Josh Harrison led the Pirates to a 5-3 win over the Yankees in the second game of a doubleheader Sunday with a homer and perhaps best of all, a flat-out great eighth-inning catch in left field.
The Bucs fell 4-3 in the first game. Neil Walker homered in the first, but the Yankees scored three in the bottom of the inning as Charlie Morton allowed the first five runners to reach base. He then allowed an RBI double to Brett Gardner in the second. Morton calmed way down after that and ended up getting through seven innings, but the damage had been done. A solo homer by Tony Sanchez and an RBI infield single by Walker in the fifth inning weren't enough to tie the score.
In the second game, Chris Stewart picked off Gardner at third base in the third inning after Gardner led off the bottom of the first with a triple, then knocked in a run in the top of the second with a single. Jose Tabata came up lame trying to take third on the play and was replaced by Travis Snider, who promptly badly missed a ball in the bottom of the inning, leading to a Yankees run. Then Brendan Ryan made an excellent bunt to bring home another run, and Gerrit Cole, likely fuming over Snider's snafu, made a poor throw trying to make an impossible play on the throw to first.
In the sixth, Andrew McCutchen singled, then scored on a blast to right center by Starling Marte. But Yangervis Solarte tied the score 3-3 with a huge home run on Cole's high fastball.
The next inning, however, Harrison put the Pirates ahead with a homer that just cleared the fence in left. He ended up moving to left field when the Pirates replaced Marte, who exited with a tight hamstring. Harrison then made a huge catch in the eighth after Derek Jeter singled, laying out to catch a line drive by Solarte. The Pirates added an insurance run on Stewart's sacrifice fly in the eighth, and Mark Melancon pitched an uneventful ninth for the save.
The Pirates thus leave Yankee Stadium behind with an 18-25 record, but at least they got one badly-needed win -- their season would have gone from "bad" to "code red" without that last victory, particularly if Marte's injury turns out to be serious. I imagine the Pirates will promote an outfielder (not Gregory Polanco, which makes less sense with each passing day) before Tuesday's game against the Orioles.