By NATE BARNES
PITTSBURGH - Justin Upton dropped a routine fly ball to left-centerfield in the ninth inning which set the stage for Gaby Sanchez's game-winning sacrifice fly that capped a late-inning comeback as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Wednesday night.
Pittsburgh starting pitcher Gerrit Cole throws a pitch during the Pirates 3-2 victory against Atlanta.
David Carpenter (4-4) took the loss after allowing an unearned run to cross. Jordy Mercer led off with a single and Starling Marte's fly ball to left-center advanced him to third, where Mercer tagged up on Sanchez's flyout.
Pittsburgh's win snapped a seven-game losing streak, and ended Atlanta's five-game winning streak.
Upton drove in a run with a single in the first inning after Jason Heyward walked and Freddie Freeman singled. Upton's single extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
After allowing a double to Evan Gattis leading off the second, Pittsburgh right-hander Gerrit Cole retired the next 12 batters he faced before Heyward singled in the sixth.
Heyward scored again on a RBI single by Chris Johnson for a 2-0 Atlanta lead, and finished 1 for 3 with a walk and two runs scored.
Josh Harrison led off the first with a double, but was picked off by Atlanta left-hander Alex Wood. He was ruled out on a replay-review that overturned a safe call on Alex Wood's throw over.
Pittsburgh didn't place another man in scoring position until the eighth inning when Wood issued a walk to Sanchez and Travis Snider doubled before Wood recorded an out.
Jordan Walden entered and allowed each of his inherited runners to score. Chris Stewart brought Sanchez home with a RBI groundout to first base and Snider scored on a wild pitch as Walden walked Neil Walker.
Snider was the only player with a multi-hit game, going 2 for 3 and extending his hitting streak to 11 games.
Cole lasted through seven and gave up two runs, five hits and four walks and struck out six. Wood threw seven-plus and allowed two runs, four hits and a walk.
Mark Melancon (2-3) worked a 1-2-3 ninth to earn a win.