First number, last word

9-8: Pirates' record in games decided in the winner's final at-bat; the losses include the last two games prior to Wednesday -- 3-2 in Miami and 6-5 to Cincinnati.

"I wish we had challenged. I had him, I know I did. But I can understand we didn't want to use up our challenge that early, just in case the call stayed against us."
-- Catcher Russell Martin, on "throwing out" Reds speedster Billy Hamilton on his attempted steal of third in the first inning of Tuesday's game. Hamilton was called safe and Hurdle chose to not challenge the decision.

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