Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Brewers 3, Pirates 2 Tag Up Foiled in 8th Inning Marte Ruled out after Foul Pop Up

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Brewers 3, Pirates 2 Tag Up Foiled in 8th Inning Marte Ruled out after Foul Pop Up

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MILWAUKEE -- They say crazy things happen when the Pirates visit the Brewers.

And Saturday night in front of a sellout of 42,828 at Miller Park, what transpired certainly qualifies.

Jonathan Lucroy singled in Ryan Braun in the bottom of the eighth to secure a 3-2 win for the Brewers, but not before another wild inning by the Pirates, who rolled the dice on a risky play that panned out in a game last year.

In the top of the eighth, the Pirates had runners on the corners and tried to tag up from third on a foul-ball pop up behind home plate, but did not score this time.

"First and third in certain situations, we're going to try to steal a run here," said manager Clint Hurdle. "It [had] been a crazy game. We gifted them a run. Seemed like a good opportunity to catch them off guard. We didn't."

Andrew McCutchen was at the plate with one out and runners on the corners. He popped up to the catcher and Travis Snider tried to tag up for second and induce a rundown as Starling Marte broke for home from third.

Lucroy, the catcher, threw to second to try to get Snider, but shortstop Jean Segura cut it off and threw home where Marte was tagged out.

Marte was not tagged out by Lucroy, but by reliever Jim Henderson, who initially appeared to be blocking the plate.

Hurdle, who went out to argue the play, said he did not ask for a review.

"When the guy is clearly out, it doesn't make much sense to review it," Hurdle said. "It's a play we have in place that we work on all spring that won us a ballgame last year. We tag at first, draw the throw to second and send the runner for third once the ball is out of the hand ... Marte breaks on the throw. They had to make a baseball play. We tried to steal a run. ... The pitcher did not block the plate."

A year ago, the Pirates beat Houston on a similar play.

"We took the risk. Weren't able to make the play, but it was 50- 50," McCutchen said. "You've got your chip on red or black and have a 50-50 chance of winning it or losing it. That's the chance we took."

The Pirates got 61/3 innings in another strong start by Edinson Volquez, who gave up four hits and two runs (one earned). …

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