Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Josh Harrison's RBI single to center in the seventh inning proved to be the difference, as the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied to take a 3-2 win over the Washington Nationals in the third installment of a four-game set from PNC Park.
The Pirates trailed 2-1 through six but pushed a pair of runs across in the home half of the seventh against Stephen Strasburg (3-4) and got three perfect innings of relief to back Gerrit Cole, who allowed two runs on five hits with seven strikeouts in six innings of work.
Russell Martin singled to start and decisive frame and Sterling Marte doubled two batters later to put runners on second and third for pinch-hitter Jose Tabata, who tied the game with a sacrifice fly to center. Travis Snider was walked intentionally, but Harrison made Washington pay for the decision by delivering the eventual game-winner.
Jared Hughes (3-1) earned the win after tossing the seventh, Jeanmar Gomez needed just five pitches to get through and eighth and Mark Melancon nailed down his ninth save with a 1-2-3 ninth.
Strasburg struck out seven in seven innings but surrendered all three runs on seven hits.
The Pirates have won the first three games in this set and four straight overall. They will send winless Francisco Liriano to the hill in Sunday's finale looking for the sweep. Doug Fister toes the slab for Washington, losers in four in a row.