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Jordy Mercer

Pirates clinch home field in National League wild-card game with 4-0 victory over Reds

PITTSBURGH _ J.A. Happ wasn't yet a Pirate on May 20, when the Pirates lost a 13-inning game against the Minnesota Twins. Their record was 18-22. They were nine games out of first place.tmpplchld "If I'd asked any one of you at the end of April if we would be in a position to win 98 games," general manager Neal Huntington told reporters prior to Sunday's game, "I don't think there would have been very many takers on that bet."tmpplchld After losing to the Twins, the Pirates went on a seven-game winning streak. They went 80-42 after the 18-22 start, culminating their season with a 4-0 victory against the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday at PNC Park.tmpplchld They...