Losers no more: Pirates gets 81st victory

September 3, 2013
Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle, right, congratulates Travis Snider after Snider’s home run in the ninth inning Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Pinch-hitter Travis Snider homered in the ninth inning to lift Pittsburgh to a 4-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night that clinched the Pirates’ first non-losing record in 21 seasons.

Snider drove a 2-2 pitch from Jim Henderson (3-5) over the wall in center for his second pinch-hit homer of the season. He also accomplished the feat against the Chicago Cubs on May 21.

It was victory No. 81 for Pittsburgh, ensuring it will not finish with a losing record for the first time since it went 96-66 in 1992. More importantly, it boosted the Pirates’ lead in the NL Central to two games over St. Louis.

Mark Melancon pitched the ninth for his 11th save.



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