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10/02/2012 10:59 PM EDT
Correia, Pirates beat Braves 5-1

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Kevin Correia wanted to go into the offseason
on a high note.

The Pirates right-hander did just that, pitching effectively
into the seventh inning of Pittsburgh's 5-1 victory over the
Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.

Garrett Jones homered to help the Pirates win consecutive games
for the first time in four weeks.

A pending free agent, Correia (12-11) perhaps made his final
start after two seasons with Pittsburgh, matching a career high
in wins each year. He allowed six hits and one walk and had five

"It's huge," Correia said in regards to making his final start a
positive one. "It seems like when you go into the offseason on a
bad one you can't stop thinking about that for weeks and weeks
until so it's nice to have a good one to kind of go in on a
positive note just to rest your mind a little bit going into the

A day after being eliminated from the NL East division title
race, the wild-card Braves rested several regulars and shuffled
players in and out of the lineup throughout the game. Atlanta
will host the NL wild-card game Friday.

"It was good to get (reserves) at-bats to keep them sharp,"
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We're going to have a lot
more position players on the roster for Friday's game than the
other rounds so I feel it's important that we get them at bats."

Gonzalez said he will start his regular lineup for the
regular-season finale Wednesday and pull them after two at-bats
to get more reserves some action.

The Pirates (79-82) tied for their most wins in a season since
their North American major professional sports record streak of
20 losing seasons began in 1993. The 1999 Pirates went 79-83.

Pittsburgh previously won two straight games Sept. 4-5. The
Pirates faded in the second half, ending their run at a playoff

Pittsburgh rookie Starling Marte had three hits and scored
twice, giving him five hits and four runs in the series after
making only two starts over the previous eight games in a
management attempt for him to clear his head and focus on

"It's always fun to watch a young man gain some confidence in
this game," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.

"We're just trying to make sure he keeps it simple because of
what he's capable of. We just want him to try to slow the game
down and let those skills play."

Jones' homer was his 27th. He also homered in his previous game

After Pittsburgh took a 2-0 lead with single runs in the first
and second innings off Tommy Hanson (13-10), Atlanta got its
lone run in the fourth when Juan Francisco doubled in Lyle

Jones' homer in the fifth came with Alex Presley on base and
made it 5-1.

In what might have been his final appearance of the season,
Hanson - no lock for the playoff roster - allowed five runs on
nine hits in six innings.

Hanson, who struck out six, went almost two months between wins
before a strong outing in his previous start.

"It's not the way I wanted to finish - but it is what it is,"
Hanson said. "It kind of got away from me at times and I've got
to make adjustments and get better. My fastball command was
there at times then I lost it."

The Braves have scored a total of 11 runs in their past five

NOTES: The announced crowd of 15,272 included several thousand
Braves fans, many of whom chanted and called for 3B Chipper
Jones to make an appearance. Jones, who has said he will retire
at the end of the season, delivered the pregame lineup card. By
not playing Tuesday, he will not reach 2,500 career games. ...
Atlanta's Freddie Freeman was ejected by third base umpire Jeff
Nelson after striking out as a pinch hitter in the eighth. ...
Jones has 45 career home runs at PNC Park, tied with Brian Giles
for third-most in the ballpark's 12-year history. ... The Braves
will start RHP Ben Sheets (4-4, 3.54 ERA) in the regular season
finale Wednesday after Atlanta manager bumped RHP Tim Hudson
from the role after the Braves were eliminated from the division
title race. Pirates starter A.J. Burnett (16-9, 3.43) was on the
losing end of a no-hitter by Cincinnati's Homer Bailey in his
most recent outing Friday.

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