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CINCINNATI (AP) - Jordy Mercer had a triple and an inside-the-park homer, and the Pirates completed a three-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds with a 4-2 victory Sunday that was mostly an afterthought fo teams looking ahead to a rematch in Pittsburgh.

They'll open the postseason on Tuesday night at PNC Park, the Pirates' first playoff game in 21 years.

There was little at stake Sunday, and the Pirates played mostly backups. Pedro Alvarez was in the lineup, trying to win the NL home run crown outright. He walked, was hit by a pitch and popped out, leaving him tied with Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt with 36 homers.

Reds manager Dusty Baker started his regulars but began substituting after the third inning. The Reds dropped their last five games, matching their season high.

 

 

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