PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 10: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits an RBI double in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals during interleague play on June 10, 2012 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Alex Presley singled to lead off the bottom of the first, and McCutchen brought him home by smacking a double to the gap in right-center, giving the Pirates a 1-0 lead. Then in the third, Neil Walker hit a two-out single, and McCutchen hit a hard line drive to left that cleared the short fence, putting the Pirates up 3-0.
That looked like it would be more than enough for A.J. Burnett, who took a no-hitter into the sixth. (Alex Gordon broke it up with an infield single.)
The bottom half of the inning wasn't particularly uneventful until McCutchen, with two outs, hit a fly ball toward the foul line in right. Outfielder Mitch Maier tumbled over the short wall there and appeared to make an amazing catch, showing the ball to the umpire as he stood up. Replays revealed he hadn't made the catch, however.
The Pirates removed Burnett (to a nice ovation) after he allowed a couple singles in the eighth. Tony Watson got Eric Hosmer to ground out (allowing a run in the process), then gave up a walk to pinch-hitter Billy Butler. Juan Cruz then came on and walked Pena. Gulp. Fortunately, though, up came Maier, who had debts to repay to the umpires. They rung him up on strikes (I haven't seen the at-bat yet, but I'm eager to watch that one when the game gets archived), and the Pirates escaped with a 3-2 lead.