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Pirates vs. Mets: Andrew McCutchen injured as R.A. Dickey strikes out 13 Bucs

Travis Snider made a spectacular catch against the Mets Thursday afternoon.

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Pirates lose 6-5 against R.A. Dickey and the Mets

The Pirates played their final road game of the 2012 season on Thursday, and despite going up early, they'd eventually lose the game 6-5 to the Mets. The full box score can be found here.

The Pirates got to Mets starting hurler R.A. Dickey early, knocking in a pair of runs in the second inning to go up 2-0. Ike Davis would homer for the Mets in the bottom of the frame, and after Scott Hairston grounded out, Travis Snider made one of the plays of the season in the outfield. Mike Baxter would send a Kevin Correia offering well over the fence in right field, but Travis Snider climbed the wall and made an absolutely beautiful catch to keep the game at 2-1.

The Pirates would make it 3-1 wen Rod Barajas hit his 11th home run of the season in the fourth inning, but Correia would give up four runs in the bottom of the fifth as R.A. Dickey moved into position to record his 20th win of the season. The Pirates would get nothing further off of the knuckleballer, as he struck out 13 Pirates on the day.

The Pirates would rally to make it 6-5 in the ninth when Alex Presley hit his 10th home run of the year off of Jon Rauch, but they'd be unable to get anything more as Bobby Parnell came in for the Mets to seal the win.

Beyond the result, Pirates fans have a bit of an injury concern. Andrew McCutchen had to leave the game with a left knee injury after slamming the knee into the ground trying to catch a ball in the seventh inning. McCutchen told the media he'll be "good to go" for tomorrow after the game:

The Pirates will return to Pittsburgh on Friday for their final six games of the season. They'll have a three-game set with the Reds over the weekend before concluding their season when Chipper Jones and the Braves come to town.

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Pirates give Marte a start

The Pittsburgh Pirates sit only one game away from being eliminated from playoff contention as they take on the New York Mets on Wednesday night. The Pirates hope prospect Starling Marte can help keep the Pittsburgh playoff hopes alive, as the 23-year-old will bat at the top of the order and play left field in just his 35th MLB start. With Marte in the lineup the Pirates are giving Gaby Sanchez a rest and shifting Garrett Jones from the outfield to first base.

Full lineups for Wednesday's game are below:

Pittsburgh Pirates (76-78)

1. Starling Marte, LF
2. Alex Presley, RF
3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
4. Garrett Jones, 1B
5. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
6. Michael McKenry, C
7. Josh Harrison, 2B
8. Clint Barmes, SS
9. Jeff Locke, SP

New York Mets (70-84)

1. Ruben Tejada, SS
2. Daniel Murphy, 2B
3. David Wright, 3B
4. Scott Hairston, RF
5. Ike Davis, 1B
6. Kelly Shoppach, C
7. Lucas Duda, LF
8. Andres Torres, CF
9. Jeremy Hefner, SP

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Pirates and Mets lineups for Tuesday's game

The Pittsburgh Pirates will attempt to get back on track against the New York Mets at Citi Field on Tuesday night after dropping the first game of the four-game series. There will be no major changes to the lineup for the Pirates as they will need to finish their season strong if they hope to have their first .500 or better season since 1992. The Pirates are still technically alive in the Wild Card playoff race, but are hanging by the slimmest of threads.

Full lineups are below:

Pittsburgh Pirates (75-78)

1. Alex Presley, LF
2. Josh Harrison, 2B
3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
4. Garrett Jones, RF
5. Gaby Sanchez, 1B
6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
7. Clint Barmes, SS
8. Rod Bajaras, C
9. Wandy Rodriguez, SP

New York Mets (70-83)

1. Ruben Tejada, SS
2. Justin Turner, 2B
3. David Wright, 3B
4. Scott Hairston, LF
5. Ike Davis, 1B
6. Kelly Shoppach, C
7. Andres Torres, CF
8. Mike Baxter, RF
9. Collin McHugh, SP

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