Harrison delivers winning hit for Pirates
PITTSBURGH – Josh Harrison doubled home the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a 3-2 victory over the New York Mets on Friday night.
Jordy Mercer hit a two-run single for the Pirates (41-39), who moved two games above .500 for the first time since April 10. They have won the first two games of the four-game series.
Pinch-hitter Clint Barmes drew a one-out walk from former Pittsburgh reliever Vic Black (1-2) in the 11th. Mercer struck out before Harrison hit a drive to the 375-foot sign in right-center, scoring Barmes without a throw.
Harrison entered as a pinch hitter in the seventh and squirmed his way out of a rundown in the 10th on a wild play that drew an argument from Mets manager Terry Collins, who thought Harrison should have been ruled out for running outside the baseline.
He was called safe, however, putting Pirates runners at second and third with none out. Jenrry Mejia pitched out of the jam by getting two strikeouts and a fly to right.
Black, acquired from the Pirates late last season in a trade, wasn’t as fortunate in the 11th.
Harrison and teammate Russell Martin each had two hits. Jared Hughes (4-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.