Pierre nears milestone with first steal of season

Pierre nears milestone with first steal of season

MIAMI -- Juan Pierre moved a little closer to career stolen base No. 600.

The 35-year-old speedster, the active leader in steals, swiped his first base of the season on Tuesday night in the Marlins' 3-2 loss to the Braves. It was the 592nd of his career.

The Marlins have had a hard time getting their running game going primarily because they've struggled getting runners on base. In the first two games of the series with Atlanta, they had six total hits, and for the season they've been shut out three times.

In a lineup without substantial power, the Marlins ideally would like to create pressure with their running game. Along with stealing bases, they want to be a team that goes from first to third well, and can score from first base on a double.

"You can't ask guys to run who can't run," Pierre said. "You've got to realize when you're not scoring runs, you're not just apt to run crazy, as far as the other guys. Like me, I'm always looking to run. But you don't want to run yourself out of an inning."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter