Andrew McCutchen drove in two runs against the Padres on Sunday. (AP photo / August 12, 2012)
PITTSBURGH (AP) â" At the end of his memorable day, second baseman Neil Walker was much more interested in talking about his double-play partner.
âHeâs one of the best teammates Iâve ever had,â Walker said. âHeâs helped me a lot and he has helped this team a lot by playing great defense. It was good to see him come up with the big hit.â
Walker homered and doubled as the Pirates overcame an early 5-0 deficit and ended San Diegoâs six-game winning streak. The Padres had won 11 in a row at Pittsburgh dating to 2009.
âIt was the biggest home run of my career,â Barmes said. âIâve never hit a grand slam before and it came in a big situation when we needed something big to happen. If felt good, really good. I was excited.â
Walker had the third five-hit game of his career and second this season, the other coming July 8 against San Francisco.
However, Walker was much happier for Barmes, who has struggled offensively all season after signing a $10.5-million, two-year contract in the offseason as a free agent. He is hitting just .217 after going 2 for 5.
Barmes hadnât committed an error in 34 straight games until making two in the first four innings before redeeming himself with the grand slam.
Pittsburgh stopped a three-game skid. On Friday night, San Diego rallied from six runs down for a 9-8 victory over the Pirates.