Bethancourt's 9th-inning HR lifts Braves past Pirates, 5-4
SPORTS - Atlanta Braves
ATLANTA (AP) - Christian Bethancourt lined Vance Worley's first pitch in the ninth inning over the right-field wall for his first career homer, lifting the Atlanta Braves to a 5-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night.
Bethancourt had three hits, including the drive off Worley (2-4). The ball, curving toward the foul pole, cleared the wall beyond the reach of right fielder Gregory Polanco.
Polanco had three hits, including a two-run single off Jim Johnson in the eighth that tied the score at 4.
Jason Grilli (1-2) pitched a perfect inning and the Braves ended Pittsburgh's four-game winning streak.
Chris Johnson hit his first homer of the season in the second for Atlanta.
Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run homer in the fourth for a 2-all tie.