ATLANTA (Ticker) --
capped a four-run first inning with a three-run homer and
escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth as the
held on for a 5-3 victory over the
in the second game of a doubleheader.
After enduring a tough 3-2 loss in 10 innings in the opener, the Pirates jumped on Braves starter
(11-8) right away. Reynolds, who has allowed 26 of his 89 runs in the opening inning, fell behind just four batters into the game as
with a double.
was hit by a pitch, Wilson came up. Mired in a 1-for-15 slump, Wilson sent Reynolds' 2-0 offering over the left field wall for his 12th homer of the season.
"It was a fastball, I think," Wilson said. "I saw the ball well today. You always want to come back in the second game after you lose the first game."
"My team has (bounced back) all year," Pirates manager
said. "We're not big on talent, but we're big on effort. We have the ability to bounce back."
After Wilson's homer, the Pirates did little against Reynolds, who retired 15 of the final 18 batters he faced.
"It feels like I need to apologize to the team," said Reynolds, who allowed four runs and five hits in six innings. "We win the game if I don't make the bad pitches in the first inning."
"He settled down and pitched great," Atlanta manager
added. "The ball was flying out there."
allowed two runs and seven hits in just four innings but three relievers combined to surrender one run and three hits the rest of the way.
(1-2), who took the loss in the opener, highlighted the bullpen's strong effort with three scoreless innings for his first career win.
"When they got me up, I was thrilled," Corey said. "It gave me a chance to redeem myself. I didn't throw many pitches (in the first game), so I was ready to pitch again."
Tavarez came on to protect a two-run lead, but struggled. He failed to retire any of the first three hitters, but got
to hit into a double play and
to ground out to secure his fifth save in seven opportunities.
Although the Braves have the best record in the National League, they have lost five of their last eight games. They stranded 11 in this one, 20 in the doubleheader and have stranded 43 in their last five contests.
Atlanta scored its first run in the third on
's RBI single that plated
The Braves loaded the bases in the fourth with three straight singles but scored just once as Reynolds' double play plated a run.
pitched the fifth and worked around a walk and a balk that put Franco on second. He did struggle in the sixth, failing to retire any of the three batters he faced, prompting McClendon to summon Corey.
Making his 42nd career appearance, Corey allowed just one run. After pinch hitter
lined out and Furcal plated a run on a forceout,
With runners on first and second,
came up. But Jones, who homered off Corey in the first game, struck out on four pitches.
"He exacted some revenge," Jones said. "He threw me a fastball that was borderline down and then one of the best curveballs I've ever seen. It started over my head and then he threw a heater by me."
"It was a great confrontation," McClendon said. "He went after him."
After escaping the sixth, the righthander breezed through the seventh and eighth to get the game to Tavarez, who entered after pinch hitter
provided an insurance run with his third homer.