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Pirates finally win, taking down suspended game in 11 innings

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Brian Kersey

The Pirates completed yesterday's suspended game by beating the Cubs 5-3 in 11 innings.

Tony Watson came on in the Cubs' half of the seventh and walked his first two batters, but got the next three in order. After that, not much happened, as Watson pitched through the eighth and Mark Melancon handled the ninth and 10th.

In the 11th, Neil Walker hit a one-out double against Wesley Wright, and then Gregory Polanco and Brent Morel (pinch-hitting for Clint Barmes, which makes me chuckle) walked. Josh Harrison then hit a soft line-drive single on an 0-2 Wesley Wright fastball for his fourth knock of the game, putting the Pirates ahead. Then Tony Sanchez's sacrifice fly (September baseball, people!) brought home another.

Harrison then exited the game with left ankle discomfort after turning following a catch in the bottom of the inning. He's not in the lineup for tonight's regularly scheduled game, and it's not clear whether he'll be available. Harrison is pretty much indispensable at this point, so let's hope he's back as soon as possible. (In April, or even June, I would never have seen that sentence coming.)

Anyway, John Holdzkom pitched the bottom of the 11th and struck out two more batters for another perfect inning and his first big-league save. He's now faced six big-league hitters and struck out five of them. More John Holdzkom, please!