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PITTSBURGH -- Josh Harrison got the game-winning hit and yet all anyone wanted to ask him about was how he wriggled out of that wild rundown an inning earlier. Julius Honka Jersey . Harrisons double with two outs in the 11th gave the Pittsburgh Pirates a 3-2 victory over the New York Mets on Friday night. "The rundown was fun, but the hit was more exciting because it meant the game was over and we won," Harrison said. Jordy Mercer hit a two-run single for the Pirates (41-39), who moved two games above .500 for the first time since April 10. They have won the first two games of the four-game series. Pinch-hitter Clint Barmes drew a one-out walk from former Pittsburgh reliever Vic Black (1-2) in the 11th. Mercer struck out before Harrison hit a drive to the 375-foot sign in right-centre, scoring Barmes without a throw. Harrison entered as a pinch hitter in the seventh and squirmed his way out of a long rundown in the 10th. The play drew an argument from Mets manager Terry Collins, who thought Harrison should have been ruled out for running outside the baseline. Harrison twice avoided a tag by hitting the ground and popping back up. "Like I learned in middle school -- stop, drop and roll," he said. Harrison eventually scrambled into third, putting two Pirates runners in scoring position with none out. Jenrry Mejia pitched out of the jam by getting two strikeouts and a fly to right. Black, acquired from the Pirates late last season in a trade, wasnt as fortunate in the 11th. Harrison and teammate Russell Martin each had two hits. Jared Hughes (4-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. Lucas Duda hit a two-run single and rookie Travis dArnaud had three hits for the Mets, who played without seven-time All-Star David Wright. The third baseman was scratched about 90 minutes before the first pitch with a sore left shoulder and will return to New York on Saturday for an MRI. Wright, riding a 10-game hitting streak, said the shoulder has been nagging him for a couple of weeks. "Any loss is going to be tough," said Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy, who had two hits. "Mejia did a great job right there that inning. Its a loss. Losses are tough. I dont know any other way to describe it." Neither rookie starter figured in the decision but both pitched well. New Yorks Jacob deGrom gave up two runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings. Pittsburghs Brandon Cumpton allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings. Cumpton is 3-0 with a 2.97 ERA in five June starts after giving up 11 runs in 3 2-3 innings on May 31 in a loss at Dodger Stadium. "He continues to go out there and compete," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "He keeps going out there and getting things done." NOTES: Pittsburgh traded RHP Jason Grilli to the Los Angeles Angels for RHP Ernesto Frieri. Both pitchers were removed as their teams closer on May 20. ... Pittsburgh will activate RHP Gerrit Cole (6-3, 3.64 ERA) from the disabled list Saturday to start against LHP Jonathon Niese (4-4, 2.78). Cole has been sidelined since June 4 with right shoulder fatigue. ... Pirates LF Starling Marte did not start for a third straight game because of a jammed right middle finger, but he pinch-ran in the seventh inning and will likely start Saturday. ... Mets OF Chris Young went 0 for 5 in an increasingly rare start against a right-handed pitcher, playing left field in place of Eric Young Jr. Collins wanted to get Young in the lineup after he hit three home runs in two games against Oakland this week. ... Pittsburgh is 5-4 in extra innings. New York is 5-7. Ben Bishop Jersey .Y. -- The "for sale" sign is up at the Buffalo Bills with the hiring of financial and legal advisers who may begin talking with prospective buyers within the next month. Curtis McKenzie Jersey .Inter Milan and Napoli also advanced to ensure there will be at least three Italian clubs in the last 32 of Europes secondary competition.Spurs victory, secured by Benjamin Stamboulis 49th-minute winner, was overshadowed by a succession of pitch invasions that forced the referee to halt the game after 41 minutes.When Canadas only World Cup ski champion was invited to participate in a 2014 Olympic torch relay at the North Pole, he probably wasnt expecting his fellow runners would be world-class Arctic scientists. One Canadian Arctic expert calls it mind-boggling that Steve Podborski was chosen by the federal government to represent Canada at an event designed to honour researchers who have made a considerable contribution to Arctic studies and exploration. Last year, months before the Sochi Winter Games, Russia invited members of the Arctic Council - eight countries that have stakes in the Far North - to take part in an Olympic torch relay at the North Pole. The Russian Olympic Committee is seeking to finalize the list of torch bearers for the torch relay by they end of September 2013, said a September 12, 2013 memo by Morris Rosenberg, Canadas deputy minister of foreign affairs, to foreign minister John Baird. Russia has invited all Arctic Council states to delegate representatives to participate in the North Pole portion of the torch relay that Russia is organizing as part of the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi. Russia asks countries to propose an individual who has made a considerable contribution to Arctic studies and exploration. Russia planned to transport the torchbearers by nuclear icebreaker from Murmansk to the North Pole in late October. Other Arctic Council countries including Sweden, Finland and Norway had reacted positively to Russias request, Rosenberg wrote. In Canada, that decision was more difficult. Over the last few years, the government of Canada and prime minister Stephen Harper seem to have been ensnared in a 21st-century Cold War with scientists. The government has handcuffed publicly financed scientists from communicating with the public and with other scientists, according to newspapers including The New York Times. The showdown began in 2008 when Environment Canada ordered scientists to refer all questions from the public to communications officers. Since then, the government has monitored and restricted the distribution of information about everything from climate change to fisheries to the Alberta tar sands. A week before Rosenbergs memo, hundreds of scientists in white lab coats took to Parliament Hill to demand Harpers government stop the muzzling. The protest was one of many held across the country by an advocacy group called Evidence for Democracy. The Ottawa protest came after Canadas information commissiooner Suzanne Legault launched an investigation into the muzzling, saying she would investigate six federal departments. John Klingberg Jersey. . The federal government has disputed the claims of protestors, saying that scientists and experts are readily available to share their research with the public and the media. Still, consider the scientists other countries sent to the torch relay. Denmark sent Christian Marcussen, a chief scientist who works with the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland. Sweden sent Ylva Sjoberg, a doctoral student focusing on polar research at Stockholm University. Finland sent Lassie Neininen, a professor of arctic policy at the University of Lapland. Norway offered a pair of professors from Norways Arctic University, while Iceland sent Steingrimur Jonsson, a professor and scientist at the University of Akureyri. Canada sent Podborski, a bronze medalist at the 1980 Lake Placid Games and the first North American in 1982 to win a World Cup season title in the downhill. It would have been nice to see anyone who does science in the Arctic get that kind of exposure. I have no idea what Podborskis academic credentials are, said Pierre Fogal, a researcher at the University of Toronto who has studied the Arctic. He was a hell of a skier. But I know of at least 30 or 40 top-notch researchers who could have been filled that role. Im not at all surprised at this. its entirely in keeping with their approach. Its mind-boggling. The Canadian government seems to think science is okay but scientists arent. Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman John Babcock said the government decided the Canadian Olympic Committee, would be best placed to identify the most suitable candidate to participate in the North Pole Olympic torch relay. Babcock referred questions to the Canadian Olympic Committee. COC spokesman Marc-Andre Plouffe wrote in an emailed statement that Podborski was sent to the torch relay based on his immense contributions that he has an continues to make to the Olympic movement. This was a clear choice considering he was the chef de mission and the highest ranking sport official for Canadas Olympic team in Sochi. A COC source pointed out that Canada wasnt the only country to send an athlete to the North Pole torch relay. The United States sent Pat Pitney, who won gold in air rifle at the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles. 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