Pirates bury Reds, advance in NL playoffs

7:17 AM, Oct 3, 2013   |    comments
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PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Pirates enjoyed playing their first postseason game in 21 years so much, they'll get another chance to play October baseball.

The Pirates eliminated the Cincinnati Reds 6-2 in a one-game wild-card playoff. They now get to play NL Central champion St. Louis in the best-of-five National League division series starting Thursday. The Pirates were 10-9 against the Cards this season.

The Pirates got on the board first with solo home runs from Marlon Byrd and Russell Martin in the second inning. Martin added a second round-tripper in the seventh inning for insurance. It's the Pirates' first postseason victory since 1992.

Pirates' 16-game winner Francisco Liriano (leer-ee-AH'-noh) stymied the Reds on the mound. He retired the first nine batters he faced and held the Reds to one run on four hits in his seven innings. Reds starter Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh) was hit hard. He allowed four runs on seven hits in his three and a-third innings.

The American League wild-card game is Wednesday night in Cleveland as the Indians play host to Tampa Bay, which beat Texas Monday night in the wild-card play-in game.


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