Final Score: Pittsburgh 5, Cincinnati 3
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Pedro Alvarez's three-run double in the top
of the seventh inning helped the Pittsburgh Pirates defeat the Cincinnati
Reds, 5-3, in the finale of a four-game series.
Alvarez drove in all of Pittsburgh's runs Thursday afternoon. The third
baseman went 3-for-4 with a home run.
"The last few days there have been a lot of strikeouts, but we try to take the
positive in everything. I think we have been doing a pretty good job of
working some pitchers and making them throw a lot of pitches. I think that
pays off later in the game," said Alvarez.
Brandon Cumpton went five innings for Pittsburgh in his second major league
start. He allowed two runs -- one earned -- on five hits with one walk and
Bryan Morris (4-2) picked up the win for Pittsburgh after coming on for
Cumpton in the sixth inning. He allowed one run on three hits with two
strikeouts before handing the ball over to Tony Watson, who picked up his
second save of the season after tossing the final two frames.
Cincinnati starter Homer Bailey gave up two runs on six hits with eight
strikeouts in six innings of work. Alfredo Simon (5-3) was charged with the
loss after allowing three runs while recording just one out in the seventh.
"We kind of kept them at bay as long as we could and then you know Pedro
Alvarez had an unbelievable day," said Bailey.
Jay Bruce hit his 15th home run of the season for the Reds.
With the game tied at 2-2, the Pirates loaded the bases in the top of the
seventh before Alvarez emptied them with a line-drive double to right.
Cincinnati's Jack Hannahan grounded out to score Zack Cozart from third base
in the bottom of the inning. Shin-Soo Choo then bunted and reached second
after Pittsburgh catcher Michael McKenry threw the ball past first baseman
Gaby Sanchez for an error.
Xavier Paul flew out to left field, however, stranding a runner in scoring
position and ending Cincinnati's threat.
The Reds appeared to be in trouble early on in the top of the first, when
Bailey gave up a leadoff double to Starling Marte, who then stole third base
before Andrew McCutchen was hit with a pitch. However, the right-hander
bounced back with three straight strikeouts.
Joey Votto started the scoring when he delivered Shin-Soo Choo from second in
the bottom of the first to put the Reds up 1-0.
In the top of the third, Alvarez singled to right to bring in McCutchen from
third base to tie the game.
Bruce hit a solo home run to center field in the bottom of the fourth to put
Cincinnati back ahead, but Alvarez tied the game in top of the sixth with a
solo home run to right field -- his 16th of the year.
Cumpton struck out the first four batters he faced in his first major league
start. He was the first to start his career with such a streak since Pete
Richert of the Dodgers on April 12, 1962 ... Alvarez's solo home run was his
sixth home run in the month of June ... Bruce has hit the Reds' last three
home runs and has five in Cincinnati's last seven games.
06/20 18:02:23 ET
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