National League Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Cincinnati|
(Wednesday, June 6th)
Final Score: Cincinnati 5, Pittsburgh 4
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Johnny Cueto worked 7 2/3 solid innings on
the mound and the Cincinnati Reds held on for a 5-4 victory over the
Pittsburgh Pirates in the middle test of a three-game series at Great American
Cueto (6-3) allowed three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out six
to earn the victory. Sean Marshall got the final out in the eighth and Aroldis
Chapman blew away the Bucs in the ninth to record his sixth save of the
Brandon Phillips went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, Ryan Ludwick ripped a
three-run double and Ryan Hanigan added an RBI single for the Reds, who
snapped a brief two-game skid.
Andrew McCutchen belted a three-run homer and Neil Walker chipped in with an
RBI base hit for the Pirates, who had a two-game winning streak snapped.
Brad Lincoln (3-1) allowed five runs on six hits and two walks to go with five
strikeouts to take the loss.
Cincinnati opened the scoring in the second when Phillips led of the frame by
blasting a fastball out over the plate from Lincoln over the wall in right-
center field to give the Reds the early lead.
The Reds gave themselves some breathing room with four runs in the fourth to
extend the lead to a comfortable 5-0 cushion. Joey Votto started the rally
with a base hit. Phillips singled and Todd Frazier walked following a Jay
Bruce strikeout to load the bases with one down. Ludwick launched a double
into the left-center field gap to plate three and Hanigan followed with a
single into right to score Ludwick.
"I looked for a pitch to drive, just like every other at-bat," Ludwick said.
"It just worked out in that at-bat and I got it done."
Pittsburgh got back into the game with four runs in the eighth. Rod Barajas
began the frame with a double and pinch-hitter Pedro Alvarez followed with a
base hit. Cueto recovered to retire the next two hitters, but allowed an RBI
single to Walker, which pulled the Pirates within four and spelled the end of
Logan Ondrusek came in and was greeted by McCutchen, who ripped an 0-1
fastball over the wall in right-center field to make it a one-run contest.
Marshall then came in and got Jose Tabata to groundout, preserving the lead
for the Reds.
Chapman got Matt Hague to ground out before fanning Casey McGehee and Barajas
to end the game.
"We stayed around," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "We hung around and
we got close. At least we're playing good ball, we're battling. We dug
ourselves a little bit bigger hole than we needed to tonight."
With two strikeouts in the ninth, Chapman has struck out eight of the last
nine batters he has faced and has at least one strikeout in all 24 of his
appearances this season...The Pirates have hit at least one home run in four
consecutive games and have 12 long balls in their last eight games played in
Cincinnati...The Reds went 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position and
stranded six, while Pittsburgh was 3-for-5 with men in scoring position and
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