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CINCINNATI - After a sizzling surge toward the top, the Pirates lost one that they really could have used for a shot at the title. Derek Barnett Jersey .The Pirates NL Central chances suffered a setback when Todd Frazier had a tying two-run homer in the seventh inning and Ramon Santiago hit a grand slam in the 10th, powering the Cincinnati Reds to a 10-6 victory on Saturday.Pittsburgh started the day a game behind first-place St. Louis and could have pulled into a tie with a win. The Cardinals lost at Arizona 5-2 later Saturday. Instead, it comes down to the final day of the regular season on Sunday.Even if they fail to win the division title, the Pirates have already clinched at least a wild card and would host that game on Wednesday.Wonderfully crazy, like the season, manager Clint Hurdle said.The Pirates will either host the Giants in the wild card game, with the winner facing the Nationals, or open the division series at the Dodgers on Friday.Jordy Mercer homered, and Neil Walker drove in three runs with a bases-loaded single and a triple as the Pirates pulled ahead 6-4 but couldnt hold on.John Axford (0-1) walked Frazier to open the 10th and gave up Chris Heiseys single and another walk with one out. Left-hander Bobby LaFromboise relieved, retired Bryan Pena on a shallow fly out, then gave up Santiagos first career grand slam.Dylan Axelrod (2-1) retired the side in the top of the 10th.We couldnt close it out in the seventh, which weve been pretty efficient at doing, Hurdle said.For the second year in a row, the Pirates are finishing the regular season in Cincinnati on a playoff surge. Last year, they swept a three-game series at Great American Ball Park to clinch home-field advantage in the wild card game, and then beat the Reds at PNC Park in that one, too.The Pirates latest push includes 13 wins in the last 17 games. The loss on Saturday stalled their climb toward the top a€” they havent been in first place since April 8 a€” and gave the Cardinals some room.The Reds snapped a club-record streak of 45 consecutive losses when they allowed at least six runs in a game. Their bullpen got its first win since the All-Star break a€” Reds relievers are 1-17 over that span.The Reds are 24-42 since the All-Star break. Theyll at least tie the club record for fewest wins since the All-Star game. The 1933 team won 25 for the previous mark.Pittsburgh had to overcome a rare off-day by Francisco Liriano, who gave up five runs in five innings. It was only the second time in 14 starts since the All-Star break that hed allowed more than two runs. He remained 0-5 career in the regular season against the Reds, although he beat them in the wild-card game last season.It just wasnt his top-shelf game, Hurdle said.Liriano struggled to get his fastball where he wanted.I was trying too hard, I think, he said. I was trying to make perfect pitches.Starling Marte extended his hitting streak to 12 games, matching his career high. Josh Harrison extended his hitting streak to a career-high 15 games, the longest by a Pirate in two years.JOCKETTY STAYSThe Reds extended GM Walt Jockettys contract for two years through the 2016 season. His status was the last major question heading into the off-season. Jocketty was elevated to the job in 2008.NO SWEATSimon hit a grounder to second baseman Neil Walker in the second inning, jogged a few steps down the line and turned toward the dugout while the ball was still in play.STATSMercers 12 homers are the most by a Pirates shortstop since Pat Meares hit 13 in 2000. ... Harrisons 15-game hitting streak is the longest by a Pirate since Neil Walker hit safely in 17 straight in 2012. ... Simon was 12-3 when he was picked for his first All-Star game. In 14 starts the rest of the way, he went 3-7.TRAINERS ROOMPirates: Catcher Russell Martin was out of the lineup with a sore left hamstring that began bothering him on Wednesday.Reds: Center fielder Billy Hamilton was out of the lineup and wont play on Sunday, either, because of a concussion suffered on Wednesday. Hamilton leads all NL rookies in runs, hits, doubles, stolen bases and RBIs.ON DECKPirates: Gerrit Cole (11-5) tries to extend his streak. The right-hander has won each of his last four starts.Reds: Johnny Cueto (19-9) tries to become the Reds first 20-game winner since left-hander Danny Jackson in 1988 and the first Reds right-hander since Sammy Ellis in 1965.___Follow Joe Kay on Twitter: http://twitter.com/apjoekay Sidney Jones Eagles Jersey . Bach, a 59-year-old German lawyer, was elected Tuesday as president of the International Olympic Committee. He succeeds Jacques Rogge, who stepped down after 12 years. Bach, the longtime favourite, defeated five candidates in a secret ballot for the most influential job in international sports, keeping the presidency in European hands. Donnel Pumphrey Eagles Jersey . After a 10-game skid, winning sure feels good. Atlantas third error in the last two innings allowed Jackie Bradley Jr. http://www.theeaglesfootballauthentic.com/eagles-rasul-douglas-black-jersey/ . -- Canadas Milos Raonic defeated Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France on Saturday to advance to the third round of the BNP Paribas Open.College Station, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - For the first time since 2010, a top-ranked team will invade Reed Arena, as the Texas A&M Aggies play host to the No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats in an SEC showdown on Saturday afternoon. John Caliparis Wildcats are 14-0 on the year, the teams best start since the 2009-10 campaign (19-0). Most have come in lopsided affairs, but not all have been easy. The teams undefeated season almost came to an end in the SEC opener, as Kentucky needed overtime to outlast a tough Ole Miss squad, 89-86. Billy Kennedys Aggies are off to a 9-4 start, but three of those losses have come in the last six games. Texas A&M also began its league slate on Tuesday, but the outcome was less than desirable, a 65-44 whipping by Alabama in Tuscaloosa. UK holds just a 4-2 edge in the all-time series with Texas A&M and won the last meeting, a 68-51 decision in late January of last year. The Rebels had their chances to knock off the Wildcats last time out, but Kentucky won the battle, overcoming 13 ties and eight lead changes to remain perfect on the year. Kentucky showed some long-range acumen by hitting 11- of-20 from behind the arc in the win. Aaron Harrison led five Wildcats in double figures with 26 points. Devin Booker checked in with 13 points, followed by Andrew Harrison (12 pts), Karl-Anthony Towns (11 pts) and Trey Lyles (10 pts). Willie Cauley-Stein netted seven points in the win, but did record 12 rebounds and four blocks. Defense is the name of the game in Lexington this season. Kentucky is holding foes to a meager 50.6 ppg, as opponents are shooting a dreadful .311 from the floor, including just .284 from 33-point range. Donnel Pumphrey Jersey. The team is also boasting of a +9.8 rebounding margin and leads the nation in blocked shots, both overall (114) and per game (8.1). Aaron Harrison and Booker are the only two players currently averaging double-digit scoring at 11.4 and 10.2 ppg, respectively. However, Cauley-Stein (9.9 ppg), Towns (8.4 ppg) and Dakari Johnson (8.3 ppg) arent far off the mark. The Aggies are by no means an offensive juggernaut at a modest 68.1 ppg, but the team is shooting an efficient .465 from the floor. The team also holds a narrow positive margin in rebounding (+3.2 rpg). Jalen Jones missed the last game with an ankle injury, but remains the teams top offensive threat at 13.3 ppg. He also tops A&M in rebounding (6.0 rpg) Jones is listed as questionable for this contest. Danuel House has missed a couple of games as well and ranks second on the team with 11.4 ppg. Alex Caruso and Kourtney Roberson provide some scoring depth with 8.2 and 8.1 ppg, respectively. The Aggies were at a distinct disadvantage on the road at Alabama without their top scorer on the floor. That was certainly evident, as the team netted a meager 44 points and shot a poor .308 from the floor overall against the Crimson Tide. It was a tight game in the first half, as A&M trailed by just three points at the break (27-24). However, the Aggies went just 6-of-26 from the field over the final 20 minutes, ending any hope at a competitive game in the end. Peyton Allen was the only player to notch double figures in the loss, netting 13 points off the bench. House was a dreadful 1-of-9 from the floor and finished with just five points. 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