- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 12, 2009

CINCINNATI (AP) - The Pittsburgh Pirates pulled off their first triple play in 16 years in the eighth inning of their game against the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.

With Brandon Phillips on second base, Jay Bruce on first and the Reds leading 2-0, Edwin Encarnacion hit a blooper into short left field that was easily caught by shortstop Jack Wilson.

Phillips, running on the pitch, was around third base and was out when Wilson threw to Freddy Sanchez at second base. Bruce was already at second, and Sanchez threw to first baseman Adam LaRoche to complete the triple play.

It was the first triple play for the Pirates since Aug. 10, 1993, at St. Louis, and the first time the Reds had hit into a triple play since April 21, 2007, against Philadelphia.

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