PITTSBURGH (AP) — Buster Posey tagged Starling Marte and headed to the dugout to prepare for extra innings.
The San Francisco catcher ended up going straight to the clubhouse after the streaking Giants were undone by a nifty slide and the unflinching eye in the sky.
Marte was called out, then ruled safe on a replay review with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 2-1 victory Tuesday night to end San Francisco's six-game winning streak.
It was 1-all when Marte tripled off the wall in right field off Tim Hudson. Marte slid into third, got up and bolted home when the relay from second baseman Ehire Adrianza skipped by third baseman Pablo Sandoval.
Sandoval recovered to throw home and plate umpire Quinn Wolcott initially ruled Marte out. A brief review showed Marte's right hand touched the plate before Posey was able to swipe Marte's chest.
"Looking at it, it was really close," Posey said. "I feel like most of the plays like this that could go either way stay the way they were called on the field. I don't know if they (the umpires) had a different angle than what I saw but I don't think so."
San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy placed some of the blame on Adrianza's ill-fated decision to try and get Marte at third.
"We made a mistake there," Bochy said. "It's a hard call for the relay man because your instinct is to wheel and throw but with two outs it's a dangerous play."
One that ruined an otherwise spectacular night by Hudson (4-2). The 38-year-old's bid for his first start of nine innings in nearly two years ended with his second loss of the season. He was masterful until Marte's decisive swing. Hudson allowed two runs and five hits in 8 2-3 innings, striking out five and walking one as his ERA dipped to 2.15.
"He had unbelievable game," Bochy said of Hudson. "Two outs, two strikes in the ninth inning, it's a tough loss for him. He pitched his heart out."
Yet Hudson allowed he left the ball up over the plate to Marte. One of baseball's fastest players sprinted 270 feet and popped up when Pirates third base coach Nick Leyva told him to take off for home after the ball skipped past Sandoval, whose left hand was inadvertently kicked by Marte.