Pinch-hitting Snider homers to put Pirates over Brewers in 4-3 victory
APMILWAUKEE -- Pinch-hitter Travis Snider homered in the ninth inning to lift Pittsburgh to a 4-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night that clinched the Pirates' first non-losing record in 21 seasons.
September 5, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
Snider drove a 2-2 pitch from Jim Henderson (3-5) over the wall in center for his second pinch-hit homer of the season. He also accomplished the feat against the Chicago Cubs on May 21.
It was victory No. 81 for Pittsburgh, ensuring it will not finish with a losing record for the first time since it went 96-66 in 1992. More importantly, it boosted the Pirates' lead in the NL Central to two games over St. Louis.
Vin Mazzaro (7-2) pitched two innings for the win and Mark Melancon got three outs for his 11th save, striking out Khris Davis with a runner on second to make it four straight wins for Pittsburgh at Miller Park for the first time since 2002. The Pirates lost 44 of 51 games in Milwaukee from 2007-2012.
Jean Segura had two hits and Jonathan Lucroy drove in two runs for Milwaukee, which has lost five in a row.
Reds 1, Cardinals 0 Speedy Billy Hamilton got his first major league steal and came around on Todd Frazier's double in the seventh inning, sending Cincinnati to the victory.
Hamilton made his big league debut as a pinch runner for Ryan Ludwick, who led off the seventh with a single against Seth Maness (5-2).
After Maness threw to first three times, Hamilton took off and beat catcher Yadier Molina's off-target throw. The touted prospect scored easily on Frazier's hit and got congratulatory slaps in the dugout.
Homer Bailey (10-10) allowed only two hits in seven innings, retiring his last 14 batters. Aroldis Chapman got three outs for his 34th save in 39 chances, completing the two-hitter.
The Cardinals were shut out for the third time in their last six games.
Dodgers 7, Rockies 4 Ricky Nolasco pitched six strong innings, Carl Crawford had three hits and the Dodgers earned their sixth consecutive win.
Crawford singled in a pair of runs in the second to spark the offense in the absence of injured catalyst Yasiel Puig. The Cuban slugger was rested a day after he aggravated a right knee strain.