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Video review gives Walker homer vs. Giants

High fly ball, originally ruled double, ricochets off first row of seats

PITTSBURGH -- Pirates second baseman Neil Walker was awarded a home run after video review in the seventh inning of Wednesday's 12-8 victory over the Giants.

Walker ripped a 2-0 fastball to right field to lead off the inning. It hit the bottom of a seat in the first row of the bleachers and bounced back onto the field.

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The umpires originally ruled it a double but after reviewing it, they awarded Walker a home run to give the Pirates an 11-6 lead.

"I didn't think it was a home run," Walker said. "The kid at first base [Brandon Belt] thought it might have hit the chair and popped back out, but I thought it hit the wall, just because of the way it bounced back to him."

It was Walker's fifth home run of the season and third RBI of the night.

Steven Petrella is an associate reporter for

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