• Walk-off win: Pirates beat Reds in extra innings on Russell Martin's walk with bases loaded

    Summary of 4 articles · Updated Jun 19, 2014
    The Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds, 4-3, in 12 innings Thursday afternoon on a walk-off walk after blowing a lead in the ninth inning. Martin took ball four, low and outside, to force home the winning run in the Pirates’ 4-3 win against the Reds in 12 innings at PNC Park. One, the Pirates have no closer. It snapped a three-game losing streak, was just the Pirates' third win in 10 games against the Reds and allowed them to drop only one game in the National League Central Division standings instead of three after losing the first two games of the series. Ball four just missed low and away and might have caught the edge of the strike zone, Martin said. Ike Davis and Gaby Sanchez have tried and largely failed. Pedro Alvarez the defending National League home run champion batted sixth Thursday and has been so bad at the plate and in the field that manager Clint Hurdle sent up Jordy Mercer to pinch-hit for him Thursday in the eighth inning.
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      It was a big win. It took four hours, 16 minutes of tense baseball and patience through a 35-minute rain delay, but the Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds, 4-3, in 12 innings Thursday afternoon. It snapped a three-game losing streak, was just the Pirates'…

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