Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pirates 6, Phillies 3 Cutch Leads Charge Inside-the-Park Hr Sets Stage for Victory

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pirates 6, Phillies 3 Cutch Leads Charge Inside-the-Park Hr Sets Stage for Victory

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PHILADELPHIA -- Andrew McCutchen blazed toward second base in the fifth inning Wednesday night when it became oh-so clear he just might have the speed for an inside-the-park home run.

Seconds later, he crossed home plate standing before the throw reached home. He skipped into the dugout and flashed a grin through a gauntlet of high-fives.

Two batters later, Russell Martin drove one out of the park as the Pirates pulled ahead of the Philadelphia Phillies before tacking on two more runs in a 6-3 win at Citizens Bank Park and seizing another critical September game.

Josh Harrison added an RBI double and Starling Marte an RBI single in the sixth.

The bullpen pitched four scoreless innings to wrap up the win: Bobby LaFromboise took the sixth, John Holdzkom the seventh, Tony Watson the eighth and Mark Melancon the ninth.

"We've shown the ability to battle back in games we've been underneath," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "I just like the way we continue to go where the game takes us. It was good to get back on top after they scored two... to swat that down, get on top and then to add on with some separation."

The Pirates got five innings from starter Vance Worley, who made a first career start against his former team, and chased Philadelphia starter Jerome Williams after five.

Worley, who did not have his best stuff, gave up four hits, three earned runs, two walks and struck out four.

"Overall stuff was sloppy, did the opposite of what I wanted the ball to do. I made it work," Worley said. "I wouldn't say there was any emotion, just extra sweat, and that's about it ... I didn't really have a first pitch to go to.

"You know it seemed like my four-seam [fastball] was sinking and my sinker was cutting. Curveballs were nowhere near the zone. If I threw my cutter right, it was 5 feet short. I had to find a way to keep battling, trusting what I had, and my defense behind me. These guys picked me up and got me some runs."

Williams gave up seven hits, four earned runs, one walk, two home runs and struck out eight.

Martin, who finished 2 for 5 with three RBIs, drove in two with a bases-loaded single in the first as the Pirates struck first. Williams plunked Harrison and Marte to open the game, and McCutchen loaded the bases with a single to set the table for Martin. …

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