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Friday, June 17, 2011

HOUSTON — For a few minutes Thursday, Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen had a 15-game hitting streak.

McCutchen singled in the sixth inning of a 5-4 win against the Houston Astros. A little while later, though, Major League Baseball announced it overturned a scoring decision from the Pirates' June 11 game against the New York Mets, changing a McCutchen double to an error and wiping out the streak.

"Oh, well," McCutchen said. "We won. That's all that matters. ... I'm all right with it as long as we're winning."

Official scorer Tony Krizmanich gave McCutchen a double on a third-inning grounder down the third base line at PNC Park. The play now goes down as a two-base error by Mets third baseman Daniel Murphy, the two runs that scored are unearned, and McCutchen loses two RBI.

Mets manager Terry Collins protested Krizmanich's call after the game. The Pirates defended the original ruling. MLB's review board of four executives and one former player ruled unanimously in the Mets' favor.

McCutchen went hitless in his three other at-bats in the game. As a result, his hitting streak ended that day at 10 games.

"That's the disappointing part," manager Clint Hurdle said. "But Andrew is going to have another 15-game hitting streak. He's going to do good things — great things — in this game. Things work out for those who are conscientious, who honor and respect the game, which he does. I'm sure he's disappointed, but we'll move on from it."

In the sixth inning Thursday, the Pirates' Garrett Jones reached base on what was scored an error by Astros outfielder Michael Bourn. The ball landed in shallow center field, and Bourn dived trying to make a catch. McCutchen, who was on second base, scored, but Jones did not get an RBI.

Hurdle said the Pirates will contact the commissioner's office to challenge the ruling by Astros official scorer Rick Blount.

"(Bourn) did dive for the ball, and everybody saw where the ball hit," Hurdle said. "We'll call. We'll ask and see what they say."

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