Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Gaby Sanchez stroked a go-ahead two-run homer and James McDonald spun six innings of one-run ball as the Pittsburgh Pirates edged the Atlanta Braves, 3-1, at PNC Park.
Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI and Jason Grilli struck out the side in the ninth to record his sixth save and preserve the Pirates' second straight win over Atlanta in this four-game set.
McDonald (2-2) was a bit erratic early, but settled down and finished with nine strikeouts. He allowed just two hits and walked four.
The Pirates were able to knock former draft pick Paul Maholm (3-1) from the ranks of the unbeaten. Maholm had not allowed a run in his first three starts, but surrendered three in the sixth to absorb the loss.
The Braves, losers in three of four since winning 10 straight, were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and managed just four hits.
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