Pirates Beat Reds With Barrage Of Sacrifice Flies

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 24: Derrek Lee #25 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates after scoring on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Ludwick #36 (not pictured) against the Cincinnati Reds during the game on September 24, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

The Pirates scored one in the second and three in the third en route to a 4-3 win, their 71st of the season. The second-inning run came on a Ryan Ludwick walk, a Jason Jaramillo double, and a Ronny Cedeno sacrifice fly. Then Josh Harrison, who had four hits on the night, led off the third with a triple to the left-field wall and came home on a sacrifice fly by Andrew McCutchen. The Pirates weren't done, though, as Derrek Lee and Neil Walker reached base and came in on yet another sac fly (this time by Ludwick) and a single by Jaramillo. 

Brad Lincoln got through five innings and allowed two runs despite walking four. Jared Hughes relieved him and was toxic, striking out the side in the sixth. Jose Veras gave up a run in the eighth, but Jason Grilli nailed down the save in the ninth. (Joel Hanrahan was unavailable after pitching a bunch on Friday.)

I'll be on the Pirates' postgame show with David Todd to talk about what the Pirates should do this offseason.

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