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Pirates top Arizona on McCutchen's HR

Jun 9, 2011 - 5:47 AM Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Andrew McCutchen's leadoff homer in the bottom of the 12th inning sent Pittsburgh past Arizona, 3-2, in the middle test of a three-game series from PNC Park.

McCutchen, who ended the game 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored, took a Zach Kroenke (0-1) offering over the wall in left field, just inside the foul pole to end the contest.

"It was a slider, full count. We were hoping he was cheating on the heater and apparently he wasn't," Kroenke said.

Daniel McCutchen (2-1) picked up the win with two scoreless relief innings for the Pirates, who have taken the first two games of the set and reached the .500 mark for the first time since May 10.

Stephen Drew finished 2-for-3 and drove in both runs for the Diamondbacks, who have lost three in a row.

Pittsburgh got a run in the third after Jose Tabata singled with one out, went to third on a Josh Harrison base hit and scored on McCutchen's sacrifice fly.

Pirates starter Paul Maholm was in control throughout his start despite having a slim one-run lead. He allowed just one hit and three walks with four strikeouts over his six-inning outing. Former Pirate and opposing starter Zach Duke worked seven innings, yielding nine hits and one run.

"It was a good game. Everyone in this clubhouse battles and we expect to win," Maholm said. "Hopefully we can carry the momentum."

Jose Veras came on in the eighth and walked pinch-hitter Kelly Johnson. He was sacrificed to second and scored on Drew's pinch-hit single.

In the 10th, Drew singled home Johnson but McCutcheon hit a ground-rule double and scored on a Neil Walker base hit in the bottom half for a 2-2 game.

The Bucs stranded runners on the corners in the 11th after Johnson grounded into an inning-ending double play, then the D-Backs did the same in the top of the 12th after pinch-hitter Sean Burroughs flied out.

Game Notes

Pittsburgh's win evens its record at 30-30, marking the first time the franchise has been .500 or better at this point in a season since June 11, 2005 after an 18-2 thrashing of Tampa Bay (finished 67-95)...As neither starter registered a decision, both Duke and Maholm remained tied for the most wins in PNC Park's history with 31...Bucs catcher Chris Snyder left the game with low back pain in the third inning...Tabata finished 4-for-6.