Pittsburgh Pirates beat Cincinnati Reds in completion of suspended game

CINCINNATI – The game that started Monday with 10 home runs ended Tuesday with hardly a whimper.

Russell Martin's two-out single in the seventh brought home the tiebreaking run and gave the Pirates an 8-7 victory in the wrapup of Monday's game suspended by rain.

There were no home runs in the final three innings Tuesday after the Pirates hit six and the Reds hit four in the first six innings Monday.

The Reds managed only one hit – a single - and a walk in the final three innings. The Pirates had four hits, two by Andrew McCutcheon, who scored the only run.


Sam LeCure started the seventh for the Reds and took the loss. LeCure gave up a one-out double to McCutcheon. McCutcheon went to third on a wild pitch and came home on Martin's single.

Tony Watson started the seventh for the Pirates. Ramon Santiago led off with a single and went to second on Billy Hamilton's sacrifice bunt. Santiago went to third on Joey Votto's grounder to first, but Brandon Phillips struck out swinging to end the inning.

The Pirates threatened again in the eighth when a Clint Barnes single and a Travis Ishikawa walk put runners on first and second with one out. But LeCure got Sterling Marte to strike out  and Travis Snider to ground out.

Mark Melancon started the eighth for the Pirates and gave up a one-out walk to Jay Bruce. Bruce went to second on Ryan Ludwick's grounder to third but was stranded when Devin Mesoraco grounded out.

Nick Christiani started the ninth for the Reds and gave up a single to McCutcheon, but then retired the side.

Pirates closer Jason Grilli came on in the ninth and put down the Reds 1-2-3. He struck out pinch-hitter Roger Bernadina, got pinch-hitter Chris Heisey to pop up and struck out Hamilton.

The Reds said the regularly scheduled Tuesday game would begin at 7:15 p.m.

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