Pirates

A last push? Seventeen-run day sweeps twinbill

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Trevor Williams throws a pitch in his the first inning of his major-league start. - GETTY

CINCINNATI -- The next Major League Baseball collective bargaining agreement will be negotiated this winter. The Pirates' representatives might have to think about petitioning for more doubleheaders.

For the second time this season, the Pirates swept two games in a single day, downing the Reds 7-3 to stretch their winning streak to four. In taking a pair from last-place Cincinnati, the Pirates (74-74) totaled 17 runs on 21 hits and 19 walks.

“Just staying in that strike zone and staying with a good pitch to hit,” said Matt Joyce, who drew a historic walk in the second game. “Just staying stubborn in the strike zone."

Andrew McCutchen drove in two runs with a single in a four-run first, giving him five RBIs in the doubleheader, while Sean Rodríguez had two hits, including his second home run of the day. Six days after being flustered by Reds starter Brandon Finnegan, the Pirates chased him with one out in the third and five runs on the board.

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