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Pirates' Bay joins with Nady to help stop Reds' home win streak at nine

CBSSports.com wire reports
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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."

The Reds' pitching staff was in disarray following an 18-inning loss in San Diego on Sunday. Starters Aaron Harang and Edinson Volquez wound up pitching in relief, throwing everybody's routine off.

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.

Notes

  • The Pirates called up RHP Bryan Bullington, their first pick in the 2002 draft, to help their depleted bullpen. They optioned RHP Marino Salas to Triple-A Indianapolis. Pittsburgh's bullpen has thrown the most innings in the NL.
  • RHP Josh Fogg will start for the Reds against Atlanta on Saturday. RHP Matt Belisle, previously scheduled to start, was sent to the minors to work as a reliever.
 
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Jason Bay continues his hot tear with a home run and a double for Pittsburgh.  (AP)
Jason Bay continues his hot tear with a home run and a double for Pittsburgh. (AP)

Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

J. Bay
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Pittsburgh

P. Dumatrait
IP 7.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 2
K 9
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4111012 .238
Jack Wilson, SS4121000 .240
    Luis Rivas, SS1010000 .231
Jason Bay, LF4222111 .294
Adam LaRoche, 1B5010002 .231
Xavier Nady, RF5222004 .321
Jason Michaels, CF5021003 .233
Jose Bautista, 3B3010111 .223
Raul Chavez, C4110002 .231
Phil Dumatrait, P1000001 .000
   a- Ronny Paulino, PH1000001 .202
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
    Matt Capps, P0000000 .000
Totals37713723  
a-flied out for Dumatrait in the 8th
Batting
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
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Xavier Nady 1
DP - Chavez-F. Sanchez, Nady-Rivas
E - Freddy Sanchez (7, Throwing)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Phil Dumatrait (W,2-2) 7210290 3.52
John Grabow 1000000 1.42
Matt Capps 1211011 2.55
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
Cincinnati Reds
Ryan Freel, CF4000000 .309
Jerry Hairston Jr., SS-LF4120010 .345
Jay Bruce, RF3000010 .444
Brandon Phillips, 2B3111100 .295
Adam Dunn, LF2010011 .261
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
    Bill Bray, P0000000 .000
   a- Edwin Encarnacion, PH1000011 .232
    Kent Mercker, P0000000 .000
    Jared Burton, P0000000 .000
   b- Javier Valentin, PH1000010 .250
Andy Phillips, 3B3000002 .000
Joey Votto, 1B2000111 .294
David Ross, C3000021 .273
Aaron Harang, P1000010 .200
    Paul Janish, SS2000010 .292
Totals29241210  
a-struck out for Bray in the 7th
b-struck out for Burton in the 9th
Batting
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
Fielding
E - David Ross (2, Throwing)
Cincinnati Reds
Aaron Harang (L,2-7) 41066021 3.81
Jeremy Affeldt 2111011 4.44
Bill Bray 1000000 3.46
Kent Mercker 1000100 3.55
Jared Burton 1200100 3.51
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
Game Information
Attendance - 18142
Game Time - 2:34
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman