Series: Game 3 of 3

Cincinnati won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, September 24
Game 2: Saturday, September 25
Game 3: Sunday, September 26

Reds 2

(72-83, 33-44 away)

Pirates 4

(69-86, 39-41 home)

    1:35 PM ET, September 26, 2004

    PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

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    PIT 20100010 - 4 14 0

    W: J. Fogg (10-10)

    L: J. Acevedo (5-12)

    S: J. Mesa (41)

    Pirates snap five-game skid

    PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pirates finished the home portion of another dismal season with a victory.

    Slumping Tike Redman hit a pair of run-scoring singles, and Pittsburgh beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-2 Sunday to stop a five-game losing streak.

    Dunn Getting A Whiff
    Year Player Ks
    1970 Bobby Bonds 189
    2002 Jose Hernandez 188
    1969 Bobby Bonds 187
    2000 Preston Wilson 187
    1987 Rob Deer 186
    2001 Jose Hernandez 185
    1986 Pete Incaviglia 185
    2001 Jim Thome 185
    2004 Adam Dunn 184
    1990 Cecil Fielder 182
    2003 Jim Thome 182
    2000 Mo Vaughn 181
    1975 Mike Schmidt 180
    1986 Rob Deer 179
    2001 Richie Sexson 178
    2003 Jose Hernandez 177
    Note: Dunn has 6 games remaining.

    "You have to win the last game at home," shortstop Jack Wilson said. "No matter what you're doing, you want to win that last game in front of your home crowd. Give them a nice sendoff and say, 'Go get them, Steelers!"

    Pittsburgh went 39-41 at PNC Park and has not had a winning record at home since going 45-36 in 1999. The Pirates, 69-86 overall, are assured of their 12th consecutive losing season.

    Wilson helped save the win by starting a spectacular double play in the eighth. Leadoff hitter Anderson Machado walked and pinch hitter Jacob Cruz grounded a ball sharply up the middle. Wilson made a diving stop, then used his glove to flip the ball to second baseman Jose Castillo, who made an accurate throw to first as Machado was sliding into him.

    "You always want to get better offensively and that's always my goal," Wilson said. "But my number-one thing is still defense and doing the job for my pitcher. That play was just perfect timing. It was a perfect spot in the game, it helped us win and gave the fans something to cheer about. It was fun."

    The crowd of 23,841 stood and cheered, but Wilson couldn't take a curtain call since he was already on the field.

    "The perfect situation is that's the third out and you're walking off the field," he said. "You have another out to go so you can't have a lapse. You can only enjoy it until the next pitch comes."

    Josh Fogg (10-10) won for the fourth time in six decisions and improve to 5-1 against the Reds, allowing one run and six hits in 5 2-3 innings. Jose Mesa pitched the ninth for his 41st save in 46 chances.

    Fogg, usually slotted as the Pirates' No. 5 starter, has won at least 10 games in each of his three seasons with Pittsburgh.

    "His stuff isn't the best on the staff but he has the right attitude and makeup," Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He's a bulldog."

    Jose Acevedo (5-12) lost for the ninth time in 12 decisions, giving up three runs and nine hits in five innings. Cincinnati had won four straight, one shy of its longest road winning streak this year.

    "He didn't pitch that badly," Reds manager Dave Miley said. "He kept us in there and gave us a chance."

    Pittsburgh took a 2-0 lead in the first when Jason Bay hit an RBI single, stole second and scored on a single by Redman, just his third hit in 25 at-bats. Redman singled in another run in the third for a 3-0 lead.

    Cincinnati loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth but scored just one run. Anderson Machado strayed too far off second and was doubled up by Redman on Ryan Freel's flyout to center. Felipe Lopez hit an RBI single, but Mike Gonzalez struck out Adam Dunn.

    "Our baserunning was really a factor," Miley said. "We basically ran ourselves out of the game."

    Jack Wilson doubled in the seventh and scored on Rob Mackowiak's triple. Wilson became the first Pirates shortstop with 40 doubles since Arky Vaughn in 1940.

    After Austin Kearns hit an RBI single in the ninth, Mesa got Javier Valentin to ground into a double play, then struck out Machado with a runner on third.

    "This was one of the best all-around games that we played all year," McClendon said.

    Game notes

    Bad baserunning took the Reds out of several scoring opportunities. Machado was picked off first in the third, Freel was thrown out at third by Mackowiak trying to advance on Lopez's flyout to right and Valentin was thrown out by Redman trying to stretch a hit into a double in the seventh. ... Kendall has a 12-game hitting streak that includes eight multihit games.

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