Freddy Sanchez singled home Brian Bixler with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Pittsburgh Pirates a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves tonight. Sanchez went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and is 9-for-17 in four games since being moved to the top of the Pirates' lineup. John Grabow (2-1) struck out one in a scoreless ninth to earn the win.
Brian McCann went 3-for-3 and Jeff Francoeur drove in two runs for Atlanta, which had won six straight. Sanchez hit a two-out, two-run double off Tom Glavine in the seventh to put Pittsburgh in front 2-1. Francoeur tied it with a two-out RBI single in the eighth. Atlanta’s Chipper Jones, the major league's leading hitter with a .413 average, went 0-for-2.