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Pirates lose McCutchen to injury, then fall on strange play in extra innings

Christian Petersen

The Pirates lost Andrew McCutchen and lost on a dubious Diamondbacks baserunning play in extra innings Sunday, falling 3-2.

McCutchen left the game in the eighth inning after experiencing pain in his side while hitting a sacrifice fly. He later told the press that X-rays turned up negative, so hopefully he'll soon return to the Pirates' lineup.

The Bucs scored in the second when Ike Davis doubled, then came home on a grounder by Michael Martinez. But the Diamondbacks scored two off Francisco Liriano in the third, on a grounder by Ender Inciarte and an RBI single by Jordan Pacheco.

McCutchen's sacrifice fly after Josh Harrison singled and Gregory Polanco doubled in the eighth tied the game at two, though the Bucs missed a chance to take the lead when Polanco tried to score on Russell Martin's groundout. Mark Trumbo threw home and nailed Polanco, with the out call upheld upon review.

Tony Watson and Justin Wilson held the Diamondbacks scoreless through the eighth and ninth, respectively, but the Pirates missed a big chance to take advantage when they loaded the bases in the top of the 10th, only to have Gaby Sanchez and Travis Snider strike out. In the bottom of the inning, Mark Melancon gave up a one-out double to Tuffy Gosewisch, who then advanced to third as Nick Ahmed walked and Melancon threw a wild pitch. Melancon then got Andy Marte to ground into what appeared to be a double-play ball, but Ahmed slid into second with his arms conspicuously high in the air and knocked the ball down. The umpires didn't call interference, and Marte was safe at first, meaning the run counted and the Diamondbacks had a walk-off victory.