Rodriguez homers twice, Pirates beat Reds 7-3 for DH sweep
Pittsburgh Pirates' Sean Rodriguez, center, is congratulated after a solo home run off Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Josh Smith during the fourth inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
CINCINNATI (AP) Sean Rodriguez homered in both games, and Andrew McCutchen had a bases-loaded single as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-3 on Saturday night for a doubleheader sweep.
In the first game, Jameson Taillon pitched five innings and singled to drive in a big league run for the first time during a 10-4 win that officially eliminated the Reds from postseason contention.
The Pirates swept a doubleheader in Cincinnati for the first time since 1990. They opened the day with a 5 1/2-game gap and three teams to overtake for a wild-card berth.
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McCutchen drove in three runs in the opener and had a bases-loaded single in the nightcap off left-hander Brandon Finnegan (9-11), who lasted only 2 1/3 innings. Rodriguez hit a solo homer, adding to his two-run shot in the first game.
Cincinnati's Scott Schebler and Ramon Cabrera homered off rookie starter Trevor Williams, who failed to retire any of the four batters he faced in the fifth inning. Juan Nicasio (10-6) didn't allow a hit in two innings.