's double play. Saturday's two-run Xavier Scruggs home run off Chad Kuhl. Sunday's slop-tastic top of the fifth.

The Pirates led 2-1 after scratching out a couple of runs against the Marlins' José Ureña in the fourth, but Sean Rodríguez' charging, wide throw from shortstop allowed Adeiny Hechavarria to reach to lead off the fifth.