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Pirates down D-Backs in 12 on McCutchen HR

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PITTSBURGH -- Andrew McCutchen toned down his walk-off home run celebration over the past two years.

When McCutchen hit a game-ending homer as a rookie two years ago, the then-22-year-old centerfielder leaped high into the air with his arms held out wide as he landed on home plate to meet a mob of teammates.

This time, as McCutchen approached home after homering in the 12th inning to give the Pirates a 3-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, he neatly set his helmet on the ground and nonchalantly stepped on the plate as teammates surrounded him.

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"It's different now since Kendry Morales got hurt last season," McCutchen said, referring to the Los Angeles Angels' first baseman who hasn't played since breaking his leg leaping to the plate celebrating last May.

"I don't think you'll ever see me go leaping into home plate anymore like I did that night. It's too dangerous. Plus, I was tired. It was a long, hot night and I was just glad it was over and we got the win."

McCutchen led off the 12th by taking a 3-2 pitch from Zach Kroenke (0-1) high and just inside the left-field foul pole for his team-leading 10th home run.

The Pirates evened their record this late in the season for the first time since also being 30-30 on June 11, 2005. Pittsburgh has won four of five and six of eight.

"We're .500 and that's about the significance of it to us," manager Clint Hurdle said. "It will have more significance later in season when we're 500. I understand the importance of it to the fans, though, when I'm walking the streets, having lunch, having dinner, doing things around the 'Burgh. I'm glad people are excited about it, but we don't want to be satisfied with being .500 in June."

Arizona has lost three consecutive since going on a 18-4 run.

Daniel McCutchen (2-1) worked out of jams in both the 11th and 12th to earn the win in a game in which each team blew a save in the late innings.

"We had a chance to win the game," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "We had several opportunities in extra innings -- we just didn't get it done."

McCutchen had three hits, scored twice and had two RBIs. Jose Tabata had four hits for the second time in his career and scored Pittsburgh's first run.

The Diamondbacks' Stephen Drew entered the game in the eighth as a pinch-hitter and twice drove in Kelly Johnson with singles to account for the tying and go-ahead runs.

The usual cleanup hitter, Drew was not in the lineup against left-handed starter Paul Maholm. But he extended his hitting streak to five games when he lined a single in the eighth off of Jose Veras to tie the game at 1.

Two innings later, Johnson -- another regular who was given the beginning of the night off but pinch hit in the eighth -- again led off by reaching base, again was sacrificed to second and again scored on a single to center by Drew.

"The first at bat, I was like, 'Just get a pitch and put it out in the middle and hit it to left-center," Drew said. "I wasn't trying to do too much. Second at bat, the same thing with Johnson on. I wasn't trying to do too much, and it worked out."

But it didn't work out for Arizona in the bottom of the inning, as J.J. Putz blew his second save in 19 opportunities when Neil Walker's one-out single scored McCutchen.

McCutchen started that rally by doubling down the right-field line.

Good friends and fellow left-handed starters Zach Duke and Maholm both had strong outings but were given no-decisions when a win would have meant either would be the all-time victories leader at PNC Park.

The Diamondbacks managed only one hit against Maholm in six shutout innings, and former Pirates teammate Duke allowed one run on nine hits in seven innings.

Maholm was in line to break a tie with Duke with 31 wins at the Pirates' 11-year-old ballpark.

"It was a good game because we both pitched well," Maholm said. "Zach did what he does. He gave up some hits but he also found ways to make big pitches to get out of some jams."

Making his third start with the Diamondbacks after spending his first six seasons with Pittsburgh, Duke allowed 11 baserunners. Only one would cross home -- on a McCutchen sacrifice fly in the third.

Notes

  • Pirates C Chris Snyder left the game due to low back pain after sliding awkwardly at second trying to stretch a single into a double in the second inning. He was replaced by Dusty Brown and will be evaluated Thursday.
  • Duke received a mixture of cheers and boos when he was announced to bat.
  • Diamondbacks 1B Juan Miranda extended fully to make a diving catch on a line drive hit down the line by Walker in the eighth.
  • Overbay hit his 300th double.
  • Pittsburgh 3B Pedro Alvarez has experienced a re-aggravation of the tightness in his right quadriceps that has him on the disabled list. That has pushed back the schedule of when he could go on a rehabilitation assignment and ultimately return to the majors.
 
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Andrew McCutchen has three hits against Arizona, including this game-winning HR. (AP)
Andrew McCutchen has three hits against Arizona, including this game-winning HR. (AP)

Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

A. McCutchen
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Arizona

S. Drew
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Willie Bloomquist, SS3000001 .262
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
    Esmerling Vasquez, P0000000 .000
   a- Ian Kennedy, PH0000000 .080
    Gerardo Parra, LF1010000 .265
Melvin Mora, 3B2000000 .243
   b- Stephen Drew, PH-SS3022011 .289
Justin Upton, RF3000202 .268
Chris Young, CF4010214 .241
Juan Miranda, 1B5000027 .248
    J.J. Putz, P0000000 .000
    Joe Paterson, P0000000 .000
    Micah Owings, P0000000 .000
   c- Sean Burroughs, PH1000002 .250
    Zach Kroenke, P0000000 .000
Xavier Nady, LF-1B5010032 .269
Henry Blanco, C4010100 .256
Ryan Roberts, 2B-3B5000033 .259
Zach Duke, P1000010 .250
   d- Kelly Johnson, PH-2B2210101 .229
Totals39272611  
a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Vasquez in the 10th
b-singled for Mora in the 8th
c-flied out for Owings in the 12th
d-walked for Duke in the 8th
Batting
2B - Xavier Nady (8, D. McCutchen)
SH - Willie Bloomquist (1), Ian Kennedy (5), Zach Duke (2)
RBI - Stephen Drew 2 (35)
SB - Gerardo Parra (5, 2nd base off D. McCutchen/Brown)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Xavier Nady 1
DP - Miranda
E - Willie Bloomquist (1, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zach Duke 7911010 2.37
Aaron Heilman 1000110 8.41
Esmerling Vasquez 1100000 3.33
J.J. Putz (BS,2) 1211020 2.00
Joe Paterson 0.1000010 3.60
Micah Owings 0.2200000 2.40
Zach Kroenke (L,0-1)0111001 9.00
HBP - Overbay (by Zach Duke)
Pitches-Strikes - Zach Duke 95-59, Aaron Heilman 18-8, Esmerling Vasquez 15-8, J.J. Putz 24-13, Joe Paterson 5-3, Micah Owings 16-10, Zach Kroenke 7-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Duke 8-10, Esmerling Vasquez 1-2, J.J. Putz 1-0
Batters Faced - Zach Duke 29, Aaron Heilman 4, Esmerling Vasquez 4, J.J. Putz 5, Joe Paterson 1, Micah Owings 4, Zach Kroenke 1
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Tabata, LF6140001 .253
Josh Harrison, 3B4010002 .241
    Jose Veras, P0000000 .000
    Tony Watson, P0000000 .000
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
    Daniel Moskos, P0000000 .000
   a- Xavier Paul, PH-RF2000012 .284
Andrew McCutchen, CF5232000 .282
Neil Walker, 2B5011003 .263
Matt Diaz, RF3010100 .257
   b- Garrett Jones, PH1000011 .231
    Daniel McCutchen, P0000000 .000
Chris Snyder, C1010000 .271
    Dusty Brown, C4000012 .143
Lyle Overbay, 1B4010020 .240
Ronny Cedeno, SS5010001 .238
Paul Maholm, P2000002 .120
    Chris Resop, P0000000 .000
   c- Brandon Wood, PH-3B3020000 .207
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a-struck out for Moskos in the 10th
b-struck out for Diaz in the 10th
c-grounded out for Resop in the 7th
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2B - Andrew McCutchen (13, Putz), Lyle Overbay (13, Duke), Ronny Cedeno (10, Duke)
HR - Andrew McCutchen (10, Kroenke)
SF - Andrew McCutchen (1)
RBI - Andrew McCutchen 2 (34), Neil Walker (40)
SB - Neil Walker (3, 2nd base off Putz/Blanco)
CS - Jose Tabata (5, 3rd base by Duke/Blanco)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Overbay-Cedeno
E - Andrew McCutchen (3, Misplayed grounder)
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Paul Maholm 6100340 3.39
Chris Resop (H,6) 1000020 3.45
Jose Veras (BS,3) 0.1111100 3.24
Tony Watson 0.2000020 0.00
Joel Hanrahan 1000010 1.57
Daniel Moskos 1211100 0.90
Daniel McCutchen (W,2-1) 2300120 1.88
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HBP - Mora (by Paul Maholm), Upton (by Jose Veras)
WP - Daniel McCutchen (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Maholm 94-55, Chris Resop 8-8, Jose Veras 10-5, Tony Watson 13-7, Joel Hanrahan 11-7, Daniel Moskos 26-16, Daniel McCutchen 35-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Maholm 5-9, Jose Veras 1-0, Joel Hanrahan 2-0, Daniel Moskos 2-1, Daniel McCutchen 1-2
Batters Faced - Paul Maholm 23, Chris Resop 3, Jose Veras 4, Tony Watson 2, Joel Hanrahan 3, Daniel Moskos 6, Daniel McCutchen 9
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Attendance - 14015
Game Time - 4:06
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Dan Iassogna