PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- It took a while, but the
sent what was left of the first sellout crowd of the season home happy.
led off the bottom of the 15th inning with a triple and scored the winning run on former Pirate
's wild pitch as Pittsburgh rallied for a 7-6 victory over the
It marked the second straight night the Pirates beat the Indians in 15 innings. They won Friday's contest, 5-4, on
's solo home run
It also was the first time two teams played consecutive games of 15 innings or more since the
San Francisco Giants
played back-to-back 15-inning affairs on June 18-19, 1996.
"We're playing enough for five games in three days," said Pirates reliever
, who tossed five hitless innings. "I just want to stay in bed to 1 o'clock. I'm sure I'll be fatigued tomorrow."
Nunez started the 15th by ripping a 2-1 pitch from Miceli (1-1) into the right field corner and raced to third as right fielder
briefly bobbled the ball.
(2-4), the sixth Pirates' pitcher, tossed the top of the 15th to record the win.
Pirates left fielder
kept his team in the game by leaping high above the fence to rob rookie
of a two-run in the top of the eighth. The Indians held a 5-4 lead at the time.
"It's so big out there, you never know if the ball is really gone," Giles said. "He hit in extremely high. Once I got close to the wall, I thought I might have a shot at it. I was just jumping to see if I could grab it."
"Giles' (catch) was certainly one of the best that I've seen," Pirates manager
added. "His play was fearless. He forget about his knee. The catch was a game-saver for us."
The Indians, who squandered a 5-1 lead, were one out away from a win, but the Pirates scored the tying run in the bottom of the ninth on consecutive errors by shortstop
and third baseman
"There are not two better players on our team that you would want the ball hit to than McDonald and Blake," Indians manager
. "I don't know what happened. We just let things happen."
"You need to do things in a way in which you make the routine plays," McDonald added. "When you mess up the routine plays like we did tonight, there's not anything to look forward to at the end of the season. We're trying to find ourselves as a team."
Pittsburgh got another break in the top of the 13th. With two outs and runners on second and second, Blake hit a hard line drive that appeared headed into center field. But the ball caromed off Tavarez's thigh and right to first baseman
, who stepped on the bag for the final out.
"I really didn't see the ball," Tavarez said. "Blake hit it so hard. I know it hit off the back of my leg. I guess I wasn't meant to lose the game. To have that ball bounce to the first baseman was unbelievable."
"We didn't have a whole lot of luck on our side," Wedge added. "The ball Blake hit, that's two runs, but it takes a perfect bounce to the first baseman. That's the way things have been going the last couple days."
After scoring three runs in the top of the first, the Indians extended their lead to 5-1 in the top of the fifth on RBI doubles by Gerut and
The Pirates began their comeback in the fifth on Kendall's RBI single and made it 5-3 on
's solo home run in the sixth.
Things began to unravel for the Indians in the seventh as
was ejected by plate umpire Dana DeMuth after walking Kendall.
replace Boyd but was unable to protect the two-run lead lead, giving up an RBI single to Giles in the eighth and a solo homer to
in the eighth.
But the Indians regained the lead off closer
in the top of the ninth as
reached on a infield single and scored two outs later on Bradley's single to right field.
got the first two batters in the bottom half, but Ramirez kept the Pirates alive with a double into the left field corner. McDonald bobbled Sanders' grounder and Blake mishandled pinch hitter
' chopper, enabling Ramirez to come home with the tying run.
The Pirates scored single runs in seven different innings.