facebook
twitter
search
search

MLB: Pittsburgh 4, Cincinnati 1

Sept. 27, 2013 at 10:38 PM

CINCINNATI, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Pedro Alvarez gave Pittsburgh some breathing room with a two-run homer in the sixth Friday and the Pirates held on to defeat Cincinnati 4-1.

The Pirates need to defeat Cincinnati once in their final two meetings to earn the right to host the Reds in the National League wild card game. Cincinnati would be at home for the wild card contest if it defeats Pittsburgh both Saturday and Sunday.

Marlon Byrd had three hits and drove in the first two Pittsburgh runs with a single in the third.

Cincinnati cut its deficit in half in the fourth on a home run by Todd Frazier, but Alvarez delivered his 35th long ball of the season two innings later.

A.J. Burnett (10-11) picked up the crucial victory with an eight-inning performance, during which he allowed a run on five hits with six strikeouts. Jason Grilli gave up a leadoff single in the ninth, but then benefited from a double play to pick up his 33rd save.

All of the Pittsburgh runs came off Homer Bailey (11-12). He surrendered four hits and four walks in five innings.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
SB50: Denver Broncos face tough call at QB in 2016
Johnny Manziel's ex-girlfriend claims he hit her
NFLPA hopes to have independent arbitration for player discipline next season
Watch every star-studded Super Bowl commercial of 2016
Group recreates 'Mario Kart' video game at UK mall