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Braves vs. Pirates: Pittsburgh ends season with 4-0 loss to Atlanta

The Pirates lost their season finale Wednesday, 4-0, to Braves. Pittsburgh finished the season with a 73-89 record.

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Pirates blanked by Braves in season finale, 4-0

Seven Atlanta Braves pitchers combined for a four-hitter Wednesday to help down the Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-0, in the regular-season finale at PNC Park. The Pirates finished the season with a disappointing 79-83 overall record, after being 63-47 on Aug. 9. The Braves, National League Wild Card winners, were able to give soon-to-be-retired Chipper Jones a fond farewell in his final regular-season game.

Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen went 1-for-3 before being taken off the field in the top of the eighth inning. McCutchen left to an ovation from the announced 20,615 fans in attendance. McCutchen finished the season with an NL-high 194 hits with a batting average of .327 with 31 home runs, 96 RBI and 107 runs scored.

Pittsburgh's A.J. Burnett (16-10) took the loss after giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings. Braves' reliever Luis Avilan (1-0) was the winning pitcher, as the Braves scored a run in the top of the first, fourth and two in the sixth.

In his final at-bat in regular-season play, Chipper Jones collected a hit in a pitch-hitting situation and finished 1-for-1.


Pirates look to finish season with a sweep

The Pittsburgh Pirates close out their season on Wednesday and although they will fall short of the playoffs and a .500 record, they hope to end on a high note by completing a sweep of the playoff bound Atlanta Braves.

Pittsburgh will send A.J. Burnett (16-9, 3.43 ERA) to the mound to cap what has been a strong season for the veteran. The Braves will start Ben Sheets (4-4, 3.54) in what will be the last game of his career. Sheets has struggled with multiple major injuries over the last four seasons and has announced that he will retire following this season. The four-time All-Star is expected to pitch two innings on Wednesday before prospects Randall Delgado and Julio Teheran take over.

Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen enters the last day of the season with a chance to lead the National League in hits and runs. He currently holds a three-hit lead over Ryan Braun and is tied with Braun and Justin Upton at 107 runs.

After resting the majority of their starters on Tuesday, the Braves will return most of their regulars to the lineup for the season finale.

Full lineups are below:

Pittsburgh Pirates (79-82)

1. Starling Marte, LF
2. Alex Presley, RF
3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
4. Garrett Jones, 1B
5. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
6. Josh Harrison, 2B
7. Clint Barmes, SS
8. Rod Barajas, C
9. A.J. Burnett, SP

Atlanta Braves (93-68)

1. Michael Bourn, CF
2. Martin Prado, LF
3. Jason Heyward, RF
4. Freddie Freeman, 1B
5. Dan Uggla, 2B
6. Brian McCann, C
7. Juan Francisco, 3B
8. Andrelton Simmons, SS
9. Ben Sheets, SP

First pitch is set for 12:35 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ROOT Sports.


Correia may not be back for the Pirates

In what may have been his last start with the Pirates, Kevin Correia was great. The veteran righty allowed just one earned run and six hits in a 5-1 Pirates' victory.

Correia will finish the season with a 12-11 record for the second year in a row. He has now pitched two full seasons for the Pirates. With his contract set to expire, Correia is not expected to return to Pittsburgh.

He told the media,

"It's huge (to end on a good note). When you go into the offseason on a bad one you can't stop thinking about it for weeks and weeks, so it's nice just to rest your mind a little bit going into the offseason."

Correia ends the season with a 4.21 ERA, which is better than his career mark of 4.54. The 32-year-old pitched six seasons in San Francisco and two in San Diego before arriving in Pittsburgh in 2011.


Correia, Jones lead Pittsburgh past Atlanta, 5-1

With the playoffs and a winning record out of reach, the Pittsburgh Pirates were still able to put together a strong showing against the playoff-bound Atlanta Braves. Pittsburgh topped Atlanta, 5-1, in their second-to-last game of the 2012 season.

Led by Pedro Alvarez's two hits and Garrett Jones' two RBIs and homer, the Pirates were able to put away the Braves early, as starter Kevin Correia was strong over 6⅔ innings, scattering six hits and one earned run to get the win. The Pirates bullpen put together 2⅓ innings of scoreless ball to secure the victory.

Correia's only surrendered run of the night came as a result of a Juan Francisco double, which scored Lyle Overbay.

With the Pirates up 3-1 in the fifth and a run already in in the frame, Jones's two-run home run proved more than enough to get the Pirates the victory on the night.

The two teams finish their season Wednesday with a mid-day showdown in Pittsburgh as A.J. Burnett heads to the mound for the Pirates and Ben Sheets finishes his season, and reportedly his career, for the Braves.


Pirates edge Braves, 2-1

The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Atlanta Braves Monday night, 2-1. Starling Marte contributed to both Pirates runs, finishing the night with one RBI and one run scored.

Down 1-0 in the third inning, Startling Marte tripled to leadoff the inning for Pittsburgh and scored one batter later on a Chase d'Arnaud fielders choice. He grabbed the lead for the Pirates in the fifth inning with another lead-off hit, this time a solo home run to put Pittsburgh on top, 2-1.

Pitching rendered the Braves offense useless almost all night. Other than two hits in the third inning that led to their only run, the Braves went without a hit against Pirates starter Jeff Locke and relievers Jeff Karstens, Tony Watson and Jared Hughes. Locke gets the win, his first of the season, bringing his record to 1-3.

For Atlanta, Paul Maholm gets the loss despite a strong start. Maholm allowed only two runs on five hits in seven innings of work, but drops his record to 13-11.

The loss eliminates the Atlanta Braves in the NL East race, clinching the division for the Washington Nationals.


Braves vs. Pirates lineups: Chipper Jones playing

Chipper Jones will begin his final series in Pittsburgh on Monday, when the Pirates host the Braves.

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