Josh Bell hits first career walk-off home run for Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates' Josh Bell points as he rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run off Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, July 6, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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With one out in the bottom of the ninth and the score tied at two, Pittsburgh first baseman Josh Bell sent a Seung-Hwan Oh pitch over the left field wall to give the Pirates a 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Bell’s home run, which drove in Adam Frazier and Andrew McCutchen, was the first walk-off home run of his career.

Bell finished the game 2-for-3 with two walks, one run scored and four runs batted in. On the season Bell is hitting .243 with 17 home runs, 47 RBIs and a .812 OPS, having played in 89 games after appearing in 45 as a rookie in 2016. His walk-off home run is the third of the season for the Pirates, who lead the National League in that category, according to ESPN Stats & Info. By comparison, Pittsburgh had just one walk-off home run all of 2016.

What also occurred for the third time this season Friday night was manager Clint Hurdle getting ejected from the game. Hurdle was ejected by home plate umpire Jerry Lane in the sixth inning.

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