PITTSBURGH (AP) — Andrew McCutchen led off the 12th with a home run and the Pittsburgh Pirates reached .500 with a 3-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.
McCutchen took a 3-2 pitch from Zach Kroenke (0-1) high and just inside the left-field foul pole for his team-leading 10th home run — the second time he has ended a game with a home run.
The Pirates (30-30) evened their record this late in the season for the first time since being 30-30 on June 11, 2005. Pittsburgh has won four of five and six of eight.
Arizona has lost three consecutive since going on a 18-4 run.
Daniel McCutchen (2-1) worked out of jams in both the 11th and 12th to earn the win in a game in which each team blew a save in the late innings
Andrew McCutchen had three hits, scored twice and had two RBIs. Jose Tabata had four hits for the second time in his career and scored Pittsburgh’s first run.
The Diamondbacks’ Stephen Drew entered the game in the eighth as a pinch-hitter and twice drove in Kelly Johnson with singles to account for the tying and go-ahead runs.
The usual cleanup hitter, Drew was not in the lineup against left-handed starter Paul Maholm. But he extended his hitting streak to five games when he lined a single in the eighth off of Jose Veras to tie the game at 1.
Two innings later, Johnson — another regular who was given the beginning of the night off but pinch hit in the eighth — again led off by reaching base, again was sacrificed to second and again scored on a single to center by Drew.
But J.J. Putz blew his second save in 19 opportunities in the bottom of the 10th when Neil Walker’s one-out single scored McCutchen.
Good friends and fellow left-handed starters Zach Duke and Maholm both had strong outings but were given no-decisions when a win would have meant either would be the all-time victories leader at PNC Park.
The Diamondbacks managed only one hit against Maholm in six shutout innings, and former Pirates teammate Duke allowed one run on nine hits in seven innings.
Maholm was in line to break a tie with Duke with 31 wins at the Pirates’ 11-year-old ballpark.
Making his third start with the Diamondbacks after spending his first six seasons with Pittsburgh, Duke allowed 11 baserunners. Only one would cross home — on a McCutchen sacrifice fly in the third.
McCutchen's HR in 12th sinks Diamondbacks, 3-2
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