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导出博客文章PITTSBURGH -- Josh Harrison swung at the first pitch with the game on the line and popped out. Yet he refused to second-guess himself.Jose Perazas sacrifice fly snapped a ninth-inning tie and lifted Cincinnati to a 4-3 victory over the Pirates on Friday night, snapping the Reds five-game losing streak and giving them just their third win in 12 games.Andrew McCutchen pulled the Pirates into a tie in the bottom of the eighth with a sacrifice fly off Raisel Iglesias (3-1). Iglesias hit the first two batters in the ninth with pitches but escaped a bases-loaded jam by getting Harrison to pop up and pinch-hitter Adam Frazier to fly out.He threw me a slider and I thought it was a pitch I could drive, Harrison said. I just got under it. If I hit it another half-inch or so on the bat, it could have been a sacrifice fly and we win the game. I wasnt upset about it. It was a hittable pitch and I didnt get the job done.The Pirates lost for the ninth time in 11 games as they continue to fade from the National League wild card race.Eugenio Suarez hit a leadoff single off closer Tony Watson (2-5) in the ninth, advanced to second on Ramon Cabreras sacrifice bunt, took third on Tyler Holts single and scored on Perazas liner to center field.It just shows you that we dont give up, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips said. We try to win every game. Were in a lot of games, but we just dont finish. But today, we got to finish and it really shows that we have a heart.Joey Votto had three hits for the Reds, Suarez had two and Phillips hit his 10th home run, a leadoff shot in the seventh off Jared Hughes that put Cincinnati ahead 3-2.Gregory Polanco had three hits, including two doubles, for the Pirates.Harrison and Jordy Mercer added two hits each. Harrison extended his hitting streak to nine games with an RBI double in the third that drew the Pirates into a 1-1 tie. He scored on McCutchens sac fly after leading off the eighth with a single.The Pirates left eight runners on base, went 1 for 11 with runners in scoring positon and had two runners picked off by rookie starter Tim Adleman.We had a chance to move runners, score runners from third with less than two outs and we didnt get it done, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. Were having problems scoring runs. I dont think the execution level matches the talent level right now.Adleman allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings with three walks and no strikeouts. He had two hits, doubling in the third inning and scoring the games first run on Vottos single. He hit an RBI single in the fourth to snap a 1-1 tie.Pirates rookie left-hander Steven Brault remained winless in five career starts, giving up two runs and five hits in five innings while walking two and striking out two.Tonight was best I felt since being up here, Brault said. It wasnt perfect. I made some mistakes to the pitcher, which is inexcusable, but I really felt like myself this time. I was getting ahead of the hitters, finally.TRAINERS ROOMReds: LHP John Lamb, who made 14 starts for Cincinnati earlier this season, was originally supposed to be recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday but has been shut down for year because of a stained flexor mass in his elbow.Pirates: RHP Gerrit Cole (elbow inflammation) threw a 32-pitch bullpen session before the game and said he is ready to be activated from the DL on Monday night and start at Philadelphia. He has been out since Aug. 25. ... LF Starling Marte (back spasms) missed his fourth straight game.HERITAGE NIGHTAs part of an African-American heritage celebration, both teams wore replica Negro League uniforms with the Reds representing the Cincinnati Tigers and the Pirates representing the Homestead Grays.Former Pirates player personnel director Tyrone Brooks, who was hired earlier this year by Major League Baseball as senior director of its new front office and field staff diversity pipeline program, took part in pre-game ceremonies.UP NEXTReds: RHP Robert Stephenson (2-1, 3.12 ERA) will make his fourth career start Saturday night and the rookie is coming off his first loss when he gave up two runs in 5 1/3 innings to the New York Mets on Monday.Pirates: RHP Drew Hutchison (1-0, 4.97) will make his debut with Pittsburgh after being called up Tuesday from Triple-A Indianapolis, where he was 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in seven games following his acquisition from the Toronto Blue Jays in a trade Aug. 1. 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Anthony Sherman Super Bowl Jersey . -- Linebacker Myles Jack ran for four touchdowns, defensive end Cassius Marsh caught a scoring pass, and No. Patrick Mahomes Super Bowl Jersey . Then the Pacers gave Oladipo and his Orlando teammates the cold shoulder. Paul Georges buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter spurred a 21-4 run, finally sending Indiana past the Magic 97-87 in a tougher-than-expected opening night matchup. SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Make it 83 wins in a row for the reigning dynasty in womens basketball.And make it six losses in a row in the series for the rival as frustrated by that streak as anyone.Facing its most difficult challenge of the new season on the road against No. 2 Notre Dame, top-ranked Connecticut surrendered an early double-digit lead but regained control for a 72-61 win.Napheesa Collier, Katie Lou Samuelson and Gabby Williams combined for 57 points in the victory, led by Collier with 20 points. Brianna Turner led the Fighting Irish with 16 points.Unlike so many supposed challenges to the Huskies, this was a game that should make fans yearn for the days when these former Big East rivals met four times a season. With young lineups on each side, the execution wasnt always at the same level as past encounters, but the energy in front of a full house at the Joyce Center was entirely familiar for these two. They cant meet more than twice this time around, but a rematch in Dallas in April would be something to look forward to from two teams that are very good now and have a lot of room to grow.There is more to come from South Bend, but here are some thoughts at the final buzzer.Player of the game: Williams is best appreciated in person, so athletic that it can get lost at times through a television screen. She finished with 19 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. But so many small plays stood out, such as her ability to get a finger on Turners turnaround shots, or shifting her body away from contact against a drive from Arike Ogunbowale, only to block the shot and keep it in play.Turning point: Notre Dame fell behind by double digits as the second quarter began, then went on a 20-5 run. Connecticut is the team that is supposed to make game-defining runs. When Notre Dame took its 34-30 lead, it was clear this wasnt going to be a knockout decision for either team. The game began anew. The Fighting Irish responded to the first challenge with the run, but the Huskies closed the half on a 4-0 mini-run for a tie and an answer of their own.How it was won: Breanna Stewart barely managed to average 19 points a game in any of her four seasons dominating college basketball. Collier and Samuelson each entered this game averaging that many points, with Williams not all that far behind. Connecticut has thus far leaned very heavily on the inside (Collier), outside (Samuelson) and eveerything in the middle (Williams) triumvirate -- and Wednesday was no different.ddddddddddddThose three had a lot of pressure on them and handled it superbly.Stat of the game:?Twenty-three points. That would be the sum total of points in this series that Collier, Samuelson and Williams had scored entering Wednesdays game. Again, they combined for 57 in this game.X factor: Connecticut was in control when Collier picked up her second foul late in the first quarter. The Huskies reestablished the lead when she returned to the court at the start of the third quarter. That isnt a coincidence. Collier wasnt necessarily the best player on the court during her minutes, although she was plenty good, but her ability to put the Huskies on solid footing inside couldnt be duplicated by Natalie Butler or others.On a smaller scale, no pun intended for the 5-foot-5 freshman, Crystal Dangerfield provided just about the only meaningful bench contribution for the Huskies. It was an up-and-down night, at least once appearing as if she took the Notre Dame bands advice as to the shot clock, but there was more up than down. There was certainly enough to bode well for the months ahead.Stat of the game II: Poor Lindsay Allen. Notre Dames point guard was very good, her steady and patient play so easy to take for granted. But she is now 0-5 against Connecticut in a career in which she has started every game. She is 114-2 against all other teams. To reiterate, from Ogunbowale and Kathryn Westbeld to Jackie Young (before the freshman left the game with what looked like an ankle injury in the fourth quarter), Notre Dame did plenty to maintain its place as one of the main contenders to win the title. But Allen will have to wait to beat the Huskies.Whats next: Notre Dame has a short turnaround before a potential challenge at DePaul on Saturday. That looks to be its toughest test before ACC play begins in January, although its final four nonconference games are all on the road against competitive opponents.Connecticut, meanwhile, continues to stockpile big games before a not-so-competitive conference schedule begins. The Huskies play Ohio State at home before Christmas and are on the road at Maryland before New Years, with road trips to Kansas State and Nebraska mixed in. ' ' '
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