Bucco Bizarro! Pirates swipe 3 runs, Mets bat fair ball foul

Pittsburgh Pirates' Gregory Polanco, left, scores past New York Mets starting pitcher Taijuan Walker, right, and catcher Tomas Nido on an infield hit by Kevin Newman and a fielding error during the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, July 18, 2021. Three runs scored on the fielding error by Walker. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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Pittsburgh Pirates' Gregory Polanco, left, scores past New York Mets starting pitcher Taijuan Walker, right, and catcher Tomas Nido on an infield hit by Kevin Newman and a fielding error during the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, July 18, 2021. Three runs scored on the fielding error by Walker. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Credit: Gene J. Puskar

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Now this was Bucco Bizarro at its best

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Now this was Bucco Bizarro at its best.

The Pittsburgh Pirates swiped three runs Sunday when Mets pitcher Taijuan Walker mistakenly batted a fair ball into foul territory, prompting a wild argument in which New York manager Luis Rojas was ejected.

With the bases loaded and one out in the first inning, Kevin Newman hit a dribbler down the third base line. The ball started out in foul territory, but then began spinning back toward the line.

Walker swooped in and swatted at the ball, trying to make contact while it was still in foul ground. But TV replays showed the ball was touching the chalk when Walker hit it, and plate umpire Jeremy Riggs correctly called it a fair ball.

The ball rolled toward the Pirates dugout and the Mets did not react to retrieve it as all three Pittsburgh runners took off and came around to score.

Rojas immediately ran out to argue the call and was quickly ejected. Walker was charged with an error on the play, while Newman was credited with a single and one RBI.

Walker, in his first outing since pitching in the All-Star Game on Tuesday night, then walked pitcher JT Brubaker and was pulled from the game. He allowed six runs on four hit and four walks while recording just one out.

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New York Mets manager Luis Rojas, center, makes his point to umpire Jeremy Riggs (112) with catcher Tomas Nido, left rear, and starting pitcher Taijuan Walker, right rear, looking on during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Sunday, July 18, 2021. Rojas was ejected from the game. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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New York Mets manager Luis Rojas, center, makes his point to umpire Jeremy Riggs (112) with catcher Tomas Nido, left rear, and starting pitcher Taijuan Walker, right rear, looking on during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Sunday, July 18, 2021. Rojas was ejected from the game. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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Pittsburgh Pirates' Gregory Polanco (25) celebrates with John Nogowski after both scored on an infield hit by Kevin Newman and a fielding error during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets in Pittsburgh, Sunday, July 18, 2021. Three runs scored on the play. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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Pittsburgh Pirates' Gregory Polanco (25) celebrates with John Nogowski after both scored on an infield hit by Kevin Newman and a fielding error during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets in Pittsburgh, Sunday, July 18, 2021. Three runs scored on the play. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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Pittsburgh Pirates' Kevin Newman hits an infield single off New York Mets starting pitcher Taijuan Walker during the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, July 18, 2021. Three runs scored on the single and a fielding error by New York Mets starting pitcher Taijuan Walker. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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Pittsburgh Pirates' Kevin Newman hits an infield single off New York Mets starting pitcher Taijuan Walker during the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, July 18, 2021. Three runs scored on the single and a fielding error by New York Mets starting pitcher Taijuan Walker. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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New York Mets starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (99) hands the ball to bench coach Dave Jauss (58), who took over managing duties after manager Luis Rojas was ejected, during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Sunday, July 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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New York Mets starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (99) hands the ball to bench coach Dave Jauss (58), who took over managing duties after manager Luis Rojas was ejected, during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Sunday, July 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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New York Mets manager Luis Rojas, left, is separated from umpire Jeremy Riggs (112) by umpire crew chief Larry Vanover, center, during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Sunday, July 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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New York Mets manager Luis Rojas, left, is separated from umpire Jeremy Riggs (112) by umpire crew chief Larry Vanover, center, during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Sunday, July 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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New York Mets starting pitcher Taijuan Walker collects himself on the mound after committing a fielding error on a ball hit by Pittsburgh Pirates' Kevin Newman during the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, July 18, 2021. Three runs scored.d (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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New York Mets starting pitcher Taijuan Walker collects himself on the mound after committing a fielding error on a ball hit by Pittsburgh Pirates' Kevin Newman during the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, July 18, 2021. Three runs scored.d (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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New York Mets starting pitcher Taijuan Walker walks to the dugout after being taken out in the bottom of the first inning after giving up six runs during a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Sunday, July 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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New York Mets starting pitcher Taijuan Walker walks to the dugout after being taken out in the bottom of the first inning after giving up six runs during a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Sunday, July 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Credit: Gene J. Puskar

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