Pedro Alvarez was characteristically nonplussed about his 1st-inning home run after his Derby selection.
Jordy Mercer was struggling at the plate through July when he came up in the 11th inning with two runners on. The Pirates' now-second baseman stepped in 4-for-31 over the month with no extra-base hits.
No time like walkoff time to stop a skid in front of 39,036 fans, PNC Park's largest crowd since Opening Day.
Mercer knew that Andrew McCutchen would score from second base if his hit found outfield grass, and he grounded a pitch past the debuting Gonzalez Germen and the dives of Mets middle infielders Daniel Murphy and Omar Quintanilla to that green spot. McCutchen speeded through third and beat the throw from center field replacement Juan Lagares to win yet another extra-inning...
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