By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Pirates walk off with victory in 10th inning
braves web
Pittsburgh Pirates' Pedro Alvarez drives in two runs with a double off Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Luis Avilan during the fifth inning of Friday's game in Pittsburgh. - photo by Associated Press

PITTSBURGH — Jordy Mercer doubled home Andrew McCutchen with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.

McCutchen doubled off Jason Grilli (2-3) leading off the inning and three batters later, Mercer's third hit of the game smacked off the right-field wall as the Pirates won for just the second time in their last seven games.

Mark Melancon (1-1) pitched a scoreless top of the 10th for Pittsburgh as the Pirates' bullpen didn't allow a hit in three innings of relief. Pedro Alvarez added two RBIs for the Pirates.

Juan Uribe homered for Atlanta and Eddie Perez had two hits, but the Braves dropped their fourth straight game.

Atlanta starter Williams Perez had little trouble until the fifth, when a liner off Josh Harrison's bat drilled Perez in his right foot. Perez lay on his stomach for several moments while being tended to by trainers. He opted to stay in the game, but with his plant leg hobbled his control abandoned him. Perez walked Neil Walker on four pitches, balked Walker to second and then hit McCutchen.

Luis Avilan came on to replace Perez, but gave up an infield single to Marte and a flare to center by Alvarez that scored to Walker and McCutchen. The first RBIs off a left-hander by the left-handed Alvarez this season gave Pittsburgh the lead.

It didn't last long. Uribe took a changeup from Pittsburgh starter Francisco Liriano and sent it out of McCutchen's reach and over the wall in center field for just his third homer since coming to Atlanta in a trade with the Dodgers a month ago.

Liriano bounced back from a rough outing last Saturday in Washington when he was on the losing end of Max Scherzer's no-hitter, giving up two runs on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts. He also made it through seven innings, giving the middle of Pittsburgh'sbullpen a needed respite following a heavy workload during the team's recent dip.

The Pirates ran themselves out of a chance to win the game in the ninth, but had little trouble getting to Grilli, who was an All-Star closer with Pittsburgh in 2013. McCutchen jumped on Grilli's fastball that jumped over the left-field wall for a ground-rule double. Grilli intentionally walked Starling Marte and after Alvarez struck out Mercer's fly to right kept carrying as McCutchen raced home.