NEW YORK -- Reliever Mark Melancon said his heart sunk. Second baseman Brandon Inge figured, thats it, two runs. Pedro Alvarez watched from third base and tossed his head back, disappointed. Still, Inge tracked Lucas Dudas scorching grounder up the first-base line and Melancon broke for the bag. Good thing, too. The baseball struck first base and shot straight up in the air, maybe 20 feet. With Duda lumbering down the line, Inge ranged behind first and took a small hop to catch the ball. He then whipped a throw to Melancon for the final out of the eighth inning, possibly saving two runs and helping Pittsburgh beat the New York Mets 3-2 Sunday. "Inge stayed with the play, Melancon finished his route right to the bag, and we get the out," Pirates manager Hurdle said. "Our guys didnt quit once maybe a little adversity was thrown at them." Alvarez hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the top of the eighth against New Yorks overworked bullpen. Clint Barmes homered, Garrett Jones had a sacrifice fly and Jeanmar Gomez left with a lead against young ace Matt Harvey as the Pirates finished the four-game series with their third straight win. Mets relievers had pitched 13 innings over the previous three games, so manager Terry Collins was looking for another deep effort from Harvey in his 18th big league start following a nine-inning, one-hit gem on Tuesday. Harvey went seven, lifted for a pinch-hitter with the score 2-all. Scott Rice (1-2) walked Pirates slugger Andrew McCutchen with one out in the eighth before Brandon Lyon walked pinch-hitter Gaby Sanchez. Lyon struck out pinch-hitter Jose Tabata, then gave way to closer Bobby Parnell. Alvarez, who played high school ball in New York City, singled to left-centre for a 3-2 lead. "Its always good to come back home and have a good series," said Alvarez, who was 6 for 11 against the Mets to raise his average above .200 for the first time since the opening week of the season. "Its icing on the cake." The Mets had an opportunity in the eighth against Melancon, putting runners on first and third with one out. Ike Davis struck out as David Wright swiped second -- New Yorks fourth stolen base of the day -- before Duda hit the wicked grounder. When Inge caught the ball, he made a strong throw to Melancon, drawing gasps from many of the 28,404 in attendance. "I assumed the worst," Inge said. "Threw a bullet to him. At that point I figured it was a make-or-break play -- the catch was on him." Melancon threw his arms up in the air after stepping on first, not in celebration but to show the umpires he had caught it. Melancon said the ball skipped off the heel of his glove, rolled up his arm and across his chest before grabbing it with his bare hand. "I dont remember seeing the ball," Melancon said of Inges throw. Said Duda: "Anything could happen in that situation. You didnt know which way it was going to ricochet or whats going to happen. But it is what it is." Jason Grilli had a much easier time in the ninth, finishing with a perfect inning for his 15th straight save to start the season. Gomez gave the Pirates another solid start in place of injured James McDonald, yielding one run in five innings. He said he came out after five because of tightness in his right calf. He expects to be fine for his next start. Unlike Gomezs previous outing, when five relievers combined to finish the victory, Pittsburghs bullpen gave up the lead in the seventh on Mike Baxters looping single off Justin Wilson (3-0) that tied it at 2. The Mets finished their homestand 2-4 and were 7 for 40 with runners in scoring position -- including 1 for 7 on Sunday. "You talk about how were snake bit, but thats just part of the game," Collins said. "Whats the next thing thats going to keep us from having a big game? But we won two games on this homestand by getting a couple of big hits. Weve just got to start hitting with guys in scoring position like we did early and we did last year in the first half." Collins tried to jolt his lineup by restoring slumping sluggers Ike Davis and Duda back into the middle of the order, and the move paid quick dividends when Duda homered to centre field. He ran around the bases in his pink spikes on Mothers Day as New York went up 1-0. But the no-nonsense Harvey appeared out of sorts from the start -- maybe it was Buck using pink stick-ons on his fingernails rather than the usual white to make pitch signs more easily readable. Relying more heavily on his slider and curveball than a fastball that reaches 98 mph, Harvey gave up two runs in the third, and it couldve been worse if Juan Lagares hadnt made a sensational catch in centre field. After Barmes led off with his second homer of the season, Gomez hit a sinking liner and Lagares reached low to get his glove on the ball, which popped out as he stumbled forward. Lagares momentum carried him into a dive and he made the catch -- for good -- as he fell to the turf. Harvey then loaded the bases on two walks sandwiched around a single. Jones hit a sacrifice fly for a 2-1 lead and Jordy Mercer popped out to end the inning. NOTES: Pittsburgh improved to 6-13 at Citi Field since it opened in 2009. ... Pirates RHP Charlie Morton (elbow surgery) is scheduled to make a rehab start Thursday at Double-A Altoona. He is targeted to throw four innings and 65 pitches. ... Pirates RHP Jeff Karstens (shoulder inflammation) is set to make a rehab start in the Class A Florida State League on Monday. He is slated to throw 50 pitches and three innings. Nike Air Max Suomi . Only three players drafted by NHL clubs were included on the Czech selection camp roster on Wednesday. Those players were Dallas Stars 2012 first-rounder Radek Faksa, Winnipeg Jets 2013 fourth-rounder Jan Kostalek and Phoenix Coyotes 2012 seventh-rounder Marek Langhamer. Myydään Nike Air Max . U.S. District Judge Lorna G. Schofield in Manhattan agreed that lawyers on both sides could make their formal requests by Nov. 8. A hearing is scheduled for a day earlier. Jordan Siev, a lawyer for Rodriguez, wrote in a joint letter to the judge from lawyers on both sides that MLB lawyers planned to ask that the lawsuit be dismissed. http://www.airmaxsuomi.com/ . -- Bryant McKinnie came out of his stance and lowered his shoulder into a practice squad player, causing a crisp thud to reverberate in the Miami Dolphins practice bubble. Nike Air Max Lenkkarit . The winner Saturday will remain in the elite 10-team field next year. "We talked about wanting to be disciplined and stick with our game plan and good things will come," Draisaitl said, who had two goals for the victors. Nike Air Max Kengät . Pirlo limped out of Sundays 1-0 win over Udinese after just 13 minutes. Juventus says Pirlo underwent tests on Monday which revealed he has "a second-degree lesion to the collateral medial ligament in his right knee. AUBURN, Ala. -- The Auburn Tigers are again 4-2 and showing signs of a turnaround going into the Arkansas game.The No. 21 Tigers are trying to avoid a repeat of last seasons deflating outcome Saturday against the No. 17 Razorbacks. They lost that game 54-46 in four overtimes to start a 1-4 finishing swoon in Southeastern Conference games.Auburn (4-2, 1-1) rides a three-game winning streak into the rematch, including SEC West victories over LSU and Mississippi State.The defense has been consistently solid and the once-struggling offense has come to life in beating Louisiana-Monroe and the Bulldogs by a combined 96-21. The Tigers entered the Top 25 before last weeks open date, but recent history proves its way too early to proclaim this a successful season.The good thing about this team is our leadership is very strong, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. The leadership will definitely keep everybody grounded. Theyre on a mission. They really helped us through the tough times. There were no chinks in our armor, and it really starts with our leaders. Theyve got a good pulse for our team. Our younger guys really listen to them.And the offense, especially, is full of younger guys. Underclassmen have accounted for 88 percent of the Tigers offensive yards during the first half of the season, led by a trio of sophomores -- quarterback Sean White and tailbacks Kamryn Pettway and Kerryon Johnson.Theyve helped lead a turnaround since a 1-2 start that included competitive losses to No. 4 Clemson and No. 6 Texas A&M.Malzahn has since handed over play calling duties to offensive coordiinator Rhett Lashlee, with positive results so far.dddddddddddd. He said the Tigers have improved quite a bit since the Texas A&M loss.The defense has gone three straight games without allowing a rushing touchdown for the first time since 2008. White has completed 77 percent of his passes over the past three games, stabilizing the offense and his own status as the No. 1 quarterback. Malzahn played three quarterbacks early in the season opener against Clemson.But now come two bigger tests -- the Razorbacks ( 5-2, 1-2) and at No. 23 Mississippi. Auburn could emerge as an SEC West contender or a team scrambling to secure a winning record like last year.White sustained a knee injury against Arkansas but led a last-minute drive toward a tying field goal in the fourth quarter to force overtime. Not pulling that game out still makes me mad, Malzahn said.Its one of several close games Malzahn and Auburn players could point to during the offseason as a key to reversing the Tigers fortunes.That was kind of one of our messages during the summer is finish games like that, guard Alex Kozan said. Find a way to put ourselves over the edge and win those games.NOTE: The open date allowed injured players like center Xavier Dampeer and Johnson to heal from ankle injuries. Dampeer has missed the past two games. Johnson was limited to three carries against Mississippi State but is practicing this week.---AP college football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org ' ' '