National League Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Cincinnati|
(Tuesday, June 5th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 8, Cincinnati 4
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Clint Barmes went 3-for-4 with three RBI and
Neil Walker hit a two-run homer to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to an 8-4 win
over the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a three-game set at Great American
Alex Presley homered, tripled and scored twice while Casey McGehee homered and
drove in two for the Pirates, winners in eight of their last 10.
A.J. Burnett (5-2) gave up three runs on five hits and struck out eight over
five frames to win his fourth straight start.
Joel Hanrahan stranded two runners in the ninth to pick up his 15th save of
the year, as the Pirates moved within two games of the first-place Reds in the
Joey Votto drove in two runs while Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier each drove in a
run for the Reds, losers in three of their last five.
Homer Bailey (4-4) lasted just three innings after giving up six runs on eight
The Reds wasted no time and jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first. Zack
Cozart singled to open the inning, stole second and scored on Votto's single.
Drew Stubbs, who walked prior to Votto's single, scored on Bruce's sacrifice
fly in the next at-bat.
The Pirates answered back in the second to even the score. Garrett Jones hit a
lead-off single, stole second before moving to third when Matt Hague grounded
out. McGehee followed with a single that plated Jones. Rod Barajas grounded
into to a fielder's choice then scored when Barmes roped a double to left-
Pittsburgh added four in the third to go ahead 6-2. Presley tripled before
Walker clobbered a homer to center to open the frame. A Hague single followed
by back-to-back walks issued to McGehee and Barajas loaded the bases. Barmes
singled to left-center to make it a four-run cushion.
"I knew I squared it up," Walker said. "Any time it's hit to the central part
of the park you're not quite sure. But I knew I hit it about as well as I hit
a ball all year."
McGehee's solo homer in the fifth and Presley's blast in the sixth expanded
the margin to six runs.
"It was good to score," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "But I think if you
got any history here of this ball park and (the Reds), I mean, there were
situations in this game that with one swing of the bat it could have tightened
Cincinnati added one in the home half of the sixth. Bruce walked, moved to
third on a Chris Heisey single then scored on Frazier's sacrifice fly.
The Reds wasted a bases-loaded opportunity in the seventh when Heisey fanned
to end the inning.
Votto added an RBI single in the ninth. The Reds put two men in scoring
position later in the frame, but Heisey struck out to end the game.
"We left quite a few men on base tonight," Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker
said. "The big blow was the bases loaded, two-out single by Barmes. That was
Prior the game there was a moment of silence and video tribute to
in honor of former Reds pitcher Pedro Borbon, who died Monday at age 65...The
Pirates are 6-1 dating back to last season at Great American Ball
Park....Pittsburgh is 20-1 when leading after six innings...Votto extended his
hitting streak to 11 games...The Reds were 2-for-13 with runners in scoring
position and stranded 11 runners.
06/06 00:41:35 ET