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October 3, 2013

Sports Briefs: Wednesday, Oct. 3

Pirates dominate Reds in NL Wild Card game

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Russell Martin homered twice, Marlon Byrd also connected and the Pittsburgh Pirates roared past Cincinnati for a 6-2 victory in the NL wild-card game Tuesday night.

In front of a black-clad crowd savoring its first postseason game since 1992, Andrew McCutchen added two hits and reached base four times for Pittsburgh.

Francisco Liriano scattered four hits over seven innings for the Pirates, who will face St. Louis in Game 1 of the NL division series Thursday. Liriano struck out five and walked one to win the first playoff game of his career.

Cincinnati starter Johnny Cueto struggled in his third start since coming off the disabled list last month. Cueto gave up four runs in 3 1-3 innings and appeared rattled by a raucous ballpark that taunted him throughout by chanting his name.

Latos’ wife involved in ballpark skirmish

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh police didn’t dispute Twitter claims by the wife of Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mat Latos that she was punched and had her hair pulled by a fan during the National League wild-card game, but said they consider the matter “closed” and won’t file criminal charges.

Sgt. John Fisher, who headed the 18-officer contingent that augmented stadium security on Tuesday, told reporters the incident was “much ado about nothing. What made it big was it involved a pitcher’s wife and it all went on Twitter.”

At a news conference Wednesday, Fisher told reporters that stadium security called police to break up an argument involving 20 to 30 Cincinnati and Pirates fans at the Budweiser Bowtie Bar inside PNC Park during the Pirates’ 6-2 win Tuesday night.

Police didn’t see Dallas Latos being attacked but interviewed her afterward when a stadium security worker told officers of her claims, which she later tweeted. Latos didn’t have visible injuries and refused medical treatment when she was interviewed by police, Fisher said.

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