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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.

"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.