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Reds inch closer to playoffs with 4-1 win over Pirates

The loss was the Pirates seventh in a row.
Credit: AP
Cincinnati Reds' Tucker Barnhart (16) celebrates with Shogo Akiyama (4) after hitting a home run during the second inning of the team's baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Cincinnati, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

CINCINNATI — Tucker Barnhart hit a home run and Brian Goodwin prevented one with a leaping catch as the Cincinnati Reds extended their winning streak to a season-high four games with a 4-1 victory Tuesday night over the Pittsburgh Pirates. 

Michael Lorenzen looked sharp in a spot start, helping Cincinnati inch closer to a playoff spot. 

The third-place Reds went into the game higher than fourth in the NL Central for the first time since they were tied with Milwaukee for third on Aug. 23.

 They were 1 1/2 games behind second-place St. Louis and ninth in the overall National League standings, one game behind the Giants for the final postseason berth.  

The loss was the Pirates seventh in a row.

The teams will play again on Wednesday at 6:40 p.m.