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Pittsburgh Pirates leftfielder Starling Marte hit a walk-off home run in the ninth inning to beat the San Francisco Giants. 

By SI Wire
August 22, 2015

Pittsburgh Pirates leftfielder Starling Marte made two crucial plays in Saturday’s win over the San Francisco Giants. First he robbed a home run, then he hit a walk-off shot of his own. 

Marte kept the game scoreless in the second inning by leaping to bring a Brandon Crawford shot back from over the wall and hit a solo homer with two outs in the ninth to win the game, 3–2.

Both teams scored a run in the fifth and Jung Ho Kang gave the Pirates a one-run lead in the seventh with his second home run of the day. Pittsburgh gave one back in the eighth when a Joakim Soria wild pitch allowed Matt Duffy to score and tie the game. 

George Kontos struck out the first two Pirates he faced in the ninth, but Marte hit the first pitch he saw over the fence. 

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With the win, the Pirates improved to 73–48 on the season, tied with the Kansas City Royals for the second-best record in the majors and four games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central. 

- Dan Gartland

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