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MLB: New York Mets 3, Pittsburgh 2

May 9, 2013 at 11:01 PM

NEW YORK, May 9 (UPI) -- Mike Baxter singled in Marlon Byrd from second with one away in the ninth inning Thursday, giving the New York Mets a 3-2 win over Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh tied the game on an eighth-inning home run by Pedro Alvarez and the Pirates missed a chance to take the lead in the ninth when New York center fielder Juan Lagares made a spectacular catch to rob Andrew McCutchen of an extra base hit that would have brought in a runner from first.

New York then struck in the bottom half of the inning against Jason Grilli (0-1) to win the opener of a four-game series.

Byrd reached to open the inning on an infield single and moved to second on a sacrifice from Andrew Brown.

That brought up Baxter, pinch hitting for Legares, and he drove an 0-1 pitch to center for the game-winning hit.

Bobby Parnell (4-0) picked up the victory as the fifth New York pitcher by working the top of the ninth.

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