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Pirates Rally, Avert Braves Sweep
  Justin Upton dropped a routine fly ball to left-centerfield in the ninth inning which set the stage for Gaby Sanchez's game-winning sacrifice fly that capped a late-inning comeback as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Wednesday night.
   David Carpenter (4-4) took the loss after allowing an unearned run to cross. Jordy Mercer led off with a single and Starling Marte's fly ball to left-center advanced him to third, where Mercer tagged up on Sanchez's flyout.
   Pittsburgh's win snapped a seven-game losing streak, and ended Atlanta's five-game winning streak.
   Upton drove in a run with a single in the first inning after Jason Heyward walked and Freddie Freeman singled. Upton's single extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
   After allowing a double to Evan Gattis leading off the second, Pittsburgh right-hander Gerrit Cole retired the next 12 batters he faced before Heyward singled in the sixth.

by Dave Staley
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