National League Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Cincinnati|
(Saturday, August 4th)
Final Score: Cincinnati 5, Pittsburgh 4
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Scott Rolen tripled and scored in the bottom
of the eighth inning to lift the Cincinnati Reds over the Pittsburgh Pirates,
5-4, in the middle test of a three-game series at Great American Ball Park.
Todd Frazier's RBI groundout brought home Rolen, who also knocked in a pair of
runs, as the Reds earned their fifth straight win and their 15th victory in 16
Jonathan Broxton (1-0) earned the win with a scoreless inning of relief while
Aroldis Chapman stranded the tying run on second base in the ninth to secure
his 25th save of the year.
Jared Hughes (2-1) allowed the deciding run for the Pirates, who have lost
four of their last six to fall to 5 1/2 games behind the Reds for the top spot
in the NL Central.
Michael McKenry and Josh Harrison each hit solo home runs in defeat.
"Both sides played tough. It was like a playoff atmosphere here," Reds manger
Dusty Baker said.
The game entered the eighth inning tied at 4-4 after the Pirates had overcome
a pair of two-run deficits, but Cincinnati was able to get back on top
following Rolen's leadoff triple to deep center field that Andrew McCutchen
could not get a handle on at the wall.
Frazier followed with a high chopper to second base to bring home the deciding
Chapman took the mound for the ninth and allowed a one-out single to Harrison,
who advanced to second on a wild pitch during a Starling Marte strikeout.
But Chapman won a nine-pitch battle with Gaby Sanchez when
the pinch-hitter swung through a 100 mph fastball to close out the game.
"We're not going to quit. We're going to keep showing up," Pirates manager
Clint Hurdle said. "This is a part of the season that is fun and challenging.
You don't like the end result at the end of the night, but you know that just
has to push you farther to do a little bit better."
After Pittsburgh stranded a man on second in the top of the first inning, the
Reds got on the board in the bottom of the frame following Zack Cozart's
leadoff single and a throwing error by third baseman Pedro Alvarez on a Drew
Stubbs bunt that placed runners on second and third.
Pirates starter James McDonald almost escaped the jam by striking out Jay
Bruce and Ryan Ludwick, but Rolen slapped a first-pitch single to right field,
plating Cozart and Stubbs for a 2-0 lead.
The Pirates answered with a run in the second on McKenry's leadoff home run to
left field before tying the game in the third when Alex Presley hit a triple
high off the wall in right field and came home on Neil Walker's sacrifice fly
Cincinnati, though, quickly regained the lead in the home half when Stubbs
singled, advanced to second on a Bruce base hit and came home on Ludwick's
line drive double off the wall in left.
Two batters later, Frazier's infield single scored Bruce to give the Reds a
Pittsburgh got back within one in the fourth inning with Harrison's solo shot
The Pirates then managed to tie the game again in the sixth thanks to a wild
pitch by Reds starter Mike Leake on a strikeout by Alvarez that allowed
Garrett Jones, who opened the inning with a double, to advance to third.
Alvarez took first on the play, which would have accounted for the second out
of the inning, and Travis Snider followed with a sacrifice fly to center field
to bring home Jones and knot the game, 4-4.
Hurdle was ejected in the second inning for arguing with umpire Brian Gorman
after both benches were warned when Harrison was hit by a pitch...Cincinnati
now leads the season series between the teams, 6-5...Leake allowed four runs
on six hits and a walk with seven strikeouts over six innings...McDonald
surrendered four runs -- three earned -- on seven hits through six full
frames. He walked one and struck out seven.
08/05 00:56:05 ET