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CINCINNATI -- When it was over, left-hander Phil Dumatrait fessed up. Yes, he really wanted this one.
He wanted to show the Cincinnati Reds how far he'd come since they cast him aside as a struggling rookie. The proof was in the pitching line: seven innings, two infield hits.
Jason Bay and Xavier Nady homered in support of Dumatrait's statement-making start Thursday night, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 7-2 victory that ended Cincinnati's home winning streak at nine games.
The Pirates salvaged the finale of a three-game series by taking it more than one base at a time. They piled up six doubles and the two homers off a pitching staff that's still out of kilter from a marathon game.
And, they couldn't touch Dumatrait.
"It was definitely special for me to go out there," Dumatrait said. "I was definitely looking forward to it. Obviously it didn't go as planned here last year."
The Reds couldn't extend their best home winning streak in 28 years because they couldn't do anything against Dumatrait (2-2). The left-hander had the best start of his career, beating the team that let him get away last October.
He was 0-4 in six starts for Cincinnati last season with a 15.00 ERA, prompting the Reds to put him on waivers. The Pirates claimed him, and he's gone 2-1 in six starts.
On Thursday, the Reds saw an entirely different pitcher.
"The scouting report said fair stuff, but wild," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "I didn't see wild, and I saw great stuff. Sometimes, that happens against your former team. I wish it didn't."
Dumatrait's seven innings and nine strikeouts against Cincinnati were career highs.
"He's a year more mature," manager John Russell said. "He really worked hard over the winter. It seems like he's been on a mission since we got him."
Harang (2-7) wasn't very sharp on three days of rest. He threw four scoreless relief innings on Sunday, striking out a season-high nine Padres, and couldn't keep his pitches down against the Pirates.
"I felt like I didn't have it from the get-go," Harang said. "I knew it was going to be a long day today."
Harang lasted only four innings and give up a season-high six runs. He also matched his season high by allowing 10 hits, another indication that his relief appearance in San Diego sapped him.
"I think it affected him quite a bit," Baker said. "I think it caught up with him. He took one for the team on Sunday."
No surprise that Bay and Nady had the biggest hits.
Bay doubled and scored on Nady's double in the third, then hit a two-run homer off Harang in the fourth. It was Bay's 14th homer at Great American Ball Park, his most any place on the road. Houston's Lance Berkman is the only visiting player with more (18).
"Everyone wants to know if there's a magical reason, but no," Bay said. "You go certain places and see the ball better. You know the ball carries a little bit. You know you may get one that may not have gone (out) somewhere else, and have all the confidence. There's a bunch of factors that go into it."
Nady hit a solo homer off reliever Jeremy Affeldt in the fifth, extending his tear in Cincinnati. The outfielder has hit safely in his last nine games at Great American, where he has a .372 career average with six homers.
Cincinnati's lineup was missing right fielder Ken Griffey Jr. and third baseman Edwin Encarnacion, who got a day of rest to work on their swings. Encarnacion pinch-hit and struck out. Griffey has only one homer in his past 115 at-bats, leaving him two shy of 600.
Outfielder Jay Bruce went 0-for-3 and was hit by a pitch. The Reds called up their top prospect for the start of the series, and he was 4-for-9 with four walks in the three games.
|Jason Bay continues his hot tear with a home run and a double for Pittsburgh. (AP)|
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|Freddy Sanchez, 2B||4||1||1||1||0||1||2||.238|
|Jack Wilson, SS||4||1||2||1||0||0||0||.240|
|Luis Rivas, SS||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.231|
|Jason Bay, LF||4||2||2||2||1||1||1||.294|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||5||0||1||0||0||0||2||.231|
|Xavier Nady, RF||5||2||2||2||0||0||4||.321|
|Jason Michaels, CF||5||0||2||1||0||0||3||.233|
|Jose Bautista, 3B||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.223|
|Raul Chavez, C||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.231|
|Phil Dumatrait, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|a- Ronny Paulino, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.202|
|John Grabow, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Matt Capps, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Dumatrait in the 8th|
|2B - Jack Wilson (1, Harang), Jason Bay (9, Harang), Xavier Nady (16, Harang), Jason Michaels 2 (6, Harang, Harang), Raul Chavez (2, Harang)|
|HR - Jason Bay (13, Harang), Xavier Nady (9, Affeldt)|
|SF - Freddy Sanchez (3)|
|SH - Phil Dumatrait 2 (3)|
|RBI - Freddy Sanchez (22), Jack Wilson (2), Jason Bay 2 (28), Xavier Nady 2 (42), Jason Michaels (13)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jason Bay 2 (7), Xavier Nady (18), Jason Michaels (5)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Outfield Assists - Xavier Nady 1|
|DP - Chavez-F. Sanchez, Nady-Rivas|
|E - Freddy Sanchez (7, Throwing)|
|Phil Dumatrait (W,2-2)||7||2||1||0||2||9||0||3.52|
|HBP - Bruce (by Phil Dumatrait)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Phil Dumatrait 101-60, John Grabow 11-7, Matt Capps 11-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Phil Dumatrait 9-2, John Grabow 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Phil Dumatrait 25, John Grabow 3, Matt Capps 4|
|Ryan Freel, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.309|
|Jerry Hairston Jr., SS-LF||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.345|
|Jay Bruce, RF||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.444|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||3||1||1||1||1||0||0||.295|
|Adam Dunn, LF||2||0||1||0||0||1||1||.261|
|Jeremy Affeldt, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Bill Bray, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Edwin Encarnacion, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.232|
|Kent Mercker, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jared Burton, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Javier Valentin, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.250|
|Andy Phillips, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.000|
|Joey Votto, 1B||2||0||0||0||1||1||1||.294|
|David Ross, C||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.273|
|Aaron Harang, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.200|
|Paul Janish, SS||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.292|
|a-struck out for Bray in the 7th|
|b-struck out for Burton in the 9th|
|2B - Jerry Hairston Jr. (8, Capps)|
|HR - Brandon Phillips (10, Capps)|
|RBI - Brandon Phillips (29)|
|2-OUT RBI - Brandon Phillips (7)|
|CS - Joey Votto (2, 2nd base by Dumatrait/Chavez)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|E - David Ross (2, Throwing)|
|Aaron Harang (L,2-7)||4||10||6||6||0||2||1||3.81|
|Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 73-53, Jeremy Affeldt 27-16, Bill Bray 7-5, Kent Mercker 22-14, Jared Burton 27-17|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 4-6, Jeremy Affeldt 3-2, Bill Bray 1-2, Kent Mercker 2-1, Jared Burton 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 22, Jeremy Affeldt 7, Bill Bray 3, Kent Mercker 4, Jared Burton 6|
|Attendance - 18142|
|Game Time - 2:34|
|Temperature - 76|
|Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman|