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McCutchen Homers In Pirates’ 5-2 Win Over Braves

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Centerfielder Andrew McCutchen No. 22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates is congratulated by infielder Steve Pearce No. 51 after McCutchen's two-run home run in the ninth inning during the game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on July 28, 2011 in Atlanta, Ga. The Pirates beat the Braves 5-2. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

Centerfielder Andrew McCutchen No. 22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates is congratulated by infielder Steve Pearce No. 51 after McCutchen’s two-run home run in the ninth inning during the game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on July 28, 2011 in Atlanta, Ga. The Pirates beat the Braves 5-2. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

ATLANTA (KDKA/AP) — The Pirates split their four-game series with the Atlanta Braves, beating them 5-2 Thursday night at Turner Field.

The game stopped because of a 47-minute rain delay when it was tied 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Andrew McCutchen a double in the fifth inning and a two-run home run in the ninth inning to lift the Pirates to a win.

McCutchen met with Pirates Skipper Clint Hurdle before Thursday’s game. Hurdle said he asked McCutchen

to compare video of his swing from recent games and when he was having more success.

The quick study must have helped. McCutchen had a first-inning single before snapping a 1-all tie with his fifth-inning double off Derek Lowe (6-9).

The Pirates improved their record to 54-49.

Kevin Correia (12-8, 4.31 ERA) allowed nine hits and two runs over 6 1/3 innings. He struck out three batters.

Joel Hanrahan earned his 30th save.

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