Cincinnati (69-79) at Pittsburgh (60-88)

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  • Game info: 1:35 pm EDT Sun Sep 18, 2005
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Jason Bay has been one of the few bright spots for the Pittsburgh Pirates this season.

The All-Star outfielder will try to help Pittsburgh win its series with the Cincinnati Reds when the teams play the finale of a four-game set.

Bay leads the Pirates in batting average, homers, runs, RBIs and stolen bases. He been hot over the last two weeks, going 17-for-40 (.425) with five homers and 15 RBIs during a 10-game hitting streak.

Bay hit his 30th homer Saturday in the Pirates’ 4-0 victory over the Reds.

“To hit 30 homers in the big leagues in my second year is an accomplishment I’ll never forget,” Bay said. “The last two weeks I’ve had opportunities; I’m seeing more pitches, and that definitely helps. Early on, I wasn’t getting a lot of pitches to hit.”

The Pirates’ future appears to be bright as they have some good young pitchers. Paul Maholm struck out a career-high eight in eight innings in Saturday’s win.

“Honestly, Pittsburgh has three good young pitchers to build with in Maholm, Zach Duke and Oliver Perez,” Cincinnati interim manager Jerry Narron said. “Maholm and Zach Duke are definitely big league pitchers, and we all know Perez is.”

Cincinnati will have to worry about Perez on Sunday. The left-hander has pitched twice since coming off the disabled list on Sept. 9. He only lasted 1 2-3 innings on Wednesday after getting ejected for hitting St. Louis’ Hector Luna with a pitch.

The Reds hope for a better offensive effort against Perez.

Ryan Freel had three of the four hits Saturday for Cincinnati, which played its second game without first baseman Sean Casey, who sustained a concussion in the first game of a doubleheader Friday.

“One thing is, with Casey out, we can’t feel sorry for ourselves,” Narron said. “We have to keep battling and grinding.”

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