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Braves complete two-game sweep of Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Brooks Conrad hit a pinch-hit two-run homer in the 11th inning and the Atlanta Braves topped Pittsburgh 4-2 on Wednesday to complete a two-game sweep of the Pirates.

With pinch-runner Wilkin Ramirez on first and one out, Conrad hit a 1-2 pitch from Jeff Karstens (3-3) into a sliver of seats in right-center for his first home run of the season and fifth career pinch-hit homer.

Eric Hinske hit a solo homer and Jordan Schafer and Alex Gonzalez each had two hits for the Braves, who have won three of four and got a strong outing from rookie Mike Minor in a spot start for Tim Hudson.

Steve Pearce homered for the first time in 20 months and went 3-for-5 with two RBI for Pittsburgh, which has lost three straight.

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