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Russell Martin helps Pirates walk off in 14th for ninth consecutive win

Milwaukee Brewers v Pittsburgh Pirates

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 28: Russell Martin #55 of the Pittsburgh Pirates is congratulated after scoring to give the Pirates a 7-3 lead in the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at PNC Park on May 14, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Vincent Pugliese/Getty Images)

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After a rain delay halted this afternoon’s series finale between the Pirates and Brewers by nearly two and a half hours, the two teams battled through 14 innings to decide a winner. The Pirates, entering the game with baseball’s best record, walked off in the bottom half of the 14th when Russell Martin snuck a ground ball up the middle, scoring Gaby Sanchez. The victory allowed the Pirates to maintain their MLB-best record at 51-30 and bolster their lead over the second-place Cardinals to two games.

Of all the improbable things that have happened so far -- Chris Davis getting to 30 home runs before July and Yasiel Puig logging 44 hits in his first 100 at-bats among them -- the Pirates emerging as baseball’s best team through the first three months has to top the list. However, the Pirates know well not to rest on their laurels after what happened in 2011.