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Pirates 5, Braves 4

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ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves still have hopes of making it back to the playoffs, but the schedule doesn't look very favorable the rest of the way.

Twenty-two of the last 36 games are at home.

Freddy Sanchez hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning to hand Atlanta another loss at Turner Field, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates past the Braves 5-4 Wednesday night.

Jason Bay also homered for the Pirates, who won two of three in Atlanta after coming into the series with baseball's worst record on the road. They won only their third series away from PNC Park, having lost 17 and split another.

The Pirates won two straight at Turner Field for the first time since Aug. 12-13, 1997, which was also was their last series win in Atlanta.

"I didn't know about that," said Pittsburgh starter Ian Snell. "I was still in high school then."

Of course, this is hardly the same Atlanta team that came into the season with a record 14 straight division titles and is on pace for its worst home record since 1989 -- two years before the streak began. The Braves dropped to 26-33 at Turner Field, the majors' second-worst home record.

Atlanta failed to make up ground on wild-card leader Cincinnati, remaining 6½ back with all those home games remaining.

"You've got to look at it as a negative right now, just by the numbers," said Adam LaRoche, who homered for the Braves. "We're better on the road for some reason. Why that is, no one knows."

Suburban Atlanta native Matt Capps (4-1) struck out Matt Diaz with the bases loaded to end the sixth and wound up with the win when Sanchez homered off Chad Paronto (1-1) with two outs in the seventh, snapping a 4-all tie.

Mike Gonzalez struck out the side in the ninth for his 23rd save in as many chances.

Atlanta's Chipper Jones hit the 350th homer of his career to tie Chili Davis for the third-most by a switch-hitter in baseball history. Only Mickey Mantle (536) and Eddie Murray (504) have more.

"Pretty cool," Jones said. "When I started my career, I wanted to be up there with Mickey Mantle and Eddie Murray. Those were my two idols, two guys that I tried to model myself after. I've still got a long way to go to catch up to them, but at least I can say for a while I was third."

Bay led off the second with his 28th homer, and the Pirates made it 2-0 in the fourth on Bay's run-scoring double. That began a stretch of four straight innings in which Pittsburgh scored, but they squandered several chances for a bigger lead against Atlanta starter Tim Hudson.

Jose Castillo grounded into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the fourth. Sanchez did the same with runners at first and third in the fifth. The weak-hitting Snell struck out to end the sixth with runners at second and third.

Hudson, still recovering from a respiratory bug going through the Braves clubhouse, was lifted after his final escape act. He gave up eight hits, walked two and threw 93 pitches.

The Pirates caught a big break in the fourth when Jack Wilson was called safe by second base umpire Larry Vanover, even though the television replays clearly that a throw from shortstop Edgar Renteria for the force beat the runner. Wilson wound up scoring.

Snell gave up only three baserunners through the first five innings, but the Braves made their hits count.

In the fourth, Jones homered over the center-field wall to cut the Pirates' lead to 2-1. LaRoche went deep the next inning, driving it over the right-field wall to bring the Braves within 3-2.

After Pittsburgh made it 4-2 in the sixth on Castillo's sacrifice fly, Atlanta knocked out Snell in the bottom half. Brian McCann, mired in an 0-for-11 slump, went the opposite way for a two-out, run-scoring single. Free-swinging Jeff Francoeur loaded the bases by working hard for a rare walk, fouling off two straight 3-2 pitches before taking ball four.

The Pirates called on lefty John Grabow to face LaRoche, who took four straight balls to force in the tying run. But Capps struck out Diaz to end the inning, drawing cheers from a hometown contingent that made the short drive from Douglasville, just west of Atlanta.

Notes

LaRoche has three homers off Snell this month, hitting two in Atlanta's 4-2 win at Pittsburgh on Aug. 1. ... The Pirates are 17-48 on the road.

 
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Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

J. Bay
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Atlanta

A. LaRoche
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Pittsburgh Pirates
Chris Duffy, CF5011010 .210
Jack Wilson, SS3110110 .274
Freddy Sanchez, 3B4111001 .347
Jason Bay, LF4122010 .294
Xavier Nady, 1B4110032 .277
Ronny Paulino, C3010110 .310
Jose Castillo, 2B3001011 .266
Jose Bautista, RF4120000 .253
Ian Snell, P2000012 .073
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
    Matt Capps, P0000000 .000
    Salomon Torres, P0000000 .250
   a- Ryan Doumit, PH1000000 .211
    Rajai Davis, PR0000000 .000
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
Totals33595296 
a-grounded out for Torres in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jason Bay (24, Hudson), Jose Bautista 2 (16, Hudson, Hudson)
3B - Chris Duffy (2, Hudson)
HR - Freddy Sanchez (6, Paronto), Jason Bay (28, Hudson)
SF - Jose Castillo (5)
SH - Ian Snell (8)
RBI - Chris Duffy (8), Freddy Sanchez (66), Jason Bay 2 (89), Jose Castillo (57)
2-OUT RBI - Freddy Sanchez (26)
CS - Rajai Davis (1, 2nd base by Ray/Pratt)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - J. Wilson-Nady
Pittsburgh Pirates
Ian Snell 5.2544262 4.58
John Grabow (BS,1)0000100 4.02
Matt Capps (W,4-1) 1100010 3.63
Salomon Torres (H,19) 1.1000100 3.95
Mike Gonzalez (S,23) 1000030 2.21
Pitches-Strikes - Ian Snell 95-62, John Grabow 4-0, Matt Capps 11-8, Salomon Torres 16-10, Mike Gonzalez 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Snell 5-6, Matt Capps 1-1, Salomon Torres 3-0
Batters Faced - Ian Snell 24, John Grabow 1, Matt Capps 4, Salomon Torres 4, Mike Gonzalez 3
Atlanta Braves
Martin Prado, 2B3000001 .308
Edgar Renteria, SS4110011 .299
Chipper Jones, 3B4111002 .323
Andruw Jones, CF3100100 .266
Brian McCann, C3011110 .337
    Tony Pena, PR0000000 .095
    Todd Pratt, C0000000 .190
Jeff Francoeur, RF3000121 .257
Adam LaRoche, 1B3112120 .273
Matt Diaz, LF4010023 .339
Tim Hudson, P1000010 .083
    Chad Paronto, P0000000 .000
   a- Pete Orr, PH1010000 .250
    Tyler Yates, P0000000 .000
    Ken Ray, P0000000 .000
   b- Marcus Giles, PH1000010 .266
Totals304644108 
a-singled for Paronto in the 7th
b-struck out for Ray in the 9th
Batting
HR - Chipper Jones (19, Snell), Adam LaRoche (26, Snell)
SH - Martin Prado (2), Tim Hudson (13)
RBI - Chipper Jones (68), Brian McCann (63), Adam LaRoche 2 (70)
2-OUT RBI - Brian McCann (34), Adam LaRoche (23)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Jones-LaRoche, Renteria-Prado-LaRoche
E - Martin Prado (1, )
Atlanta Braves
Tim Hudson 6844251 4.82
Chad Paronto (L,1-1) 1111001 2.64
Tyler Yates 1000030 4.32
Ken Ray 1000010 3.95
IBB - Paulino by Tim Hudson
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 93-64, Chad Paronto 21-12, Tyler Yates 13-10, Ken Ray 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 8-4, Chad Paronto 3-0, Ken Ray 1-1
Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 27, Chad Paronto 4, Tyler Yates 3, Ken Ray 3
Game Information
Attendance - 23082
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Charlie Reliford, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Greg Gibson