National League Game Summary - Atlanta at Pittsburgh|
(Tuesday, October 2nd)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 5, Atlanta 1
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Garrett Jones hit a two-run home run and
Starling Marte finished with three hits and two runs scored, as the Pittsburgh
Pirates took down the Atlanta Braves, 5-1, in the middle test of a three-game
Alex Presley, Andrew McCutchen and Clint Barmes added an RBI apiece for the
Pirates, who have taken the first two in the series.
Kevin Correia (12-11) scattered six hits and one run over 6 2/3 innings,
fanning five and walking only one batter.
"Relief. You don't want to go into the offseason with a bad one, because you
just think about it for weeks and weeks," Correia said when asked about how he
felt in his last start of 2012. "So it was nice to end the year with a good
Jose Constanza hit safely twice and Juan Francisco added an RBI double for the
Braves, who have lost three of five will face St. Louis as their wild
card opponent on Friday.
Tommy Hanson (13-10) was tagged for five runs on nine hits over six full
Doubles by Lyle Overbay and Francisco in the Atlanta fourth cut the visitors'
deficit in half at 2-1, but the Bucs locked up the game in the fifth as
Presley doubled home Marte and Jones followed with a two-run shot to right for
a 5-1 score.
"My command was there at times and then I lost it," Hanson admitted of his
uneven performance. "I think that was the biggest thing."
Correia exited with two down in the seventh after pinch-hitter Reed Johnson
singled. Justin Wilson entered and served up a bloop single to Eric Hinske
that was initially misplayed by McCutchen, but the center fielder recovered
and threw out Johnson at home to end the frame.
Chris Resop tossed a scoreless eighth, then Bryan Morris retired the side in
order in the ninth.
Marte scored the game's first run, doubling to begin the home first and
scoring thanks to a pair of ground outs.
Josh Harrison was hit by a pitch with two down in the second, stole second,
then scored on a Barmes single to give the hosts a 2-0 edge.
Pittsburgh won its 79th game of the season, the most in one campaign since
1999 ... Prior to the game, the Braves announced that Tim Hudson will be
bumped from his planned start in Wednesday's season finale in favor of Ben
Sheets, as Hudson is likely to get the nod for Game 1 of the NLDS if the club
advances past the wild card game ... Sheets will then retire following his
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