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Pirates win back-and-forth battle over Reds

Andrew McCutchen’s eighth inning single drove in the winning run and Joel Hanrahan worked his way into and out of a ninth-inning jam, and the Pirates held on for a 7-6 win over the Reds in Cincinnati. McCutchen, Jose Tabata and Garrett Jones homered in the win.

McCutchen’s RBI single in the eighth off Reds pitcher Logan Ondrusek scored Chris Snyder to put the Pirates up 7-6.

The Reds loaded the bases in the ninth off Joel Hanrahan—who recorded his fifth save but allowed three hits and a walk—but he got Drew Stubbs to fly out to McCutchen to end the game.

The Pirates gave starter Jeff Karstens a four-run cushion right out of the gate. McCutchen and Jose Tabata hit back-to-back homers to lead off the game for the first two runs of the day. Lyle Overbay drew a walk, followed by a Neil Walker double and a Garrett Jones walk to load the bases. Reds starter Edinson Volquez—who walked six on the day—issued his third free pass of the inning, walking Snyder and forcing in Overbay. Ronny Cedeno’s sacrifice fly scored Walker, giving the Pirates a 4-0 lead.

McCutchen and Tabata were only the third Pirate duo to lead off a game with homeruns. Peter Coscarart and James Russell did it against Boston in 1945. Omar Moreno and Johnny Ray were the last to pull the feat, in 1982 against Houston.

The Reds started to chip away at the Pirates’ lead immediately, when Jonny Gomes homered to left-center in the second to get Cincy on the board.

Cincinnati added another run in the fourth when Paul Janish’s single to center scored Jay Bruce.

The Reds chased Karstens and took the lead in the fifth when Miguel Cairo homered to right-center, Scott Rolen’s double scored Joey Votto, and Bruce knocked in Rolen to make the score 5-4 Cincinnati. Karstens lasted 4 1/3 innings, giving up eight hits and five runs. He matched his career high with six strikeouts.

The Pirates responded in the top of the sixth, however, as Garrett Jones went the other way over the leftfield wall and tied the game at 5. With two outs in the inning, shortstop Ronny Cedeno walked and scored on pinch-hitter John Bowker’s double to give the Pirates the lead back.

This lead didn’t last long either, as Bruce went yard off Jose Veras in the seventh to bring the Reds even at 6.

The Reds threatened to take the lead in the eighth when Evan Meek allowed a one-out single to Cairo and issued a walk to Votto. Hanrahan relieved Meek and enticed Rolen to line into a double play on a diving grab by Cedeno. Cairo was doubled off second  

The Reds then loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth, but Hanrahan got Drew Stubbs to fly out, clinching his fifth save in five chances.

Chris Resop (1-0) worked a third of an inning, throwing only two pitches in the seventh, to earn the win.

The series concludes on Monday as Kevin Correia (2-1, 2.70 ERA) faces the Reds’ Travis Wood (1-1, 3.86 ERA).

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