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Jaso ties it, delivers walk-off as Bucs top Mets

May 27, 2017

PITTSBURGH -- John Jaso only had two at-bats, but they mattered the most. Jaso tied the game in the ninth and singled in the 10th to give the Pirates a 5-4 walk-off victory over the Mets on Saturday night at PNC Park to even the three-game series.Jaso worked a nine-pitched

PITTSBURGH -- John Jaso only had two at-bats, but they mattered the most. Jaso tied the game in the ninth and singled in the 10th to give the Pirates a 5-4 walk-off victory over the Mets on Saturday night at PNC Park to even the three-game series.
Jaso worked a nine-pitched at-bat in the 10th against Mets closer Addison Reed. He fouled off four pitched before ripping a 3-2 slider over Jay Bruce's head in right field to give the Pirates their first walk-off win since May 6 against Milwaukee.
"It was a very gritty at-bat," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "He kept fighting. He looked like he was on time. And then he got a ball and it just got more of the plate than the other ones he fouled off and he drilled it. Very impactful finish for John to come in when he did come in, driving in a couple runs."
Trailing 4-3 entering the ninth, the Pirates tied the game on Jaso's single to right field. They had a chance to walk off with runners on second and third, but Josh Bell lined out to center field to end the frame. David Freese led off the 10th with a single, Andrew McCutchen was hit by a pitch, and Francisco Cervelli drew a walk to set up Jaso's game-winner off left-hander Josh Edgin. He was 0-of-10 in his previous at-bats against left-handers this season.

Bruce, Travis d'Arnaud, and Lucas Duda each homered for the Mets, who picked up 10 hits, including seven extra-base hits, off Pirates starter Gerrit Cole. But the Mets couldn't manage a hit off the Pirates' bullpen until the 10th. Wade LeBlanc, Juan Nicasio, and Felipe Rivero struck out six Mets in four innings, and closer Tony Watson got out of a two-on, two-out jam in the 10th to earn his third win.

"They're baseball players, they're human beings," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "They know times are tough. But you've got to learn how to play at this level. You've got to learn how to deal with those things and get through 'em and get ready for the next day."
Gold Glove defense: The game could have ended much sooner, if not for the defense of the Mets' Juan Lagares, who entered as a defensive replacement in the eighth in center field. With runners at second and third and two outs in the ninth, Bell lasered a ball to center field that had a 58 percent hit probability, according to Statcast™. Lagares, however, snagged the ball to send the game into extras. He made a catch against the center-field wall in the 10th to rob Gregory Polanco of extra bases on a barreled ball that had a 69 percent hit probability.
"It looked like their center fielder got a good workout in," Jaso said. "He should sleep well tonight."

Running yourself out of the inning: McCutchen homered and reached base four times, but his only mistake was critical. McCutchen was on second with two outs in the sixth, and Cervelli hit a chopper that shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was able to knock down. McCutchen, assuming Cabrera would throw to first, sprinted toward home. Cabrera threw to catcher d'Arnaud, easily getting McCutchen out, to end the inning and preserve the Mets' one-run lead. More >
"[Third-base coach] Joey [Cora] was holding him," Hurdle said. "He actually felt Cabrera was going to make the same play that he made on Cervelli last night. Knowing he had some time, maybe backhand the ball, take advantage of the throw, but it didn't happen."

"It's exciting to have an effort where everybody chipped in. That's all you can ask for every night. At the end of the day you look at the score, it took every one of those hits. We are going to build off of that and come tomorrow and know that we have a chance to win the series." -- Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison on the Pirates' 13 hits
"This is unacceptable. This is not how I am expecting to throw the ball. This is not what I'm getting paid for. The way I'm throwing the ball right now is absolutely unacceptable. There's no other words for it. All I can do is prepare and get ready for tomorrow, and hopefully I'm in the game tomorrow." -- Reed on his performance in the ninth
Cole allowed three home runs for the first time in his 105 MLB starts. His 1.31 home runs per nine innings this season is more than double his career rate of 0.63 HR/9.

"If I can recall, I think a majority of them are solos," Cole said. "We are trying to attack the zone. A good handful of them have been mistakes. A handful of them have been good pitches. Some of them have been wrong sequence. I don't know. I know some of them are elevated and probably catching too much of the plate, and that's just aggressiveness and a lack of executing combining at the same time."
Mets: Right-hander Matt Harvey gets the call for the Mets in their series finale against the Pirates at PNC Park on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 8:08 p.m. ET. Harvey has not completed six innings in any of his last five starts and has a 20:21 K:BB ratio during that stretch. However, he only gave up two runs, tying a season-low, in his last start.
Pirates: Right-hander Tyler Glasnow takes the mound against the Mets on Sunday at 8:08 p.m. ET at PNC Park. Without a changeup or consistent curveball in his last start, Glasnow held the Braves to two runs over six innings. Three of his five outings this month have been quality starts, though he allowed a season-high nine hits his last time out.
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Bob Cohn is a contributor to based in Pittsburgh. He covered the Mets on Saturday.

Jonathan Toye is a reporter for based in Pittsburgh. He covered the Pirates on Saturday.