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McCutchen played a part in all of Pittsburgh's runs Thursday night, including a game-ending bloop single to score Jack Wilson and give the Pirates a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
"It was kind of like almost predestined, the way you kind of looked at it," McCutchen said. "Every time I came up to the bat, it was a key situation. I was able to come through."
McCutchen started the rally from down 2-0 against reigning AL Cy Young winner Cliff Lee with a double -- later scoring -- in the sixth. The top prospect recalled when the Pirates traded All-star Nate McLouth on June 4 drew a bases-loaded walk in the seventh to tie the game and then won it in the ninth.
The Pirates have taken two straight from the Indians after snapping a five-game losing streak.
McCutchen, whose 13-game hitting streak is the longest by a rookie this season, singled to left off Matt Herges (2-1) with runners on first and third and no outs in the ninth.
"He's pretty talented," Herges said of McCutchen. "I think we'll be seeing a lot of him in the next 10 years to come. That being said, I need to put up a zero and give my team a chance to win. I did not do that."
Wilson, who was 3 for 3 with a walk, had stolen third, only his second steal of the season for the Pirates. The stolen base was credited when Wilson took off for third after McCutchen showed bunt and the Indians' infield put on the "wheel play."
"Being a shortstop, I know it's a pretty tough play," Wilson said. "It's just something that you read."
"Wilson was being aggressive," Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said. "But he's basically running into an out there. A mistake was made. [Shortstop Jhonny Peralta] needs to get to the bag."
Ross Ohlendorf allowed two runs on five hits and three walks in seven innings to match Lee.
Matt Capps (1-3) earned the win by retiring the side in the top of the ninth.
Victor Martinez went 2 for 3 with a home run and scored twice for the Indians, who have lost eight of nine.
Martinez entered the game hitless in his past 18 at-bats, but reached base three times. He was 3 for 42 against the National League this season but singled, walked and led off the sixth with his 13th home run, to center on a 3-1 pitch.
Shin-soo Choo's two-out double in the third inning drove in Martinez. Choo had two hits.
The Pirates trailed 2-0 and had only two hits -- both by Wilson -- through five innings against Lee but scratched out a run in the sixth.
McCutchen - who leads all rookies in June for hits and RBI despite not being recalled until June 4 - led off with a double down the left-field line.
The speedster, who has a hit in 18 of 20 career games, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Freddy Sanchez's sacrifice fly.
"He's an impressive looking young player," Wedge said. "He really is."
In the seventh, Lee walked his only three of the game, including McCutchen with the bases loaded. The rookie fought back from an 0-2 count and fouling off two pitches.
"That was a great at bat for a young player," Pittsburgh manager John Russell said. "He's a very poised kid for his age."
Lee was charged with two runs on four hits. He has allowed only 10 runs in 37 innings this month.
"You always want to do well, but it makes it more exciting to go against a pitcher like him," Ohlendorf said. "Just because it's such a challenge to get a win, so it means so much more. All wins are big, but it's more exciting to get a win against someone like that."
Each team loaded the bases via walks in the eighth but did not score. The Indians came closest when Martinez hit a fly to the wall in left that Nyjer Morgan made a leaping catch on.
|Andrew McCutchen caps the Bucs' rally with a bloop single, earning a hug from Eric Hinske. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Jamey Carroll, 2B-3B||5||0||1||0||0||0||0||.282|
|Mark DeRosa, RF||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.270|
|Victor Martinez, 1B||3||2||2||1||1||0||1||.327|
|Shin-Soo Choo, LF||4||0||2||1||0||1||1||.297|
|Jhonny Peralta, 3B-SS||3||0||0||0||1||0||3||.252|
|Ben Francisco, CF||2||0||0||0||2||0||0||.230|
|Luis Valbuena, SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.214|
|a- Ryan Garko, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||3||.250|
|Josh Barfield, 2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.400|
|Kelly Shoppach, C||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.194|
|Cliff Lee, P||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Joe Smith, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Rafael Perez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Travis Hafner, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.295|
|Matt Herges, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Valbuena in the 8th|
|b-struck out for R. Perez in the 9th|
|2B - Shin-Soo Choo (12, Ohlendorf)|
|HR - Victor Martinez (13, Ohlendorf)|
|RBI - Victor Martinez (54), Shin-Soo Choo (42)|
|2-OUT RBI - Shin-Soo Choo (18)|
|SB - Mark DeRosa (1, 2nd base off Grabow/Jaramillo), Ben Francisco (11, 2nd base off Ohlendorf/Jaramillo)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Peralta-Martinez|
|E - Luis Valbuena (4, Misplayed grounder)|
|Matt Herges (L,2-1)||0||3||1||1||0||0||0||3.97|
|IBB - J. Wilson by Cliff Lee|
|Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 115-76, Joe Smith 18-9, Rafael Perez 5-1, Matt Herges 9-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cliff Lee 11-6, Rafael Perez 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Cliff Lee 29, Joe Smith 3, Rafael Perez 2, Matt Herges 3|
|Andrew McCutchen, CF||4||1||2||2||1||0||1||.330|
|Nyjer Morgan, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||5||.263|
|Freddy Sanchez, 2B||3||0||0||1||0||1||1||.313|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.264|
|Andy LaRoche, 3B||2||1||0||0||2||0||0||.272|
|Brandon Moss, RF||3||0||1||0||1||1||0||.270|
|Jason Jaramillo, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.276|
|Jack Wilson, SS||3||1||3||0||1||0||0||.284|
|Ross Ohlendorf, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||2||.033|
|a- Delwyn Young, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||.330|
|John Grabow, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Matt Capps, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Eric Hinske, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.270|
|a-flied out for Ohlendorf in the 7th|
|b-singled for Capps in the 9th|
|2B - Andrew McCutchen (4, Lee)|
|SF - Freddy Sanchez (2)|
|SH - Jason Jaramillo (1)|
|RBI - Andrew McCutchen 2 (18), Freddy Sanchez (30)|
|2-OUT RBI - Andrew McCutchen (6)|
|SB - Jack Wilson (2, 3rd base off Herges/Shoppach)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - LaRoche-F. Sanchez-LaRoche|
|Matt Capps (W,1-3)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||4.74|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ross Ohlendorf 104-66, John Grabow 30-13, Matt Capps 9-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ross Ohlendorf 9-9, Matt Capps 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Ross Ohlendorf 28, John Grabow 6, Matt Capps 3|
|Attendance - 30120|
|Game Time - 2:57|
|Temperature - 86|
|Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Mike Winters|