Sanchez' Hit Beats Braves

Pirates rally to snap Atlanta's six-game win streak
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2008 11:08 PM CDT
Sanchez' Hit Beats Braves
Pittsburgh Pirates' Brian Bixler is tagged out by Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann while trying to score in the seventh inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, May 9, 2008.    (AP Photo/John Heller)

Freddy Sanchez singled home Brian Bixler with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Pittsburgh Pirates a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves tonight. Sanchez went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and is 9-for-17 in four games since being moved to the top of the Pirates' lineup. John Grabow (2-1) struck out one in a scoreless ninth to earn the win.

Brian McCann went 3-for-3 and Jeff Francoeur drove in two runs for Atlanta, which had won six straight. Sanchez hit a two-out, two-run double off Tom Glavine in the seventh to put Pittsburgh in front 2-1. Francoeur tied it with a two-out RBI single in the eighth. Atlanta’s Chipper Jones, the major league's leading hitter with a .413 average, went 0-for-2. (More MLB stories.)

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