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Game 3 Recap: This Time, Pirates Steal Late Lead

Game 3 Recap: This Time, Pirates Steal Late Lead

Alvarez came through with three RBIs today to lead the Pirates to a victory.

Yesterday, things were looking good for the Pittsburgh Pirates heading in to the 8th inning.  They had a 3-0 lead with their star relievers, Evan Meek and Joel Hanrahan, in line to close out the last two innings.  That never happened, as Meek struggled, and the Pirates gave up five runs in the inning.  That brought on Carlos Marmol, who mowed down the Pirates' in the ninth inning for the save.

Today, the Pirates came in to the ninth inning down 4-3, with Marmol coming to the mound again.  This time, things went differently.  On a full count, Garrett Jones laid off a low slider to draw the leadoff walk.  Neil Walker followed that up with a single, putting runners at first and second.  After Lyle Overbay bunted the runners over, it set the stage for a crazy play with Pedro Alvarez at the plate.

Alvarez hit a slow roller past Marmol, to Starlin Castro at shortstop.  Castro tried to make a running throw t...

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