Andrew McCutchen keyed a 4-2 victory over the Mets Saturday night, the Pirates' 56th win of the season.
The Mets scored first in the fourth, as A.J. Burnett walked Marlon Byrd, then gave up a double to Kirk Nieuwenhuis. They tacked on another run the following inning on Byrd's RBI infield single.
Garrett Jones led off with a double in the bottom of the inning, and came home on Jordy Mercer's single to right to make it 2-1.
Burnett left with after putting two men on in the sixth (striking out eight and walking four over 5.2 innings), but Justin Wilson whiffed Daniel Murphy to end the threat.
In the bottom of the inning, McCutchen led off and tied the game with a solo shot to center. Then, in the seventh, the Pirates had two men on with two outs when McCutchen hit a ground ball single to bring in a run. Josh Edgin then came on in relief and walked Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin to bring in another run.
The Pirates turned to Mark Melancon and Jason Grilli after that, and you know what happened. Another excellent outing for the bullpen kept the Mets from threatening, and after an extra-inning win last night, the Pirates ended up with one that felt somewhat easier.
UPDATE: The Cardinals lost, so the Pirates are now tied with them for first place.