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No controversial ending this time: Braves beat Pirates in 10

Jul 28, 2011 - 3:38 AM Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - The Braves and Pirates followed up Tuesday's crazy 19-inning game with another extra innings contest on Wednesday.

But this one lasted just 10 innings, with David Ross playing hero for a 2-1 Atlanta victory. His bases-loaded single scored Nate McLouth.

Tuesday's contest created a buzz with a controversial call at the plate ending the game. With Julio Lugo on third base, Scott Proctor, the eighth pitcher of the night for the Braves, hit a ball down the left side that was cut off sharply by Pedro Alvarez, who threw home in plenty of time to get Lugo, but home plate umpire Jerry Meals inexplicably called the runner safe after deciding catcher Michael McKenry missed the tag. Atlanta came away with a 4-3 win.

The Pirates were disgusted with the call, which led to the team releasing a statement. MLB also issued a statement on Wednesday, saying that Meals missed the call.

Meals was the third-base umpire on Wednesday, the third test of this four-game series.

Ross made sure there was no close play at the plate Wednesday night. Chris Leroux (1-1) took the mound for the Pirates in the 10th. McLouth and Freddie Freeman singled around a Martin Prado fly out to put runners on the corners. Dan Uggla was then intentionally walked to load the bases. Ross stepped to the plate and laced a single to left to knock in the winning run.

"These guys grinded it out," Ross said. "There were a lot of sleep-deprived guys around here but they found a way to do it."

Ross also had an RBI single in the sixth for the Braves, who have won two straight since dropping the opener of this series by a 3-1 margin. Uggla went 3-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 18 games.

Atlanta starter Jair Jurrjens gave up one run on six hits over seven innings. Scott Linebrink (4-2) tossed a scoreless 10th to pick up the win.

Garrett Jones hit a solo homer for the Pirates, who have lost five of seven.

Paul Maholm allowed one run on nine hits over seven full frames for Pittsburgh. The left-hander stuck out eight and didn't walk a batter.

"We battled hard," Maholm said. "We're going to come back tomorrow and expect to win."

The Pirates had a runner thrown out at home in a scoreless game in the fourth. With one out, Alvarez walked and Steve Pearce singled to put men on the corners. Brandon Wood flied out to left for the second out, and Alvarez sprinted for home. A great throw home by Prado resulted in Alvarez being tagged out.

Atlanta went on to strand runners on second and third in the home fourth.

Jones gave the Pirates a 1-0 lead with a solo homer to right in the sixth.

The Braves responded with a run in the home sixth. Prado and Uggla each singled around a Freeman strikeout. Ross followed with an RBI single to left. Wilkin Ramirez and Lugo struck out to keep it a 1-1 game.

Atlanta had a chance to win in the game in the ninth, when Alex Gonzalez hit a two-out double. But Jose Veras got pinch-hitter Eric Hinske looking at strike three to send the game into extras for a second straight night.

Game Notes

The Braves have won four of five over the Pirates so far this season and 10 of the past 14 meetings overall...Wednesday's game lasted just over three hours, compared to Tuesday's contest that went six hours and 39 minutes...The Braves acquired catcher Wil Nieves from the Milwaukee Brewers for cash considerations. Atlanta placed outfielder Jordan Schafer on the 15-day DL and recalled catcher J.C. Boscan and outfielder Ramirez from Triple-A Gwinnett...Freeman went 3-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 11 games...The Pirates have gone into extra innings in four of their last 10 games.