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Pirates rally to beat Braves 3-2

By NATE BARNES
Associated Press
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PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates were looking for a way to break their seven-game losing skid.

They got a little help when Justin Upton dropped a routine fly ball to left-centerfield in the ninth 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.

''We try to pride ourselves on not being surprised by success,'' manager Clint Hurdle said. ''To get the two to tie it up then some help and to win, yeah, it's a real nice shot in the arm.''

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.

''We make that play 99 1-2 out of 100 times,'' Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said about the outfield error.

The Pirates now have 32 comeback wins in 2014, accounting for nearly half of their 65 wins overall.

''We don't ever feel like we're down.'' Sanchez said. ''It doesn't matter if we're down by four or five. We can still come back and win a ball game.''

Pittsburgh's victory 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 in his first start since July 4.

''The location certainly got better as the game went on,'' Cole said. ''We were just able to put our foot down when we needed to and to come back and grab a couple runs at the end was big.''

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.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: SS Andrelton Simmons (hip) started for the Braves after he was removed from Tuesday's game. ... RHP Shae Simmons (right shoulder soreness) is shut down for the near future after he felt soreness following his second rehab outing with Triple-A Gwinnett.

Pirates: RHP Charlie Morton (hip) says his injury is a sports hernia. He was placed on the disabled list Monday, retroactive to Aug. 16, with what the team called right hip inflammation. Hurdle said the plan is to ''try to calm the hip down.'' Morton will likely see a doctor soon and a return-to-pitch program for this season is still a possibility.

ON DECK

Braves: Atlanta continues its road trip with a three-game series at Great American Ballpark against the Cincinnati Reds. RHP Julio Teheran (11-9, 3.06 ERA looks for his first career win against the Reds and LHP David Holmberg (0-0, 16.88 ERA)

Pirates: Pittsburgh receives an off-day Thursday as the Pirates travel to Milwaukee for a three-game set over the weekend with their division-rival Brewers. LHP Jeff Locke (4-3, 3.73 ERA) matches up with RHP Yovani Gallardo (8-6, 3.32 ERA) Friday night, who Locke previously lost a decision to June 8 at PNC Park when the Brewers won 1-0.

 
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Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

G. Sanchez
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
Atlanta

A. Wood
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 2
BB 1
K 4
 
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Jason Heyward, RF3210111.269.352.390
Andrelton Simmons, SS3000011.250.297.343
Freddie Freeman, 1B3010110.296.387.490
Justin Upton, LF3011100.287.364.520
Chris Johnson, 3B4011011.274.298.381
Evan Gattis, C4010012.277.329.516
Tommy La Stella, 2B3000001.270.347.340
   Phil Gosselin, 2B1000000.278.278.361
B.J. Upton, CF2000101.208.279.330
Alex Wood, P2000021.071.133.071
   Jordan Walden, P0000000.000.000.000
   David Carpenter, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals2825247    
Batting
2B - Jason Heyward (20, Cole), Evan Gattis (16, Cole)
SH - Andrelton Simmons (2), Alex Wood (5)
RBI - Justin Upton (81), Chris Johnson (54)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Simmons-Freeman
E - Justin Upton (7, Dropped fly)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Alex Wood 7422140 3.05
Jordan Walden (BS,1) 1000110 2.23
David Carpenter (L,4-3) 0.2110000 3.69
WP - Jordan Walden (7)
Pitches-Strikes - Alex Wood 98-64, Jordan Walden 11-12, David Carpenter 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alex Wood 9-6, Jordan Walden 2-0
Batters Faced - Alex Wood 24, Jordan Walden 4, David Carpenter 4
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Josh Harrison, 3B4010001.304.341.484
Jordy Mercer, SS4110000.263.311.380
Andrew McCutchen, CF4000011.305.404.526
Starling Marte, LF4000010.271.343.426
Gaby Sanchez, 1B2111100.233.300.400
Travis Snider, RF3120001.277.346.451
Chris Stewart, C3001002.282.365.309
Jayson Nix, 2B2000000.133.188.173
   a-Neil Walker, PH-2B0000100.276.346.457
Gerrit Cole, P2000020.222.276.222
   Tony Watson, P0000000.333.333.333
   b-Gregory Polanco, PH1000011.244.311.354
   Mark Melancon, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals2935225    
a-walked (wild pitch) for Nix in the 8th
b-struck out for Watson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Josh Harrison (26, Wood), Travis Snider (9, Wood)
SF - Gaby Sanchez (2)
RBI - Gaby Sanchez (27), Chris Stewart (7)
PK - Josh Harrison (1, Wood)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Travis Snider 1
DP - Mercer-Nix-G. Sanchez
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Gerrit Cole 7522460 3.69
Tony Watson 1000000 1.81
Mark Melancon (W,2-3) 1000010 2.24
IBB - Freeman by Gerrit Cole
WP - Gerrit Cole (7)
Pitches-Strikes - Gerrit Cole 97-61, Tony Watson 8-6, Mark Melancon 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gerrit Cole 9-4, Tony Watson 1-2, Mark Melancon 2-0
Batters Faced - Gerrit Cole 28, Tony Watson 3, Mark Melancon 3
Game Information
Attendance - 26581
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Victor Carapazza