Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pirates 2, Brewer 1 Harrison Delivers Extra-Inning Win Pirates Salvage Stellar Pitching Performance

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pirates 2, Brewer 1 Harrison Delivers Extra-Inning Win Pirates Salvage Stellar Pitching Performance

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Josh Harrison wanted to get out of the rain but got an icy Gatorade shower instead. His walk-off single the other way off Milwaukee Brewers reliever Carlos Torres in the 10th inning Saturday washed away a night awash in squandered scoring chances at soggy PNC Park.

Backed by a brilliant performance from right-hander Gerrit Cole and the Pirates' duo of electric left-handed relievers, Felipe Rivero and Tony Watson, the offense needed extra innings before breaking through to claim a 2-1 win. Gift Ngoepe singled leading off in the 10th, advanced to second base on a wild pitch and to third on Jose Osuna's fly ball, setting the stage for Harrison.

"He's like a microwave," manager Clint Hurdle said of Harrison, the energetic leadoff man he also has recently referred to as a spark plug, a trump card and a dash of Tabasco sauce. "You put something in it, something is going to happen. He makes things happen."

In the clubhouse, Harrison made a mental note to keep a running tracker of Hurdle's nicknames, saying, "I don't know I've ever heard them all. He just sticks to calling me J-Hay." The game-winning single up the right-center alley was Harrison's seventh walk-off hit for the Pirates.

The Pirates (14-16) had 11 hits, including four doubles, but were 3 for 11 with runners in scoring position - Harrison's was the only one of those hits which scored a run. In one inning, they recorded back-to-back doubles and no runs. In another, they loaded the bases with no outs for the heart of their lineup. Again, no runs. In the ninth, they stranded runners at second and third.

"We put ourselves in a hard place," Hurdle said. "There were opportunities to score runs, and we didn't do it. Nobody is a fan of bad baseball. . We'll take it and move on."

The Brewers (15-16) had just three hits. Cole allowed two, including a solo home run to Hernan Perez, walked two and struck out eight. He received a no-decision.

Cole has been charged with two earned runs or fewer in each of his past five starts, lowering his ERA to 3. …

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