Sunday, June 2, 2013

Pirates salvage weekend series with extra-inning victory over Cincinnati

The Pirates defeated Cincinnati, 5-4, in 11 innings Sunday afternoon at PNC Park. It was Pittsburgh's third 11-inning victory in six days--the other two were 1-0 victories over the Tigers--and first victory over the Reds in the weekend series.

In fact, the Pirates were shut-out by Cincinnati for two straight nights and had a streak of putrid offense that saw the team score one run over 30-innings, dating back to Thursday night's 11-inning win against Detroit.

However, after falling behind, 4-0, in the top of the first inning, Pittsburgh began its comeback, starting with a solo shot by Pedro Alvarez in the bottom of the second.

Pirates' pitcher Jeanmar Gomez, a surprisingly effective fifth starter, failed to reach the second inning, but Pittsburgh's "Shark Tank" bullpen was once again dominant, shutting the Reds' offense down over the last 10-innings, while the offense slowly mounted its comeback.

Andrew McCutchen drove in the team's second run with a single in the sixth inning. And then in the bottom of the eighth inning, first baseman Garrett Jones tied the score with a two-run home run that reached the Allegheny River on a fly, becoming the first Pirate to do so in PNC Park's history.

In the bottom of the 11th inning, Travis Snider ended things with a single that scored Russell Martin for the walk-off win.

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