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Correia, Pirates Best Braves

Pittsburgh wins consecutive games against Atlanta

October 3, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Kevin Correia pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Garrett Jones homered and the Pittsburgh Pirates won consecutive games for the first time in four weeks, beating the Atlanta Braves 5-1 Tuesday night.

A day after being eliminated from the NL East division title race, the wild-card Braves rested several regulars and shuffled players in and out of the lineup throughout the game. Atlanta will play host to the NL wild-card game Friday.

The Pirates (79-82) tied for their most victories in a season since their North American major professional sports record streak of 20 losing seasons began in 1993. The 1999 Pirates went 79-83.

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Pittsburgh’s Starling Marte (6) scores from third on a ground out by Andrew McCutchen (22) during the first inning Tuesday in Pittsburgh.

Starling Marte had three hits and scored twice for Pittsburgh, which previously won two straight games Sept. 4-5. The Pirates faded in the second half, ending their run at a playoff spot.

A free agent in the offseason, Correia (12-11) perhaps made his final start after two seasons with Pittsburgh, matching a career high in victories each season. He allowed six hits and one walk and had five strikeouts.

Jones' homer was his 27th. He also homered in his previous game Sunday.

After Pittsburgh took a 2-0 lead with single runs in the first and second innings off Tommy Hanson (13-10), Atlanta got its lone run in the fourth when Juan Francisco doubled in Lyle Overbay.

Jones' homer in the fifth came with Alex Presley on base and made it 5-1.

In what might have been his final appearance of the season, Hanson - no lock for the playoff roster - allowed five runs on nine hits in six innings.

Hanson, who struck out six, went almost two months between victories before a strong outing in his previous start.

The Braves have scored a total of 11 runs in their past five games.

 
 

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