Difo scores winning run in ninth, Pirates keep Reds slumping

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Pittsburgh Pirates’ Wilmer Difo, back right, and Ben Gamel, back left, celebrate after Difo scored from second on a groundout by Colin Moran to give the Pirates a 5-4 win in a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (AP) – Wilmer Difo scored on a groundout from Colin Moran with one out in the ninth inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates handed the Cincinnati Reds a seventh loss in nine games with a 5-4 win.

Cincinnati entered half a game back of the St. Louis Cardinals for the second wild card in the National League.

It was a half-game up on St. Louis and the San Diego Padres before losing 6-5 to Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Chris Stratton pitched a perfect ninth for the Pirates, striking out the first two batters before getting Jonathan India to ground out.

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