Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) – Joey Votto’s RBI single in the bottom of
the 11th inning sent Cincinnati past Pittsburgh by a 5-4 count at Great
American Ball Park, ending a game which was delayed at the outset by rain for
more than 2 1/2 hours and which took four hours to complete.
Radhames Liz (0-1) hit Zack Cozart with one away, Billy Hamilton walked with
two down and Votto ended the contest with a hit to right which plated Cozart.
J.J. Hoover (1-0) tossed two innings of scoreless relief for the Reds, who go
for the series sweep on Thursday afternoon. Votto drove in two, Todd Frazier
hit a homer and scored twice, while Brandon Phillips contributed an RBI
Cincy starter Mike Leake lasted 5 2/3 innings, allowing five hits and three
runs while walking six batters and striking out six.
Neil Walker, Pedro Alvarez, Corey Hart and Francisco Cervelli knocked in a run
apiece for the Pirates. Pittsburgh starter Gerrit Cole worked five full
frames, giving up three runs on five hits while fanning six.
Frazier’s two-out solo shot in the home first was countered with an Alvarez
run-scoring double in the top of the second.
In the home third, Cozart doubled, was sacrificed to third and scored on
Cole’s wild pitch with Votto at the plate.
Cervelli doubled home Starling Marte in the fourth, but the Reds came back in
the home portion when Phillips singled in Frazier.
A Walker sac fly in the fifth plated Josh Harrison, and the Pirates took a 4-3
lead in the seventh as pinch-hitter Hart sent Andrew McCutchen home with a
two-out base hit.
The hosts tied the game with two away in the home seventh. Hamilton singled,
moved up on a wild pitch then came in on a Votto single.
Both Pittsburgh and Cincinnati stranded a runner in scoring position in the
ninth, and the visitors left one on second in the 10th.
Hamilton ended up with three hits and three stolen bases … Pittsburgh left
11 runners on base and Cincinnati stranded 10 … Harrison ended up 1-for-5
shortly after signing a four-year contract … The official rain delay was 2
hours, 34 minutes.