The Pirates finished out a 4-2 win with a rally in the top of the tenth against the Athletics Saturday night.
Chad Kuhl fared well in his second big-league start, allowing two runs while striking out two and walking none over six innings. He got five outs on the ground and six in the air -- not exactly the balance he'd probably like, being a sinkerball pitcher, and it seemed there were times he left the ball up a bit. Overall, though, it was a solid performance.
The A's scored two in the bottom of the third, but the Bucs quickly responded in the fourth, tying the game on run-scoring hits by Starling Marte and Josh Harrison. From there, Kuhl and the Pirates' suddenly-totally-decent bullpen took over (with Kuhl catching a break in the fifth, when the Athletics' potential go-ahead run got stranded at third after Josh Reddick hit a double that landed in a hole beneath the outfield wall). Neftali Feliz, Tony Watson and Juan Nicasio capably handled the late innings.
The Bucs' offense finally delivered in extra innings. Erik Kratz led off the tenth inning with a single, then moved up on a sacrifice and came home as David Freese grounded a single to left. Freese was ruled out at home on a very close play later in the inning, but Gregory Polanco knocked in an insurance run on a single to center. Mark Melancon allowed two singles in the bottom of the inning, but left both stranded to finish out the win.