National League Game Summary - Cincinnati at Pittsburgh|
(Wednesday, May 30th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 2, Cincinnati 1
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Reds shortstop Zack Cozart hit a double to
start the night, but A.J. Burnett allowed almost nothing after that in the
Pirates' 2-1 win in the rubber match of a three-game series Wednesday.
Burnett (4-2) went seven strong innings, allowing only two hits and one
unearned run. After Cozart's leadoff double, the next Reds hit came from Chris
Heisey to leadoff the seventh inning.
"We couldn't muster back-to-back hits," Reds Manager Dusty Baker said. "We
really couldn't have, really, any hits."
Matt Hague came through with a clutch two-out double that scored Neil Walker
and Garrett Jones in the sixth inning.
"That's a big swing of the bat for us," Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said.
"Shows some growth in a
Johnny Cueto (5-3) kept Cincinnati in front for most of the night, allowing
only two runs on five hits in seven innings.
"He's matched up with a bunch of real good pitchers," Baker said. "He
certainly could have had a chance to win that."
Heisey and Joey Votto delivered back-to-back singles with one out in the
ninth, but Joel Hanrahan struck out Miguel Cairo and Ryan Hanigan to close the
door on his 13th save of the year.
The Reds took an early 1-0 lead when Cozart scored in the first. After his
ground-rule double, Drew Stubbs attempted a sacrifice, but Pedro Alvarez
failed to field it cleanly and both runners were safe. Jay Bruce lined out to
first before Brandon Phillips lofted a fly ball into left field, deep enough
to score Cozart.
"[Burnett] kept us in it at the time," Hurdle said. "Kept their momentum at a
The Pirates were quiet until the sixth inning, when Walker worked a two-out
walk. After Jones singled, Hague delivered the decisive blow in the win.
Jason Grilli pitched a scoreless eighth, striking out two, before Hanrahan
closed out the game.
Burnett got his first hit since 2009 with a single in the fifth inning...Since
allowing 12 runs in 2 2/3 innings against the Cardinals on May 2, Burnett has
allowed seven runs in 34 1/3...The Reds fell to 13-4 in series this
season...Cueto pitched his team-leading eighth quality start, tying Homer
Bailey...The Pirates won 15 games in May for the first time since 2008...The
Pirates concluded their nine-game homestand with a 6-3 record...Burnett has a
1.03 ERA (35 1/3 innings, four earned runs) at PNC Park this season. He has
won his last three starts...Pittsburgh's Jordy Mercer picked up first major
league hit in the first inning, a single.
05/31 00:57:20 ET