Hamilton, Reds top Pirates, tie for wild card lead

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Associated Press

Posted on September 22, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 23 at 10:06 AM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Rookie Billy Hamilton got three hits and stole two more bases, and the Cincinnati Reds routed Pittsburgh 11-3 Sunday to tie the Pirates for the NL wild-card lead.

The Reds and Pirates each have a magic number of two to close out Washington and clinch a playoff spot. Cincinnati and Pittsburgh trail NL Central leader St. Louis by 2 1-2 games, pending the Cardinals' night game at Milwaukee.

Jay Bruce hit a three-run double and Todd Frazier followed with a homer that capped a five-run burst in the first inning. Bronson Arroyo (14-11) made it stand up, lasting five innings to win for the first time in nearly a month.

Neil Walker hit his 13th homer of the season, but Pittsburgh stumbled in its home finale.

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