Pirates power home with 6 slams against Reds
APCINCINNATI -- Neil Walker hit two of Pittsburgh's six homers — its biggest power surge in six years — and the Pirates clinched home-field advantage for the NL's wild card playoff game by beating the Cincinnati Reds 8-3 on Saturday.
September 30, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
Pittsburgh will host the Reds on Tuesday night in the Pirates' first playoff appearance in 21 years. They went 50-31 at PNC Park, the third-best home record in the NL.
Pittsburgh hit five homers off Bronson Arroyo (14-12), who had never given up that many in a game in his career. Walker homered twice off the right-hander, Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez also hit solo homers, and Marlon Byrd had a two-run shot that ended Arroyo's outing in the fifth and made it 6-3.
Prospect Andrew Lambo hit his first homer off Logan Ondrusek, the first time the Pirates had six in a game since Aug. 22, 2007 at Colorado.
Pirates starter Charlie Morton also struggled, leaving with one out and the bases loaded in the fifth. Vin Mazzaro (8-2) fanned Zack Cozart and retired Ryan Hanigan on a fly ball as the slumping Reds left the bases loaded for the second time in the game.
Cardinals 6, Cubs 2 Adam Wainwright earned his 19th victory in a tuneup for the NL division series opener and St. Louis showed no letup after clinching the NL Central, beating Chicago for its fifth straight win.
Matt Holliday homered for the second day in a row and Yadier Molina drove in two runs for St. Louis (96-65).
Wainwright (19-9) allowed two hits in shutout 5 1-3 innings and tied for the league lead in victories with Washington's Jordan Zimmermann, who lost his last scheduled start Wednesday in St. Louis.
Seth Maness earned his first career save by getting Darwin Barney on a double-play ball.
Edwin Jackson (8-18) allowed six runs and eight hits in 2 2-3 innings before leaving with mild side discomfort. He leads the majors in losses.
Phillies 5, Braves 4 Chris Johnson made a headfirst dive into first base but was thrown out to end the game, then argued in the dugout with Atlanta coach Terry Pendleton after the Braves lost to Philadelphia.
Down 5-1, the Braves rallied in the ninth on Justin Upton's three-run homer, his 27th, with two outs. Freddie Freeman singled and Evan Gattis walked to keep the rally going against Jonathan Papelbon.
Johnson hit a grounder to the hole and Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins made a diving stop, got up and made a one-hop throw to first baseman Darin Ruf for the final out.
When Johnson got to the dugout, Pendleton grabbed him and there were angry words before they pulled apart.
Mike Minor (13-9) took the loss after allowing two earned runs in six innings.
Philadelphia rookie Ethan Martin started and allowed a first-inning run in three innings. Fellow rookie Luis Garcia (1-1) pitched two innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win.
Other games on Saturday:
Brewers 4, Mets 2, 10 Innings
Nationals 2, Diamondbacks 0
Padres 9, Giants 3
Rockies 1, Dodgers 0
Marlins 2, Tigers 1, 10 Innings