Final Score: Cincinnati 6, Pittsburgh 3
Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Kristopher Negron hit a three-run homer
and Todd Frazier added a two-run shot, as Cincinnati took down Pittsburgh,
6-3, in the rubber match of a three-game series.
Chris Heisey doubled twice among his three hits, while Devin Mesoraco hit
safely twice and drove in the other run for the Reds, who won the set and head
into the All-Star break with seven wins in their last nine outings.
Johnny Cueto (10-6) produced his 18th quality start of the season, allowing
three runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and two walks over six effective
innings. Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in the ninth for his 21st save.
Neil Walker homered and drove in two for the Pirates, losers in five of their
last seven. Josh Harrison added an RBI in defeat.
Activated from the 15-day DL prior to the contest, Francisco Liriano (1-7)
walked six over four full frames and permitted three runs on as many hits in
"I was a little excited going out to pitch," Liriano said of his first start
since June 10. "I tried to do too much."
The Reds gained some separation in the home sixth, as Billy Hamilton singled
against Vance Worley, and two batters later a line-drive shot that barely
cleared the wall in right from Frazier provided a 6-3 advantage. Cincy later
had runners on first and second, but Brayan Pena fanned to limit the damage.
Jumbo Diaz, Jonathan Broxton and Chapman combined to retire the final nine
Cincinnati jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second. Heisey doubled, Mesoraco
worked a one-out walk and Negron's first career homer -- an opposite-field
blast -- landed just over the wall in right.
"Negron is a tempo guy," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "You could tell it was
a surreal moment for him because he was flying around the bases. It was a
Pittsburgh picked up a run in the fourth, as Andrew McCutchen turned a bloop
to right into a triple and scored when Walker grounded to short.
The visitors climbed back within a run in the fifth. Pedro Alvarez led off
with a walk, Travis Snider walked two batters later and, following a 56-minute
delay, Harrison's two-out hit scored Alvarez.
Mesoraco doubled home Jay Bruce in the home fifth, but a solo shot from Walker
to begin the sixth made it 4-3.
Cincinnati finished 8-3 on their homestand, and upped its record against
Pittsburgh this season to 9-4 ... Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon was named to
replace Cueto on the NL All-Star roster ... Chapman has fanned at least one
batter in 41 straight appearances, and has struck out the side eight times in
2014 ... Harrison improved to eight for his last 14 with runners in scoring
position ... The Bucs optioned infielder Matt Hague was optioned to Triple-A
Indianapolis to make room for Liriano on the active roster.
07/13 19:02:08 ET
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