National League Game Summary - Cincinnati at Pittsburgh|
(Friday, April 12th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 6, Cincinnati 5
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Andrew McCutchen's homer in the bottom of
the seventh inning was the difference as Pittsburgh edged Cincinnati, 6-5, in
the opener of a three-game series.
McCutchen finished with two hits and three RBI, while Neil Walker drove in a
pair of runs for the Pirates, who have won three of four.
Tony Watson (1-0) gave up two runs in the top of the seventh, but still picked
up the win in relief. Jason Grilli stranded two in the ninth to close out the
game and earn his fourth save.
Brandon Phillips homered twice and Devin Mesoraco knocked in two runs for the
Reds, losers of three straight games.
J.J. Hoover (0-1) was charged with the loss after giving up McCutchen's
deciding blast while recording only one out in the seventh.
"He one of the best players in the league," Reds manager Dusty Baker said of
McCutchen greeted Hoover rudely, as his second home run of the year just
cleared the wall in left to give the Pirates a 6-5 edge.
"I was able to get a good pitch and hit it out," McCutchen said simply.
Mark Melancon turned in a placid eighth inning, but Grilli made it tough on
himself in the ninth.
He gave up a one-out single to Shin-Soo Choo, then Chris Heisey reached first
on a fielder's choice ahead of a walk to Joey Votto which left two on.
However, Phillips fanned swinging to end the game.
Russell Martin's two-out RBI single in the home first put the Bucs on the
board, but a leadoff solo shot from Phillips in the second evened the game.
Pittsburgh plated four in the home half, thanks to consecutive two-run singles
by Walker and McCutchen, to take a 5-1 lead.
In the Cincinnati fourth, Jay Bruce hit a leadoff single, moved up on a Jack
Hannahan base hit and later crossed the plate on a Mesoraco groundout.
Mesoraco's double in the sixth plated Zack Cozart to pull the Reds within 5-3,
then a one-out walk to Heisey in the seventh preceded a two-run blast from
Phillips off Watson which tied the game.
Bucs starter A.J. Burnett allowed six hits and three runs with eight
strikeouts and three walks over six innings. Reds counterpart Mike Leake
also lasted six frames, giving up 10 hits and five runs ... Pirates left
fielder and leadoff hitter Starling Marte extended his streak of multi-hit
games to six straight, going 12-for-25 in that span, and has reached base
safely in nine of Pittsburgh's first 10 games ... Prior to the contest,
the Bucs recalled pitcher Bryan Morris from Triple-A Indianapolis and
designated pitcher Chris Leroux for assignment.
04/13 01:27:27 ET