Pinch-hitter Josh Harrison slammed a walkoff home run at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night, giving the Pittsburgh Pirates their 12th victory in 17 games, a 4-3 win over the visiting Miami Marlins.
Leading off the bottom of the ninth inning, Harrison’s first career walkoff homer was hit off the Marlins’ Mike Dunn (2-2; 3.00 ERA), and boosted Pittsburgh’s record to a season-best 68-44. They maintain leads of two games over St. Louis and 6-and-a-half games over Cincinnati in the National League Central Division.
The victory went to Pirates’ reliever Bryan Morris (5-4; 2.62 ERA), who set the Marlins down in order in the top of the ninth inning.
Miami (43-68) took a 3-0 lead with three singles for the game’s first run off Pittsburgh starter Jeff Locke in the second inning and four more singles for two scores in the third frame. The Pirates tied the game in the bottom of the third on a two-run double by Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez’s fourth career triple.
The Marlins outhit the Bucs 11-8 with Pittsburgh’s Neil Walker and Miami’s Donovan Solano both recording three hits. McCutchen went two for three with a walk, and is now hitting .309.
In the second game of a three-game series on Wednesday night, the Pirates will start Charlie Morton (3-3; 4.07 ERA) is scheduled to face Miami’s Tom Koehler (3-6; 4.34 ERA).