CINCINNATI REDS

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Russell Martin homered twice, Marlon Byrd also connected and the Pittsburgh Pirates roared past Cincinnati for a 6-2 victory in the NL wild-card game Tuesday night.

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As the Nationals hold on to a slim chance of making the playoffs, they are keeping an eye on the series between the Pirates and Reds up in Pittsburgh.

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It's often dangerous trying to read too much into a pitcher's first inning on the mound. Some guys might retire the side in short order, then get rocked later.

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