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MLB: Pittsburgh 3, Atlanta 1

April 20, 2013 at 9:56 PM   |   Comments

PITTSBURGH, April 20 (UPI) -- James McDonald pitched six innings of one-run ball and Gaby Sanchez socked a go-ahead homer Saturday in the Pittsburgh Pirates' 3-1 win over Atlanta.

McDonald (2-2) yielded two hits and four walks while striking out nine en route to the victory, the Pirates' second straight over the Braves.

Tony Watson and Mark Melancon each tossed a inning of shutout relief and Jason Grilli racked up his sixth save with three strikeouts in the ninth.

Andrew McCutchen's one-out RBI double off the right-field wall in the sixth erased a 1-0 Pirates deficit and Sanchez followed with a two-run shot to center for the decisive blow.

Braves starter Paul Maholm (3-1), after starting the season with 25 2/3 scoreless innings, was reached for the three runs on four hits over six full frames.

Andrelton Simmons provided Atlanta's only RBI.

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