Pirates’ Harrison pulls off great escape in rundown vs. Mets

The Pirates' Josh Harrison hits the dirt, avoiding a tag attempt by the Mets' Ruben Tejada.

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Don’t get in a game of tag with Josh Harrison. He’ll never be "it."

Caught in a rundown between second and third by the New York Mets on Friday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates utility man somehow escaped. Stopping, starting, dipping, diving, he ended up safe on third.

It was miraculous — or a blown call by the umpires. Or maybe both.

By rule, Harrison had to stay within three feet of his established basepath. Sure didn’t look like he did that, but would we be watching this play then?

"I thought he used a great deal of the baseline — quotation marks," the Mets’ Daniel Murphy said.

As it turned out, the play, which happened in the bottom of the 10th, didn’t affect the outcome. But Harrison still did. He hit a game-winning double in the 11th give the Pirates a 3-2 victory.