Andrelton Simmons doubled off Pittsburgh reliever Mark Melancon (1-1; 1.19 ERA) in the bottom of the 10th inning on Tuesday night, lifting the Atlanta Braves to a 5-4 home victory over the Pirates.
Before Simmons’ winning hit, Melancon had walked one batter and hit another.
Atlanta (36-22) had tied the score in the 6th inning with a two-run home run by B.J. Upton off Pirates newcomer Ryan Reid. Earlier, the Braves had scored on a two-run double by Freddie Freeman.
The Pirates (35-24) held a 4-2 lead in the fourth inning on solo homers by Gaby Sanchez and Pedro Alvarez, and a two-run double by Andrew McCutchen, but the Bucs never tallied another hit for the remainder of the game.
Simmons went 3-for-5 for the Braves, while teammates Jason Heyward and Dan Uggla had two hits apiece. Atlanta reliever Anthony Vavaro (3-0; 2.23 ERA). McCutchen finished with two of the Pirates’ five hits as Pittsburgh lost for the fourth time in five games.
The Bucs will try to avoid a sweep in Atlanta on Wednesday afternoon with Wandy Rodriguez (6-3; 3.47 ERA) scheduled to face the Braves’ Julio Teheran (3-2; 3.71 ERA).