Andrew McCutchen’s walkoff home run, leading off the bottom of the 12th inning, lifted the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 4-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
McCutchen’s 5th homer of the season was hit off Milwaukee’s Mike Fiers (0-2; 8.68 ERA), and made a winner of Pirates reliever Vin Mazzaro (2-0; 3.14 ERA).
The Bucs had tied the score at 3-3 in the eighth inning on an RBI double by catcher Russell Martin, his second two-bagger of the game. Pittsburgh missed a chance to win in the bottom of the ninth frame when Garrett Jones grounded into a double play following a double by Jose Tabata and an intentional walk to McCutchen.
The Pirates’ earlier runs had scored on ground ball outs by Jones and Clint Barmes. Tabata finished with three hits and is now battuing .294, while Martin and Neil Walker both recorded two. The Bucs have now won four of their past five ballgames.
Jean Segura homered for Milwaukee (16-21), and Ryan Braun and Norichika Aoki tallied three hits apiece.
In the third game of the four-game series on Wednesday night, the Pirates (22-17) will send Wandy Rodriguez (3-2; 3.62 ERA) to the mound against the Brewers’ Yovani Gallardo (3-2; 4.70 ERA).