Reds 4, Pirates 3

Updated: September 30, 2012, 7:00 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- What started as a season of promise for the Pittsburgh Pirates is nearing a familiar end.

The Pirates ensured they would finish with a record 20th straight losing season Sunday when they blew a ninth-inning lead in a 4-3 defeat to the Cincinnati Reds.

"Everyone's pretty ticked off about it," Pirates first baseman Garrett Jones said.

Pinch-hitter Xavier Paul led off the ninth with a home run off Joel Hanrahan (5-2) and Zack Cozart had a go-head double for Cincinnati, ...

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