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National League Game Summary - Atlanta at Pittsburgh



(Wednesday, August 20)

Final Score: Pittsburgh 3, Atlanta 2

Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Gaby Sanchez's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth helped the Pittsburgh Pirates snap a seven-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.

Jordy Mercer opened the ninth with a single off David Carpenter (4-3). Following a pop out by Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte reached on a fielding error by left fielder Justin Upton that put runners at second and third.

Sanchez wasted no time getting Pittsburgh back in the win column, sending a high drive out to center on the first pitch he saw that easily scored Mercer from third.

Mark Melancon (2-3) picked up the win for tossing a scoreless ninth inning.

Pittsburgh welcomed back starter Gerrit Cole to the rotation after the right- hander missed nearly two months with right lat soreness. Cole worked seven innings in the no-decision, allowing two runs on five hits with six strikeouts in his first action since July 4.

"I thought he pitched pretty well this evening," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said of Cole. "He had four pitches to go to, very efficient work. Really good to see him out on the mound."

Upton's single in the first plated Jason Heyward, who began the inning with a walk, to give the Braves an early lead.

With the bases loaded and one out in the sixth, Chris Johnson singled home Heyward, but Freddie Freeman was gunned down at the plate before Evan Gattis struck out to end the inning.

Atlanta starter Alex Wood held the Pirates scoreless through seven innings, however, the hosts got something going off the left-hander in the eighth.

Sanchez started the inning with a walk and Travis Snider chased Wood with a ground-rule double to right. Wood was charged with two runs on four hits in seven-plus innings.

Jordan Walden relieved Wood and got Stewart to ground out which allowed Sanchez to cross. Walden then unleashed a wild pitch that pushed Snider across to tie the game.

"You hate to lose a game like this because you had a lot of positive stuff," said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez.

Melancon capped a string of eight straight batters retired by the Pittsburgh bullpen with a perfect ninth inning to help snap Atlanta's five-game winning streak.

Game Notes

Andrew McCutchen, who went 0-for-4 in his return from missing two weeks with a fractured rib on Tuesday, went 0-for-4 on Wednesday ... Each team had five hits ... Atlanta continues its 10-game road trip with a four-game set against Cincinnati on Thursday ... Wood had a two-start winning streak snapped in the setback ... Snider was the only player in the game with multiple hits ... Atlanta went 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position, while the Bucs went 0- for-1 in those instances.

08/21 00:03:57 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 104
LAL 103
Final
GT 49
UNC 81
 
Half
CLEM 21
NCSU 20
 
Final
DET 15
BAL 2
 
Final
MIA 7
MIAFLA 1
 
Final
PHI 5
NYY 5
 
Final
BOS 2
NEASTERN 1
 
Final
TOR 7
PIT 8
 
Final
CIN 10
CLE 0
 
Final
OAK 9
SFG 4
 
Final
BOS 1
BOSTONCOLL 0
 
Final
ARI 4
ASU 0
 
Final
CLE 110
BOS 79
Final
CHA 104
LAL 103
Final
NYK 86
SAC 124
 
4th
ATL 102
HOU 96
 
4th
MEM 65
UTA 67
 
4th
CHI 74
WAS 67
 
2nd
DEN 34
MIL 38
 
Final
UMO 70
AKR 63
 
Final
NAVY 56
ARMY 52
 
Final
BST 60
EMICH 67
 
Final
BUT 54
GEOR 60
 
Final
IND 63
IOWA 77
 
Final
FLGC 81
JVU 63
 
Final
USCU 90
KNST 54
 
Final
BGU 80
KSU 81
 
Final
NKENTUCKY 73
LIP 76
 
Final
HC 62
GHND 45
 
Final
RUTG 50
MD 60
 
Final
GT 49
UNC 81
 
Final
BUF 93
OHIO 66
 
Final
ALA 74
MISS 82
 
Final
DAY 75
RIU 59
 
Final
CMICH 85
TOL 77
 
Final
DET 77
YOUNG 67
 
Final
UNF 81
STET 67
 
Final
ABCHRIST 83
HOUB 71
 
2nd
NDAK 78
NEOM 79
 
2nd
NILL 57
WMICH 56
 
2nd
ILLCH 58
WRST 57
 
1st
MIZZ 30
AUB 30
 
1st
UGA 22
KENT 21
 
Half
NW 27
MICH 34
 
Half
CLEM 21
NCSU 20
 
1st
UF 24
TEXAM 23
 
1st
KU 22
WVU 32
 
1st
CREI 16
VILL 12
 
Final
PHI 2
CAL 3
 
Final
NJD 3
NAS 1
Final
CLB 3
WAS 5
 
3rd
TAM 3
BUF 0
 
3rd
FLA 2
TOR 2
 
2nd Intermission
MIN 2
OTT 2
 
2nd
DAL 0
NYI 1
 
1st Intermission
ARI 0
ANA 1
 
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