Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Andrew McCutchen hit a game-winning solo
homer in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates downed the
Cincinnati Reds, 2-1, in the middle installment of a three-game set.
After Josh Harrison lined out to center field to start the frame, McCutchen,
who was 0-for-4 prior to his final at-bat, smacked a 2-2 fastball off Jonathan
Broxton (3-2) into the right-center field seats.
Joel Hanrahan (5-1) worked a scoreless ninth to pick up the win.
Pittsburgh starter Kyle McPherson tossed six scoreless frames. He fanned five,
scattered four hits and walked one for the Pirates, who had lost nine of their
previous 11 contests coming in.
Mike Leake started the game for Cincinnati and also fired six scoreless
innings. He struck out three, surrendered four hits and walked three for the
Reds, who are one-half game back behind the Washington Nationals for the best
record in the National League. The Nationals are currently in St. Louis taking
on the Cardinals.
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