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Josh Harrison's RBI double in 11th wins for Pittsburgh over Mets, 3-2

PITTSBURGH -- Josh Harrison is officially worth his weight in gold, all 200 pounds of him.

Harrison doubled in Clint Barmes for the game-winning run in the eleventh inning Friday night to lead the Pirates to a 3-2 win over the New York Mets, after nearly single handedly winning the game in the tenth.

Harrison -- who originally had the night off -- managed to be all over the basepaths after entering the game late.

Harrison singled on a sharp grounder to third to lead off the 10th, stole second, just beating the tag with a headfirst slide.

Then in a stunning rundown that had him crawling on the dirt, Harrison reached third safely on a ball hit by Gregory Polanco back to the pitcher.

The Mets, who had just lost a challenge on his stolen base, were out of challenges and the Pirates had two in scoring position as Polanco snuck to second during the wild rundown.

Travis Snider struck out looking, Andrew McCutchen was intentionally walked, Neil Walker struck out swinging, and Russell Martin popped up to right field to end the threat.

The Pirates, now 41-39, are two games over .500 for the first time since April 11, when the season was less than two weeks old.

Brandon Cumpton threw 92 pitches in another quality start at PNC Park, giving the club seven innings, and a chance to win.

Cumpton left the game when the club was tied 2-2 with the Mets, after giving up six hits, two earned runs, but struck out four and walked just one.

The Mets put runners on the corners in the ninth when Juan Lagares reached on a fielders choice and Travis d'Arnaud singled with two outs on a ball that caromed off Mark Melancon, past second base and into the outfield.

But Melancon got Bobby Abreu to ground out to end the inning.

Daniel Murphy singled with two outs in the 10th, but was caught stealing by Russell Martin to end the inning.

The Mets scored a pair of runs off Cumpton in the fourth inning after Ruben Tejada singled, and Daniel Murphy doubled to put two in scoring position.

Lucas Duda hit an RBI single on a changeup to right field to make it 2-0.

Cumpton got a groundout from Eric Campbell, a late replacement for David Wright (shoulder), and then picked off Chris Young to get out of the inning.

The Pirates didn't trail for long.

Jordy Mercer hit a two-out bases loaded single up the middle to drive in a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning that tied things up 2-2.

Mercer drove in Andrew McCutchen, who had cracked a leadoff single, and Ike Davis who reached on a fielders choice.

Russell Martin kept the rally alive when he slid headfirst into first base earlier in the inning but was thrown out at second when Davis hit a grounder to second base.

Martin lingered on the ground for a moment and appeared to be injured, but eventually popped back up, jogged to the dugout and suited up to catch the next inning and the remainder of the game.

Cumpton gave up to more singles in the fifth, but got a sacrifice bunt, fly ball out and pop-up to get out of the inning.

He allowed just one on runner on base in both the sixth and seventh innings.

The Pirates stranded two runners in the second inning when Mercer grounded sharply to Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom for the final out.

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