What a night it was at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park.
The host Pirates were down 2-0 to the visiting Cardinals after the top of the third inning and 3-0 after the top of the fifth, but Bucs starter A.J. Burnett hit a solo shot in the bottom of the fifth and then Jung Ho Kang and Pedro Alvarez tied the game with back-to-back RBI singles in the bottom of the eighth.
The score would remain 3-3 until the 10th, when Cardinals first baseman Mark Reynolds slugged a go-ahead solo homer — his second homer of the game. But then Pirates catcher Chris Stewart answered with an RBI single in the bottom half.
Jhonny Peralta put St. Louis back on top once again in the top of the 14th on an RBI single that scored Matt Carpenter, but that just set up Andrew McCutchen to play the hero with this walkoff blast …
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Pittsburgh has won two in a row and now stands just 3 1/2 games back of first place.
Your box scores and AP recaps from Saturday …
Blue Jays 6, Royals 2
Tigers 5, Twins 9
White Sox 5, Cubs 1
Diamondbacks 2, Mets 4
Braves 2, Rockies 3
Reds 3, Marlins 14
Astros 0, Rays 3
Athletics 5, Indians 4
Nationals 7, Orioles 4
Yankees 3, Red Sox 5
Cardinals 5, Pirates 6
Padres 6, Rangers 5
Phillies 5, Giants 8
Angels 0, Mariners 5
Brewers 7, Dodgers 1
The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reports that the Giants have signed 1B/OF Darin Ruf to a minor league contract.
Ruf, 33, played parts of five seasons in the majors with the Phillies from 2012-16, enjoying occasional offensive success. He spent the last three seasons in the KBO League in South Korea with the Samsung Lions, reigniting his career. Ruf hit an aggregate .313/.404/.564 with 86 home runs and 350 RBI over 1,756 plate appearances.
Ruf joins an ever-increasing list of players whose major league careers fizzled out, then found new life overseas — Eric Thames and Miles Mikolas are a couple of examples. Ruf will hope to prove himself as a big leaguer once more in spring training with the Giants.