Pittsburgh Pirates fans waited 21 years for a trip to the postseason. The voyage isn't over yet. With the help of two home runs in the second inning and a masterful outing by ace Francisco Liriano, the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds, 6-2, on Tuesday night to advance to the National League Division Series.
After the two home runs by Marlon Byrd and Russell Martin, the Pirates' bats were awakened. Pittsburgh amassed 13 hits, including another home run by Martin in the seventh inning.
As alive as the Pirates' bats were in front of 40,487 fans at PNC Park, the Reds could never get theirs going. Cincinnati had six hits and scored a run in the fourth inning, and Shin-Soo Choo added a solo home run in the eighth.
Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Jason Grilli celebrates after getting the last out against the Cincinnati Reds in the NL Wild Card game Tuesday in Pittsburgh. The Pirates won 6-2 and advance to the division series
Liriano got the win, striking out five and allowing four hits.
With the win, the Pirates now advance to the NLDS to face division rival St. Louis on Thursday. Game time is set for 5:07 p.m.
The Pirates have a 10-9 record against the Cardinals this season.