It was a battle between two pitchers of the 2010 draft class Wednesday, with the Mets coming out on top 6-5 in 10 innings. Neither Noah Syndergaard nor Pirates' starter Jameson Taillon factored into the decision but both kept their teams in the game.
Taillon, the second overall pick in 2010, was solid in his debut, going six innings and giving up three runs. He walked two and struck out three.
His family was at the ballpark and brought a sign to offer encouragement to the young right-hander.
The Mets got down early, which was a theme throughout this series. After John Jaso reached on a Neil Walker error and Andrew McCutchen walked, Gregory Polanco ripped a ball to right that Alejandro de Aza could not come up with and the Pirates had a 1-0 lead.
Jung Ho Kang followed with a RBI single to give the Pirates a 2-0 lead in the first.
Ty Kelly got the start at third for the Mets and helped limit the damage in the third when he threw home to nail Polanco at the plate.
Kelly then came up to bat in the fourth and tied the game at two with his first home run as a major leaguer.
Unfortunately, Syndergaard gave the lead right back to the Pirates in the bottom of the inning when he allowed a long double to John Jaso to make it 3-2.
Syndergaard then took matters into his own hands and smoked a double to right to lead off the fifth inning. He moved to third on a de Aza sacrifice bunt and came home on a Michael Conforto sacrifice fly to tie the game at three.
The game remained tied until the seventh when Jim Henderson entered for the Mets. McCutchen walked to start the inning and Polanco again came through with a double. McCutchen originally held up at third but came home on Walker's second error of the game.
The error also allowed Polanco to move to third and he came home on a sacrifice fly by Josh Harrison.
In the top of the eighth, Michael Conforto got the Mets right back in it when he smacked a two-run home run to tie the game at five.
This game would be decided in extras, when Wilmer Flores came up as a pinch hitter in the tenth with the bases loaded. He came through with bloop hit to give the Mets a 6-5 lead.
Jeurys Familia came in for the save and was lacking command right from the start. He was able to coax a double play out of Sean Rodriguez and finally nailed down the save when he froze David Freese for strike three.
Home plate umpire Alan Porter also had an eventful night when he ejected Matt Joyce for arguing balls and strikes in the seventh.
Then in the eighth, he warned both benches when a ball got away from reliever Jared Hughes.
With this back-and-forth win, the Mets ended their losing streak in Pittsburgh and now it is on to Milwaukee for four with the Brewers.