Devin Mesoraco belted a solo homer off Tony Watson (5-1) to
ignite a string of five consecutive hits with two outs in the eighth
inning. Ramon Santiago added an RBI single to forge a 5-5 tie before
Pena stepped up as a pinch hitter and deposited a 1-1 fastball into
center field to plate Chris Heisey.
Santiago had an RBI double and joined Billy Hamilton with three hits
and a run scored for the Reds, who have claimed eight of the 11
meetings versus Pittsburgh this season. Curtis Partch (1-0) picked
up the win despite issuing three walks in one inning of work while
Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in the ninth to secure his 20th
Pedro Alvarez belted a three-run homer and Andrew McCutchen also
went deep in the fourth inning for the Pirates. McCutchen added a
double to lead off the sixth and came around to score on Russell
Martin's single as Pittsburgh bolted out to a 5-1 advantage.
Hamilton avoided a tag to reach on a bunt in the first and came
around to score when Zack Cozart ripped a first-pitch fastball from
Jeff Locke into left field for a double. McCutchen answered with a
solo shot in the fourth, and Neil Walker and Martin quickly got
aboard before Alvarez deposited a 2-0 fastball from Mat Latos over
the wall in right field.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Latos yielded four runs - three earned - on three
hits in five innings before departing with lower back spasms. ...
McCutchen has belted 18 homers versus the Reds since 2009, the most
by any player against the club in the majors. ... Cincinnati INF
Skip Schmuaker was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list
prior to the contest. The team recalled OF-1B Donald Lutz from
Triple-A Louisville to fill the available roster spot.
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