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Votto homers, Barnhart plates 4 in Reds 7-4 win over Pirates

Votto homers, Barnhart plates 4 in Reds 7-4 win over Pirates
Posted at 4:38 PM, Sep 18, 2016

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Joey Votto smacked his 25th homer, Tucker Barnhart tied his career high with four RBIs and the Cincinnati Reds snapped the Pittsburgh Pirates' four-game winning streak with a 7-4 victory on Sunday.

Votto finished with four hits, including his eighth-inning solo homer, as the Reds finally got to Ivan Nova (12-7) while clouding Pittsburgh's fading postseason hopes and snapping their own four-game skid.

The Pirates went into the game in fourth place in the National League wild-card standings, five games out of the second berth.

Dan Straily (13-8) limited Pittsburgh to three runs in six innings, overcoming Sean Rodriguez's solo home run and four walks to slow down a Pirates offense that had piled up 41 runs during their winning streak. He allowed five hits and had five strikeouts.

Nova was 5-0 overall and 2-0 in two starts against Cincinnati since being acquired from the Yankees on Aug. 1, but the Reds rocked him for nine hits and five runs - three earned - in three innings.

Pedro Florimon gave Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead with a two-run triple on a drive to center field that glanced off Jose Peraza's glove before bouncing off the wall in the second.

Barnhart tied the score with a two-run double to right-center field in the bottom of the inning.

The Reds - wearing green uniforms while celebrating Irish culture day - piled up five hits and three runs against Nova in the third. Straily had a line-drive single to right after going 0 for 48 in his career before the at-bat.

Brandon Phillips drove in Votto with a ground-rule double to center field and scored on Schebler's single to left. Schebler went to third when left fielder Adam Frazier misplayed Ivan De Jesus Jr.'s single for an error, setting up the first of Barnhart's two sacrifice fly balls.