PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — With what the Pirates offense has shown us through nearly two months of the season, very few people probably believed there was any chance of Pittsburgh winning Monday night after falling behind, 4-0, to the New York Mets in the second inning.
However, that’s just what the Pirates did. Pittsburgh scored twice in the fourth, twice in the seventh and score the game-winning run in the eighth to beat New York, 5-4.
Andrew McCutchen followed a Josh Harrison double with a double of his own, scoring the Pirates first run in the bottom of the fourth. Pedro Alvarez made it three doubles in a row, and the Mets lead was cut in half, 4-2.
After a Clint Barmes single to lead off the bottom of the seventh, Michael McKenry hit a home run to left-center field, tying the game, 4-4.
Then in the bottom of the eighth, Barmes drove in Neil Walker from third base on a sacrifice fly to right field for the first Pittsburgh lead of the night, 5-4.
Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan came on in the ninth and sent the Mets down 1-2-3 for his 10th save of the season.
Erik Bedard struggled early on for the Pirates, burning through 70 pitches in just three innings. He pitched five innings total, allowing four runs on six hits and throwing 97 pitches (54 for strikes).
New York starter Johan Santana pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits while striking out seven.
McCutchen had two of the Pirates eight hits, as seven starters registered at least one hit on the night.
Pittsburgh’s record improves to 20-22 on the season with Monday night’s win.