Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

THEY'RE ALL BUSINESS FANFARE MISSING AS PIRATES CLINCH WINNING SEASON PIRATES 7, REDS 3 [Corrected 09/12/15]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

THEY'RE ALL BUSINESS FANFARE MISSING AS PIRATES CLINCH WINNING SEASON PIRATES 7, REDS 3 [Corrected 09/12/15]

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CINCINNATI - There was little fanfare at Great American Ball Park late Tuesday night after the Pirates downed the Cincinnati Reds, 7- 3, to clinch their third consecutive winning season.

"That was cool like two years ago for us," Andrew McCutchen said, grinning. " 'Oh, hey, a winning season.' We've got bigger fish to fry."

McCutchen, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco did their winners' dance together and filed into a handshake line as the Pirates quietly celebrated win No. 82. The scene was in stark contrast to the one Sept. 10, 2013, when McCutchen held his hands high toward the heavens and broadcaster Greg Brown bellowed, "Pirates fans, your long national nightmare is over."

This No. 82 felt a little less special, but no less significant.

McCutchen and Jung Ho Kang homered, while left-hander Francisco Liriano struck out 10 over six scoreless innings and scored his first career multiple-hit game as the Pirates (82-55) climbed within 4 games of the first-place St. Louis Cardinals.

"[No. 82] is tangible evidence of us being in a better place," manager Clint Hurdle said. "We had 20 consecutive losing seasons as an organization, and I was here for two of them, and I felt the angst of the city and the fan base, the passion they had for baseball.

"Something we've talked about is creating a new sense and direction of history. This is part of it."

The Pirates improved to 5-10 this season against the last-place Reds (57-80), and 3-6 here in Cincinnati. They piled on right- hander Raisel Iglesias in a five-run third and chased him after three innings to snap his Reds rookie record streak of seven consecutive quality starts. He surrendered six hits - three of the extra-base variety - and five runs.

Marte tripled and had three hits. Polanco, Kang and Liriano had two s apiece.

Closer Mark Melancon gave up three runs in the ninth, his first outing since Aug. 29. He left with two on and two outs, a run in, and Arquimedes Caminero allowed the inherited runners to score. …

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