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MLB: Pittsburgh 4, Cincinnati 2

Sept. 21, 2013 at 10:49 PM

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- A.J. Burnett struck out 12 batters in seven solid innings Saturday, propelling the Pittsburgh Pirates over division rival Cincinnati 4-2.

Burnett (9-11) recorded his first 12-strikeout game since 2009 and ran his total for the year to 203 -- becoming the first pitcher in Pirates history to notch at least 200 strikeouts in a season.

The right-hander yielded four hits and three walks as Pittsburgh evened its three-game series with Cincinnati.

The second-place Bucs remained two games behind National League East leader St. Louis with seven games remaining, while the third-place Reds fell three games off the pace.

Russell Martin belted a score-tying, two-run homer in the second inning while Marlon Byrd and Pedro Alvarez each added an RBI in the sixth to provide the winning margin.

Cincinnati's Homer Bailey (11-11) was touched for four runs (two earned) on three hits in a 5 2/3-inning start.

Zack Cozart homered for the Reds, who came into the contest with a five-game lead over Washington for the second NL wild-card spot.

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