Final: Pirates 8, Astros 7
A.J. Burnett had easily his worst start since the 12-run debacle in early May against St. Louis as he gave up six runs in 5+ innings. But the Pirates’ bats were able to bail him out.
Down 4-0 in the fourth inning, Andrew McCutchen hit an opposite field two-run homer to cut the lead to 4-2.
But the Astros answered back with two more runs of their own in the sixth inning. Then the Pirates’ comeback really started.
The Bucs started off the bottom half of the sixth with three straight singles from Garrett Jones, Neil Walker, and Casey McGehee to cut the lead to 6-3. Pedro Alvarez, who was scratched from the lineup because of his leg cramp injury, delivered a two-run single up the middle on the eighth pitch of the at-bat after falling behind 0-2. It was perhaps his best at-bat of the season.
In the seventh, Andrew McCutchen beat out a grounder to short for his third hit of the game. Garrett Jones then hit an absolute bomb that left the ball park over the right field seats. 8-7 Pirates.
Jason Grilli mowed down the Astros in the eighth inning and Joel Hanrahan came on to close things out in the ninth. Hanrahan gave up a one-out walk and then gave up a two-out RBI double to Jason Castro, blowing his third save of the year.
Gorkys Hernandez, who was in for Alex Presley who had left the game with concussion-like symptoms, struck out to lead off the bottom of the ninth. But then Drew Sutton took a slider from Wesley Wright and deposited it into the grass in straight away center field for an amazing walk-off home run. It was pretty much a perfect ending to an awesome game.