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Russell Martin’s two homers help Pirates beat Reds in NL wild-card game

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PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates went 21 years between playoff games. The wait will be significantly shorter this time around.

Russell Martin homered twice, Francisco Liriano was dominant for seven innings, and the Pittsburgh Pirates roared past Cincinnati for a 6-2 victory in the NL wild-card game Tuesday night.

In front of a black-clad crowd savoring its first postseason game since 1992, Marlon Byrd also connected and Andrew McCutchen had two hits and reached base four times for Pittsburgh.

‘‘We’re for real,’’ McCutchen said. ‘‘We’re definitely for real.’’

Liriano scattered four hits for the Pirates, who will face St. Louis in Game 1 of the NL Division Series Thursday. Liriano struck out five and walked one to win the first playoff game of his career.

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