Video: Josh Harrison beats the throw to second base with unorthodox pop-up slide

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With his Pirates trailing 6-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning, infielder Josh Harrison led off with a line drive single to left-center field off of starter Stephen Strasburg. Center fielder Michael Taylor quickly got to the ball and fired to second base. Harrison was attempting to stretch his hit into a double, but chose poorly. He was dead to rights but executed a feet-first slide, then popped up and stuck his left leg onto the second base bag just ahead of the tag from Wilmer Difo. Harrison was ruled safe, but the Nationals challenged the ruling. It was upheld, but the Pirates would squander their opportunity.

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Harrison provided the Pirates’ only run in the first inning with a solo home run to left field.