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McCutchen injured as Pirates fall to Diamondbacks, 3-2

PHOENIX -- The Pirates lost the game and their star player Sunday afternoon.

The Arizona Diamondbacks walked off with a 3-2 win in 10 innings at Chase Field. McCutchen walked off a few innings before, holding his left side in pain after a sacrifice fly.

Tuffy Gosewisch poked a low-and-away curveball from Mark Melancon into the gap in right-center for a double in the bottom of the 10th. Ball four to Nick Ahmed bounced away from Russell Martin, allowing Gosewisch to reach third.

The Pirates tried to turn a double play on Andy Marte's ground ball, but Ahmed stuck his left arm up and deflected Jayson Nix's throw, allowing the winning run to score.

The Pirates had runners on second and third in the top of the 10th, thanks to a single, throwing error, intentional walk and passed ball, but Evan Marshall struck out Gaby Sanchez and Travis Snider, stranding the runners.

Leading off the eighth against Brad Ziegler, Josh Harrison singled. He ran on the pitch to Gregory Polanco, who stretched a hit into a double.

McCutchen flied out to left, scoring Harrison and tying the game at 2-2, but he grabbed his left side as he jogged up the first-base line. He left the game, and the dugout, in pain.

Ziegler intentionally walked Travis Snider with first base open. Russell Martin grounded out to short for the inning's second out, but Polanco attempted to score from second. Mark Trumbo threw home, retiring Polanco for an inning-ending double play. The call withstood an umpire-initiated review to ensure catcher Tuffy Gosewisch did not violate Rule 7.13, the new ordinance governing blocking home plate.

Russell Martin and Ike Davis reached base in the second inning, Davis' double pushing them into scoring position. Michael Martinez grounded out to score a run.

Tuffy Gosewisch singled to start the bottom of the third. Liriano walked Nick Ahmed and Trevor Cahill sacrificed them to second and third. Ender Inciarte's grounder scored one run, Jordan Pacheco's single scored another and Arizona had a 2-1 lead.

The Pirates had a chance in the seventh but poor execution diminished it. After an Ike Davis single, the Pirates called a hit-and-run with Jordy Mercer, who had struck out twice, at the plate. Mercer swung and missed, stranding Davis, not among the faster runners on the team, on the basepaths to get thrown out. Mercer eventually struck out.

Martinez doubled and Pedro Alvarez pinch-hit. The Diamondbacks left Cahill, who has been destroyed by left-handers this season, in the game despite having lefty Oliver Perez warming in the bullpen.

Cahill threw five changeups to Alvarez. The first two were balls. Alvarez swung through the final three and the inning was over.

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