Ozzie Albies doubled and Austin Riley sprinted for the bases to narrowly surpass the throw at home as the Braves ran away on Wednesday evening with 8-7 in 11 innings before the Pirates.
It's a weird game right from the start. There were a total of 28 hits, of which 20 arrived in the first six innings. A total of 12 pitchers were used.
After a prolonged rain delay, it became wild in the ninth inning. Luke Jackson stepped in and, after picking up an out, handed a hanging slider to Josh Bell, which was pushed over the midfield wall to make it 7-6 Pirates.
Austin Riley continued his incredible exploits in ninth place When it was his turn to circle the bases and tie things down at 7-7, the two clubs exchanged zeroes until Ozzie's exploits in the 1
Mike Soroka came in second on the plate with two on and two off, sneaking a single in the middle and making it 6-2.
One would assume that a four-time lead with Soroka on the hill would be sufficient given his dominance this year, but the pirates continued to shuffle away and end up with 6-6 in the middle innings at some point.
Then came the long rain delay that led up to the crazy late-inning gadgets.
Soroka struggled through his worst ever start to the season and gave up five runs over five innings with 10 hits and one step. The pirates attacked Soroka early on, and it seemed like every ball put into play would find an opening. Soroka's ERA remains at 1.92 at night.
The Braves are 39-29.
The Braves and Pirates will finish their four-game series on Thursday afternoon with Julio Tehran (4-4, 3.03) facing Joe Musgrove (4-6, 4.40), who meets on Monday night after the incident with Josh Donaldson was strangely ejected during clearing.