Reds 10, Pirates 6
That made Tuesday night even sweeter for the Reds first baseman and Pittsburgh native.
Russell Branyan hit a three-run homer and Wily Mo Pena added a go-ahead two-run shot in Cincinnati’s six-run sixth inning as the Reds beat up on Pittsburgh’s bullpen for a 10-6 win, their first in seven games against the Pirates at Great American Ball Park.
“That’s unbelievable,” Casey said. “It’s about time we beat these guys. It was good for us to stop the streak.”
Mike Gonzalez gave up Branyan’s opposite-field homer to left and was followed by Brian Boehringer, who promptly gave up Jason LaRue’s double and Pena’s third homer of the season, a drive to center field that gave Cincinnati a 7-6 lead.
“That was on a broken bat,” Casey said. “Did you know that? He’s impressive. He needs at-bats. When he’s in the lineup every day, he’s impressive.”
Rookie Matt Belisle (1-0) earned his first major league win with one inning of one-hit relief.
Boehringer (5-4) allowed three hits and three runs, two of them earned, with one strikeout in one-third of an inning.
“That was our 24th blown save and 27th loss by our bullpen,” Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McClendon said. “We didn’t pitch well. We were pretty much (bad) all night.”
Torres left the game in line for his first win in last eight starts after allowing four runs on five hits and striking out a season-high eight in five-plus innings.
“Our starter didn’t give us everything he had,” McClendon said. “He had the fielders back on their heels. He gave up (two-strike) hits, and went three balls to a lot of batters. He was shaking off the catcher every other batter. If he thought that was a good outing, he’s fooling himself.”
The Pirates piled up eight hits in the first three innings against rookie Josh Hall, who allowed six runs on 10 hits and one walk while striking out five in his second major league start.
Reggie Sanders hit a run-scoring double and Wilson added an RBI single as the Pirates made it 4-0 in the fourth.
The Reds cut the lead in half in their half on Branyan’s one-out walk and LaRue’s homer to left, his 16th of the season and first in 60 at bats dating back to Aug. 15.
The homers were Cincinnati’s first in 33 innings dating back to last Friday.
“That was probably as huge as anything,” Reds manager Dave Miley said. “We’ve talked about it the last couple of days. That was a big difference for us.”
The Pirates got those runs back in the fifth on singles by Stairs and Mackowiak.
Hummel drove in two runs with an eighth-inning double.
The Reds have used 119 different lineups this season, including a new one in each of the last 20 games. … Cincinnati pitchers have allowed at least one home run in each of the last seven games and 15 of the last 16. … Hall went home after his minor league season ended, only to be recalled by the Reds on Saturday after they ran short of pitchers. … The Reds avoided losing eight in a row to Pittsburgh in Cincinnati for the first time since April 16-July 27,1903.