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The Juice: Pirates beat Brewers on Snider’s homer, won’t finish with losing record for first time since 1992 (probably)

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The odds have been in the Pittsburgh Pirates favor for a while now, but a 4-3 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night guaranteed their franchise something that's been 21 years in the making. They won't finish with a losing record for the first time since 1992. Probably.

Travis Snider hit a pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning to push the Pirates ahead, and Mark Melancon got three outs for the save to secure Pittsburgh's 81st victory of the season. The worst the Bucs can do is 81-81. What could possibly go wrong now?!

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Reds 1, Cardinals 0: Legendary speed demon Billy Hamilton made his major league debut, stole a base with Yadier Molina catching and scored the only run of the game. The Cardinals trail the Pirates by two games in the AL Central.

Red Sox 2, Tigers 1: With Jon Lester pitching just a little better than him, Max Scherzer was denied his 20th victory again.

Rangers 5, Athletics 1: And Texas takes back the AL West lead. These teams could go on like this for three more weeks.

Rays 7, Angels 1: Getting a strong-ish outing from Matt Moore, and a few runs for once, the Rays snapped a five-game losing streak.

Indians 4, Orioles 3: The Tribe almost needed to be saved from closer Chris Perez, who got the non-save after allowing a three-run homer in the ninth to Nate McLouth. Slugger Chris Davis made the last out. Phew.

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'Hey, watch out, Alexei!' (Getty)

Yankees 6, White Sox 4: Staring down a three-run deficit in the eighth inning with Chris Sale on the mound, the Yankees rallied for their 12th victory in 14 home games. Another, and final, 40-save season for Mariano Rivera.

Nationals 9, Phillies 6: Kind of sloppy for the Nats, but style points matter not in the playoff hunt.

Braves 3, Mets 1: That Medlen kid helped the Braves improve to 51-19 at home.

Royals 4, Mariners 3: Kansas City still hanging around, just 4 1/2 back in the wild card. To coin a phrase: Why can't them?

Twins 9, Astros 6 (12 inn.): Hey, it could have gone longer. Or it could have been the White Sox and Astros. So no complaints!

Marlins 6, Cubs 2: Marlins pen combined for 4 2/3 hitless innings.

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Brett Lawrie has his eyes, and soon his grip, on a baseball. (Getty)

Blue Jays 10, Diamondbacks 4: Slugger Edwin Encarnacion has seven home runs over five straight games at Chase Field. The Nats fell behind Washington in the wild card race. They're pretty toasty.

Dodgers 7, Rockies 4: Righty Ricky Nolasco has been one of the better pickups by GM Ned Colletti. No Puig in this game; he's resting a strained right knee.

Padres 3, Giants 2: The battle for last place in the NL West could go down to the wire. Giants trail (or is it lead?) by a game.

''It was on our to-do list"

— Pirates manager Clint Hurdle

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I call it: "Papi and GrandPapi."

• A.J. Pierzynski caught his 100th game in 2013, joining Hall of Famers Bill Dickey and Johnny Bench, along with Brad Ausmus, as the only players to do so in 13 straight seasons

• The Rays scored in six consecutive innings despite going 3 for 20 with runners in scoring position

• The Braves have won 29 of their past 38 games.

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