Pittsburgh Pirates closer Jason Grilli, in a non-save situation, allowed a pair of hits and the losing run in a 3-2 loss to the New York Mets in the first game of a four-game series at Citifield in New York on Thursday night.
Grilli (0-1) entered the game leading the National League in saves with 13 in 13 opportunities, but in a tied game, he allowed a ninth-inning single to the Mets’ Marlon Byrd, a sacrifice bunt by Andrew Brown and a walk-off, pinch-hit RBI single to Juan Lagares.
The Pirates (18-16) scored their runs on a solo home run and a sacrifice fly, both by Pedro Alvarez. Lagares robbed Andrew McCutchen of a go-ahead homer with a leaping catch at the right-center field wall in the top of the ninth inning.
Byrd and Ike Davis drove home the other Mets runs. Bobby Parnell (4-0) earned the win in a relief role for the Mets (14-17).
Alvarez, McCutchen and Jose Tabata both recorded two hits for the Pirates.
In the second game of the series on Friday night, Pittsburgh’s Wandy Rodriguez (2-2; 4.02 ERA) is expected to start against New York’s Shaun Marcum (0-2; 7.20 ERA).