Reds 5, Pirates 4

Jeff Wallner, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

CINCINNATI -- Shortstop Zack Cozart went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI and first baseman Joey Votto drove in two runs, lifting the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on a stormy Saturday afternoon at Great American Ball Park.
The game was delayed one hour and 17 minutes by rain.
Andrew McCutchen went 4-for-5 with a home run and Garrett Jones hit his ninth home run for Pittsburgh.
The Pirates, who were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position on Saturday, had the tying run on third base with nobody out in the ninth. But Reds closer Aroldis Chapman retired three straight batters for his 23rd save.
Reds starter Mat Latos (9-3) labored through much of the game, allowing three runs (two earned) in five innings. He gave up four hits, walked four and struck out five over 99 pitches.
The Pirates had just taken the field for the bottom of the first when the wind kicked up dirt and debris, causing fans to scatter as the grounds crew struggled to the secure the tarp.
The rain delay wasn't kind to either starting pitcher.
Pittsburgh starter A.J. Burnett (4-7) warmed up again after the delay, but Shin-Soo Choo greeted him with a double and scored Cincinnati's first run when Jones misplayed Votto's ground ball.
The Reds increased their lead to 4-0 on an RBI single by Brandon Phillips, a sacrifice fly by Zack Cozart and an RBI double by Devin Mesoraco.
In the second, Jones hit a solo homer off Latos to make the score 4-1. The Pirates' second run scored when Cozart threw past Phillips at second base for an error on what would have been an inning-ending force play.
Burnett retired six of seven batters, including five via strikeout, in one stretch.
McCutchen cut the Pirates' deficit to 4-3 with his 12th home run, a solo shot in the fourth.
Burnett walked Votto with the bases loaded in the seventh, making the score 5-3. Burnett finished with five runs allowed, just two earned, in 5 2/3 innings. He gave up 10 hits, walked two and fanned eight while throwing 109 pitches.
An unfortunate misstep by McCutchen cost the Pirates a scoring opportunity in the seventh.
McCutchen hit a line drive that rolled to the wall in right-center, but while attempting to stretch for a triple, he stumbled and fell between second and third and was retired in a rundown for the second out.
The Pirates loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth. But Jose Tabata grounded to Phillips for the final out.
NOTES: Choo's double in the first inning extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games. ... Votto collected his 500th RBI in the first inning. .. Of McCutchen's 12 home runs this season, 11 have come with the bases empty. ... Pirates 2B Neil Walker felt fine following his first rehab appearance Friday night, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout for Triple-A Indianapolis. He was expected to play seven innings Saturday night, then nine innings Sunday before possibly being reinstated from the disabled list Monday. ... Pirates LHP Jeff Locke will have no pitch-count limitation when he starts Sunday in Cincinnati. He was scratched from his last start and did not pitch in the All-Star Game due to a sore back.

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