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Tuesday, May 15th (All times Eastern)

Pittsburgh Pirates (17-18) at Miami Marlins (18-17), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Pittsburgh - Kevin Correia (1-3, 3.47) Miami - Josh Johnson (0-3, 5.87)

(Sports Network) - Veteran right-hander Kevin Correia can end a four-start skid and get the Pittsburgh Pirates back to .500 tonight when they visit Marlins Park for the finale of a brief two-game series.

The Pirates broke on top of the set on Monday night, when Pedro Alvarez hit the go-ahead RBI double in the sixth inning in a 3-2 triumph.

Rod Barajas collected two hits, including a home run, for the Pittsburgh, which has won three straight.

Brad Lincoln (3-0) tossed six innings of four-hit, two-run ball for the victory. Joel Hanrahan saw to it that Miami couldn't put together another walk-off win, retiring the side in order in the ninth for his seventh save.

"We couldn't come through," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said.

Hanley Ramirez homered among his two hits for the Marlins, who have dropped two of three.

Anibal Sanchez (2-1) took the loss, as he was charged with six hits and three runs over seven full frames.

Correia, a 12-game winner last season for the Pirates, was 1-0 with a 2.00 earned run average after his first three outings of 2012 but has not won since in three tries.

He took consecutive losses to Atlanta, Cincinnati and Washington on April 29, May 4 and May 10 while the Pirates have been outscored, 14-6.

In his most recent outing, against the Nationals, the 31-year-old gave up three runs on six hits in seven innings as his ERA swelled slightly from 3.38 to 3.47.

Correia has split two road decisions in 2012 with a 2.20 ERA across 16 1/3 innings.

He's opposed by Josh Johnson, who's still struggling to regain pre-injury form.

The 28-year-old Minnesota native was an 11-game winner with a 2.30 ERA in 28 starts for the Marlins in 2011, but was held to just nine starts last season before undergoing ligament-replacement surgery in his right elbow.

He's winless in seven starts thus far in 2012, dropping decisions to St. Louis, Philadelphia and Arizona while allowing 51 hits and 25 runs in 38 1/3 innings across the board.

Opposing batters are hitting .329 against him, 85 points higher than his career .244 mark.

Johnson is 2-0 in three lifetime starts against Pittsburgh.

Miami won all six meetings with Pittsburgh a year ago and was unbeaten in the past eight encounters with the Pirates before Monday's loss.

05/15 10:33:33 ET