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Thursday, August 7 (All times Eastern)

Miami Marlins (55-58) at Pittsburgh Pirates (60-53), 7:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Miami - Brian Flynn (0-0, 6.00) Pittsburgh - Edinson Volquez (8-7, 3.91)

(SportsNetwork.com) - Edinson Volquez tries to continue his mastery of the Miami Marlins on Thursday when his Pittsburgh Pirates conclude a three-game series against them at PNC Park.

Volquez has faced the Marlins six times and has posted a 5-0 mark to go along with a 1.95 ERA. He's pitched at least six innings and allowed two runs or fewer in five of those starts.

Miami could be the perfect remedy for the right-hander, who is winless in three outings (0-1) since a four-start winning streak. Volquez did not get a decision on Friday in Arizona, as he gave up four runs (3 earned) and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings of his team's 9-4 win.

Volquez, who is 8-7 on the year with a 3.91 ERA, has pitched to a 5.74 ERA in his last three starts and opponents have a .343 average and .973 OPS against him.

Miami, meanwhile, had planned on giving the ball to newly-acquired Jarred Cosart, but an injured oblique will force him to miss the start. Instead the Marlins will turn to lefty Brian Flynn, who was recalled earlier in the week when the team designated Jacob Turner for assignment.

"It's a crazy game," Flynn said of the whirlwind of activity the past few days. "I never saw that [Cosart's ailment] coming. I hope Jarred heals up quickly. I look at this as an opportunity to impress."

Flynn pitched three innings in relief for the Marlins back on June 27.

Pittsburgh evened this series at a game apiece on Wednesday, as Ike Davis and Gaby Sanchez each knocked in two runs to help the Pirates to a 7-3 win.

Jeff Locke (3-3) allowed three runs on six hits with seven strikeouts over seven innings to grab the win.

"He stayed with his programs, stayed with his strengths," said Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. "He knows what he needs to do to have success."

Josh Harrison went 3-for-4 with two runs out of the leadoff spot for Pittsburgh, while Russell Martin, Travis Snider and Jordy Mercer each contributed an RBI.

Tom Koehler (7-9) took the loss after yielding four runs - all in the first inning - on five hits over six innings on the hill.

"You try to clear your mind, almost pretend like it didn't happen," Koehler said of the four-run inning. "It's nice to be able to go six innings in a game like that."

Christian Yelich hit a homer in defeat and Jeff Baker knocked in the other run for Miami, who have lost two of three.

The Pirates won two of three when these teams met up in Miami from June 13-15.

08/07 10:38:06 ET