After the Reds saw their three-run seventh-inning lead evaporate,
Frazier smacked a 2-0 fastball from Jason Grilli (0-2) off the back
wall in straightaway center for his team-leading 16th home run to
lead off the ninth. Logan Ondrusek (2-2) tossed 1 1/3 innings to get
the decision while Aroldis Chapman stranded a pair of runners in the
ninth for his 12th save, but not before Clint Barmes flew out to the
warning track to end the game.
Joey Votto drove in three runs, Billy Hamilton had three hits and
Frazier added two more as the Reds (34-35) moved one game with .500
for the first time since May 4. Gregory Polanco went 1-for-4 to
become the first Pirate since Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente in 1955
to hit safely in each of his first seven major-league games while
Josh Harrison (career high-tying four hits) and Russell Martin
(reached base four times) each finished with two RBIs.
Cincinnati scored in the opening frame for the fifth straight game
as Hamilton led off with a double, stole third and came home on
Votto’s single to right. After starting a 4-3 double play to help
Pittsburgh get out of the top half of the second, Harrison evened it
up when he doubled to the warning track into the gap in right-center
to plate Martin.
After Martin drew a bases-loaded walk in the third, the Reds pulled
ahead when Ryan Ludwick singled home a run and Brayan Pena pushed
across Jay Bruce with a fielder's choice on the next pitch in the
fourth. Votto made it 5-2 with a two-run single in the top of the
seventh, but the Pirates rallied in the bottom half when Ike Davis,
Martin and Harrison all singled up the middle to bring in a run to
forge the third tie of the game.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Pittsburgh CF Andrew McCutchen went 1-for-4 to
extend his hitting streak to 12 games, but saw his multi-hit streak
stopped at eight - falling short of becoming the first Pirate since
Rennie Stennett in 1971 to record nine straight multi-hit games. …
The Reds had failed in their eight attempts to get within one game
of .500. … Pittsburgh's bullpen has surrendered at least three runs
in each of the last four contests.
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