Pittsburgh 5, Atlanta 1

Boxscore | Recap
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 7:05 PM
Location - PNC Park
Temperature - 73°
Umpires - Home Plate - Bill Welke, First Base - Cory Blaser, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Jeff Nelson,
Attendance - 15727

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Atlanta 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 1
Pittsburgh 1 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 5 10 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Atlanta 93-68 48-33 45-35 L2
Pittsburgh 79-82 45-35 34-47 W2

Recap

Pirates 5, Braves 1: Garrett Jones homered and Kevin Correia worked into the seventh inning as host Pittsburgh won back-to-back games for the first time in nearly a month.

Correia (12-11) avoided a career-worst 12th defeat by giving up one run over 6 2/3 frames against the Braves, who rested several regulars after clinching the top National League wild card spot on Monday.

Pittsburgh extended its 2-1 lead with three runs in the fifth off Tommy Hanson (13-10) when Alex Presley doubled in a run and scored on Jones’ two-run blast to right field. The home run was Jones' 27th this season and fourth in his last 11 games.

With his spot in the Braves’ postseason rotation in jeopardy, Hanson allowed five runs over six innings and fell to 1-5 in his last eight starts. Atlanta has scored two or fewer runs in 13 of its past 26 games.

Starling Marte had three hits and two stolen bases for Pittsburgh, which won back-to-back games for the first time since Sept. 4-5. With 79 wins, the Pirates have matched their highest win total of the last 20 years. Pittsburgh last won 79 games in 1997.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Braves RHP Ben Sheets will make his final major-league start on Wednesday before retiring after the game. The 34-year-old Sheets, who will be making his 250th career start, is expected to pitch two innings. … The Pirates are just one home run shy of tying the club record of 171 hit in 1999. … Braves 1B Freddie Freeman was ejected in the eighth inning for arguing a checked-swing call.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Atlanta   Pittsburgh
Tommy Hanson Player Kevin Correia
Loss W/L Win
6.0 IP 6.2
6 Strikeouts 5
9 Hits 6
7.50 ERA 1.35
Hitting
Atlanta   Pittsburgh
Jose Constanza Player Starling Marte
2 Hits 3
0 RBI 0
0 HR 0
2 TB 4
.500 Avg .600

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Atlanta 8 0 11 .250 13 8 1 1 0 1
Pittsburgh 10 1 16 .286 12 9 5 1 4 0

Upcoming Games

  • Pittsburgh will play their next game at home against Atlanta. The Pirates have a W/L % of .474 after a win and .506 after a loss.
  • Atlanta will play their next game on the road against Pittsburgh. The Braves have a W/L % of .634 after a win and .500 after a loss.