Originally written on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 9/4/13
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The Pittsburgh Pirates have ended their run of 20 straight consecutive losing seasons - the longest in North American professional sports history. The Pirates can next cement a winning record if they complete their first sweep at Miller Park in over nine years. They'll send Francisco Liriano to the mound Wednesday night when they try to hand the Milwaukee Brewers a sixth straight loss. Pittsburgh (81-57) ended two decades of frustration Tuesday when pinch-hitter Travis Snider hit a tiebreaking homer in the ninth inning of a 4-3 victory. The Pirates last finished with a non-losing record in 1992 when they won 96 games and a third straight NL East title. "It was on our to-do list," manager Clint Hurdle said. "We'll move on from here. Our plans are continue to play and compete and go further." Ironically, the Brewers (59-79) ended 12 straight losing seasons in 2005 by earning win No. 81 in Pittsburgh. The Pirates boosted their NL Central lead to two games over St. Louis - where P...
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