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San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - The San Francisco were able to keep in check for one game, but the speedy Florida outfielder struck back in a big way on Wednesday. Pierre and the were completely shut down by in the opener of their National League Division Series on Tuesday, but one day can make a huge difference in a playoff matchup, especially in a short series.

A day after going 0-for-4 in a 2-0 loss, Pierre had four hits, drove in three runs and scored three times in Florida's 9-5 win over the on Wednesday at Pac Bell Park. That evened the best-of-five series heading back to Miami for Game 3 Friday afternoon.

With Pierre and at the top of Florida's lineup, it's imperative both of them get on base frequently for the to have a chance at beating the . That's just what they did on Wednesday, going a combined 5-for-10 with four RBI. It was a sharp contrast to the 0-for-8 showing the duo had on Tuesday.

"You know, the first two guys in our lineup are the catalysts really," said manager Jack McKeon. "They get on and they cause havoc with the pitchers, there's no question about it. It makes it much easier for the guys following them in the lineup. Look at the boxscores. See when Castillo or Pierre get on two or three times during the day, we're going to score some runs. If they don't get on, we're in trouble."

It was the who were in trouble on Wednesday though, as and combined to allow 11 hits and seven runs in only 5 1/3 innings.

"We gave him (Ponson) a lead, then they came back," said manager Felipe Alou. "Some of the pitches they hit were tough pitches. But nevertheless, he was still behind on the count when those pitches were hit. I saw a good fastball. I look up and I saw them at 93, 92 (m.p.h.), some good swings and misses and sliders and things like that. But they're a tough ballclub to pitch to, especially when those two guys get on base."

Florida fell behind 4-1 in the fourth inning, but Pierre singled in a run during a three-run fifth. After the came back to take a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the frame on a RBI single, it was Pierre's turn to shine again. Even though tied the game with a homer in the sixth inning, it was Pierre who put the team ahead when his double down the right field line drove in and . The would add single runs in the seventh and eighth innings.

"It was very important, there's no question about it," manager Jack McKeon said of the big three-run sixth inning. "But this club has been that way all year. Our guys are resilient."

For Pierre it was another game that validated his incredible regular season performance. He established five single-season records in his first year with the . Pierre played in all 162 games and became only one of five players in the last 80 years to collect 200-plus hits and 60-plus stolen bases. He set single season marks for hits (204), multi-hit games (60), stolen bases (65), at-bats (668) and singles (168). Additionally, over his final 30 games, he hit .339 with seven doubles and eight stolen bases.

"Getting down 4-1, I think they were confident that they were going to get us again," said Pierre. "But then we got guys on, guys moving around, beating them with hits, singles and doubles, put the pressure on them, and kept the pressure on them every inning. We didn't just have the one big inning, we scored innings after that, and I think that was big."

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