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PITTSBURGH --- Thanks to an overturned call, Starling Marte tripled and scored the winning run on a throwing error in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates edged the San Francisco Giants 2-1 on Tuesday night.

The left fielder hit a drive high off the 21-foot Clemente Wall in right field with two outs off Tim Hudson (4-2). Rookie second baseman Ehire Adrianza, serving as the cutoff man, took the throw from right fielder Hunter Pence and then threw wildly to third base.

Marte initially hesitated and then raced home but home plate Quinn Wolcott called him out. However, following a replay review of 1:14, it was ruled that catcher Buster Posey's tag was late and Marte was called safe.

That set off a wild -- and odd -- celebration in front of the Pirates' dugout. The Pittsburgh players and coaches stood on the top step of the dugout waiting for the ruling to come to the umpiring crew for the central replay center in New York.

Marte and first baseman Ike Davis each had two hits for the Pirates. Tony Watson (3-0) pitched one scoreless inning for the win after starter Charlie Morton allowed only one unearned run and three hits in eight innings.

Hudson was the tough-luck loser as he gave up two runs -- one earned -- on five hits in an 8 2/3-inning complete game. He had five strikeouts and one walk.

Giants first baseman Brandon Belt had two hits.

Both teams scored single runs in the second inning.

Belt led off with a single, stole second, continued to third on catcher Tony Sanchez's throwing error and scored on Adrianza's sacrifice fly.

Sanchez atoned for his wild throw in the bottom of the inning when his soft groundout to third base scored Marte, who had singled.

NOTES: Both teams called up relief pitchers to aid bullpens that were stretched by Monday night's 12-inning game that was won by the Giants 11-10. San Francisco recalled RHP George Kontos from Triple-A Fresno and optioned RHP Jake Dunning to the same club. The Pirates recalled RHP Phil Irwin from Triple-A Indianapolis and optioned LHP Jeff Locke to the same club. ... Giants 2B Brandon Hicks was the only regular from either team who did not start following Monday night's five-hour, 29-minute game. ... Pittsburgh OF Travis Snider (two games) and C Russell Martin (one game) had the appeals of their suspensions from Major League Baseball for their actions in an April 20 brawl with the Milwaukee heard by videoconference Tuesday afternoon. ... The three-game series concludes Wednesday afternoon with San Francisco RHP Tim Lincecum (2-1, 5.12 ERA) facing Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole (2-2, 3.69 ERA).
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