Reds survive roller coaster, beat PiratesAug 20, 2011 - 5:39 AM
With the score tied at eight, the Reds pushed across three runs in the ninth. Joel Hanrahan (0-2) walked Joey Votto to start the inning. Dave Sappelt singled two batters later to put men on the corners with one out. Drew Stubbs followed with a grounder to second baseman Neil Walker, who went home with the throw. Catcher Ryan Doumit was unable to make the catch, which allowed the go- ahead run to score. Hanigan hit a two-run single up the middle to account for the final margin.
"It boils down to the leadoff walk, you can't have that in a situation like that. You have to get the first guy out," Hanrahan admitted.
Francisco Cordero tossed a perfect ninth for his 25th save of the season.
Brandon Phillips went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer and four RBI for the Reds, who have won two of three. Votto added a two-run homer and Hanigan hit a solo home run.
Brandon Wood went 2-for-4 with three RBI for the Pirates, who have lost two in a row and five of seven overall.
The opener of this three-game set featured 19 runs and 28 hits. It was also delayed by 41 minutes at the start by rain.
Votto broke a scoreless tie with a two-run homer in the fourth.
The Pirates promptly responded with two runs in the home half to tie the game. Andrew McCutchen and Walker singled and Ryan Ludwick walked to load the bases with one out. Wood brought home McCutchen with a sacrifice fly. Ronny Cedeno followed with an RBI single to left-center field. Stubbs made a nice diving catch in center field to keep it a 2-2 game.
Cincinnati used a four-run fifth to create some distance. Hanigan got the frame started with a homer to left. Paul Janish then hit a double to the left field corner. Homer Bailey reached base on a sac bunt to put men on first and third. Phillips stepped to the plate and crushed Kevin Correia's offering over the wall in left for a 6-2 lead.
Pittsburgh got one run back in the home half. Jose Tabata led off with an infield single that deflected off Bailey's leg. Garrett Jones struck out looking on what seemed to be a ball. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was ejected for arguing the call. McCutchen walked and Doumit singled to load the bases. Walker's sac fly made it a 6-3 contest.
The Pirates tacked on another run in the sixth off Sam LeCure. Wood singled and Cedeno doubled to put men on second and third. Wood crossed the plate on Matt Diaz's groundout. Tabata and Jones also grounded out to end the inning.
The Reds scored a run in the seventh to make it a 7-4 game. Brad Lincoln put men on first and second with two outs before being removed. Joe Beimel came in from the bullpen and was greeted by Jay Bruce's RBI single.
Pittsburgh made things tight again by scoring two runs in the home seventh. With two down, Bill Bray hit Walker with a pitch and gave up a double to Ludwick. Wood knocked in both runners with a double to left off Jose Arredondo. Cedeno struck out looking, but not before the Pirates cut the gap to 7-6.
Cincinnati tried to create some space again with a run in the eighth. Chris Resop started the inning on the mound for the Pirates. Janish reached base on a controversial infield single, stole second, moved to third on Miguel Cairo's base hit and scored on Phillips' groundout.
The Pirates battled back again in the bottom of the eighth. Nick Masset allowed pinch-hitter Xavier Paul to double to right-center field. Tabata's infield single put men on the corners with no outs. Jones followed with an RBI double to left. McCutchen hit a run-scoring single to left to tie the game at eight. Jones also tried to score on the play, but was thrown out. Doumit reached on a single.
Travis Wood (6-5) came in from the bullpen and walked Walker to load the bases. Ludwick hit a fly ball to center field for the second out. McCutchen was thrown out trying to tag from third.
"That was probably the strangest, most hard-fought game we've had this year. ... Everyone was running on empty," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.
The Pirates still own a sizeable 7-3 advantage in the season series between these clubs...The Reds were without shortstop Edgar Renteria (groin)...Bailey went five innings in the start for Cincinnati, allowing three runs on six hits...Correia allowed six runs on eight hits in a six-inning start for the Pirates...The game was almost four hours long...The Reds used eight pitchers in the game, compared to seven for the Pirates...Each team had 14 hits.
- CINCINNATI: 11
Aug 19 11:45 PM
- Ryan Hanigan singled to center scored Dave Sappelt and Drew Stubbs. Runner on first with one out and Paul Janish due up.
Reds 11, Pirates 8 Top 9, 1 OutAug 19 11:32 PM
- Drew Stubbs reached first on Neil Walker's throwing error scored Joey Votto. On the play, Dave Sappelt advances to third. Runners on second and third with one out and Ryan Hanigan due up.
Reds 9, Pirates 8 Top 9, 1 OutAug 19 11:30 PM
- Ryan Ludwick grounded into a double play, center to catcher. On the play, Andrew McCutchen out at home to end the inning.
Reds 8, Pirates 8 End 8Aug 19 11:16 PM
- Garrett Jones doubled to left scored Xavier Paul. On the play, Jose Tabata advances to third. Runners on second and third with none out and Andrew McCutchen due up.
Reds 8, Pirates 7 Bot 8, 0 OutsAug 19 11:01 PM
- Brandon Phillips grounded into a fielder's choice, short to second scored Paul Janish. Miguel Cairo out at second. Runner on first with two outs and Jose Arredondo due up.
Reds 8, Pirates 6 Top 8, 2 OutsAug 19 10:51 PM
- Brandon Wood singled to left scored Neil Walker and Ryan Ludwick. On the play, Brandon Wood advances to second on the throw. Runner on second with two outs and Ronny Cedeno due up.
Reds 7, Pirates 6 Bot 7, 2 OutsAug 19 10:38 PM
- Jay Bruce singled to center scored Fred Lewis. On the play, Joey Votto advances to third. Runners on first and third with two outs and Aroldis Chapman due up.
Reds 7, Pirates 4 Top 7, 2 OutsAug 19 10:15 PM
- Matt Diaz grounded out second to first scored Brandon Wood. On the play, Ronny Cedeno advances to third. Runner on third with one out and Jose Tabata due up.
Reds 6, Pirates 4 Bot 6, 1 OutAug 19 9:57 PM
- Neil Walker sacrifice fly out to left scored Jose Tabata. Runners on first and second and with two outs and Ryan Ludwick due up.
Reds 6, Pirates 3 Bot 5, 2 OutsAug 19 9:36 PM
- Brandon Phillips none-out, three-run Home Run (12) to left scored Paul Janish and Homer Bailey. Fred Lewis due up.
Reds 6, Pirates 2 Top 5, 0 OutsAug 19 9:12 PM
- Ryan Hanigan lead-off Home Run (6) to left. Paul Janish due up.
Reds 3, Pirates 2 Top 5, 0 OutsAug 19 9:07 PM
- Ronny Cedeno singled to left scored Neil Walker. On the play, Ryan Ludwick advances to third. Runners on first and third with two outs and Kevin Correia due up.
Reds 2, Pirates 2 Bot 4, 2 OutsAug 19 9:01 PM
- Brandon Wood sacrifice fly out to right scored Andrew McCutchen. Runners on first and second and with two outs and Ronny Cedeno due up.
Reds 2, Pirates 1 Bot 4, 2 OutsAug 19 8:58 PM
- Jay Bruce flied out to left. None on with one out and Todd Frazier due up.
Reds 2, Pirates 0 Top 4, 1 OutAug 19 8:39 PM
- CINCINNATI: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Aug 19 7:46 PM
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