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LaRoche picks right time to snap slump, Pirates drop Reds

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CINCINNATI -- Adam LaRoche didn't need much to snap his slump.

The Pittsburgh first baseman was hitless in 16 straight at bats before coming up with a pair of soft RBI singles to lead the Pirates to a 6-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night.

"I wasn't aware that I was 0-for-16," LaRoche said. "I've been 0-for-16 before, but I had no idea. Both of the hits I got traveled about 100 feet total."

With the score tied at 4 in the eighth inning, Nate McLouth led off with a single off of Cincinnati left-hander Jeremy Affeldt (1-1). McLouth stole second and continued to third when Affeldt's throw got past first baseman Joey Votto for a throwing error. Ryan Doumit walked and moved to second on a wild pitch, and LaRoche drove in McLouth with a soft single to right.

Mike Lincoln relieved Affeldt and gave up a run-scoring single to Andy LaRoche.

"If you're playing a close ballgame, especially a one-run game, you can't make those mistakes," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "We missed a hit-and-run sign. Lincoln was 0-2 on Andy LaRoche and got one up. We threw the ball away. Those things hurt you."

Tyler Yates (5-3) got the final out of the seventh inning to earn the win. Matt Capps pitched the ninth for his 19th save in 24 opportunities.

Adam LaRoche actually gave Pittsburgh the lead twice in the span of three innings after starting the game 0-for-2. He followed Doumit's sixth-inning, RBI single off of Cincinnati starter Edinson Volquez -- which tied the score at 3 -- with a broken-bat single to short right field that drove in McLouth with the go-ahead run.

"It was outstanding to score some runs off a pretty tough pitcher," Adam LaRoche said. "He can throw all three of pitches for strikes, so you can't sit on anything."

"He's a threat in our lineup," manager John Russell said. "Those weren't the hardest-hit balls, but that's all it takes, sometimes."

Volquez had a perfect game with five strikeouts before Nyjer Morgan led off the fourth inning with a ground-rule double to center field. Freddy Sanchez and Doumit followed with doubles to give Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead.

Ross Ohlendorf, a former New York Yankees reliever making his first career start, retired the first eight batters he faced before Volquez solidly lined a single to center field. Votto got the Reds on the board with a solo homer in the fourth, his 16th homer of the season and first in 39 at bats since Aug. 21. Edwin Encarnacion followed with a walk. Encarnacion moved to third on Jay Bruce's double to right field and scored the game-tying run on a passed ball.

The Reds took a 3-2 lead in the fifth on Chris Dickerson's sixth homer of the season. After Pittsburgh regained the lead in the sixth, Encarnacion tied it with a single to left.

Ohlendorf, acquired with three other players from the Yankees on July 26 when Pittsburgh traded outfielder Xavier Nady and left-hander Damaso Marte, lasted six innings, allowing three earned runs with one walk and two strikeouts.

"I was happy with it," Ohlendorf said. "I'm glad the team won, but the thing is, when our offense scored against a pretty tough pitcher, I gave the runs right back."

"I really liked his aggressiveness," Russell said. "I also liked his ability to slow the ball down. He used both sides of the plate. I was excited to see him pitch."

Volquez went seven innings, giving up six hits and four runs with one walk and 13 strikeouts, a career high and the most by a Reds pitcher in one game this season.

Notes

SS Jack Wilson remains sidelined with a bruised right index finger he suffered while fielding a ball in Sunday's loss to Milwaukee. His return is indefinite. "We want to make sure it doesn't get infected," Russell said. ... Sanchez returned to the starting lineup after missing Tuesday's start when the right shoulder problem that's plagued him all season flared up. "He had an MRI Tuesday," Russell said. "We'll monitor him. If it gets ouchy, we'll sit him a couple of days. He had a good August (.318 in 25 games), and I know he'd like to carry that through to the end of the season." ... Cincinnati's Wilkin Castillo recorded his first major league hit with a pinch-hit single to right to lead off the seventh inning.

 
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Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

R. Doumit
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Cincinnati

J. Votto
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
Nyjer Morgan, LF5120030 .244
Freddy Sanchez, 2B3211110 .257
Nate McLouth, CF4220011 .272
Ryan Doumit, C3122210 .321
Adam LaRoche, 1B5022022 .260
Brandon Moss, RF3000124 .274
Andy LaRoche, 3B4011034 .171
Brian Bixler, SS4000013 .165
Ross Ohlendorf, P2000000 .000
   a- Doug Mientkiewicz, PH1000000 .275
    T.J. Beam, P0000000 .000
    Tyler Yates, P0000000 .000
   b- Jason Michaels, PH1000012 .230
    Denny Bautista, P0000000 .200
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
    Matt Capps, P0000000 .000
Totals356106415  
a-flied out for Ohlendorf in the 7th
b-struck out for Yates in the 8th
Batting
2B - Nyjer Morgan (6, Volquez), Freddy Sanchez (25, Volquez), Ryan Doumit (29, Volquez)
SH - Nate McLouth (5)
RBI - Freddy Sanchez (48), Ryan Doumit 2 (53), Adam LaRoche 2 (61), Andy LaRoche (13)
SB - Nyjer Morgan (5, 2nd base off Cordero/Hanigan), Nate McLouth 2 (17, 2nd base off Volquez/Bako, 3rd base off Affeldt/Bako)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - F. Sanchez-Bixler-LaRoche
PB - Ryan Doumit (9)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Ross Ohlendorf 6743122 6.26
T.J. Beam 0.1100010 3.97
Tyler Yates (W,5-3) 0.2000000 5.14
Denny Bautista (H,9) 0.2011100 4.01
John Grabow (H,13) 0.1100210 2.98
Matt Capps (S,19) 1000010 3.38
Pitches-Strikes - Ross Ohlendorf 90-56, T.J. Beam 6-4, Denny Bautista 10-4, John Grabow 17-6, Matt Capps 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ross Ohlendorf 10-6, Tyler Yates 1-0, Denny Bautista 1-1, Matt Capps 2-0
Batters Faced - Ross Ohlendorf 26, T.J. Beam 2, Tyler Yates 1, Denny Bautista 3, John Grabow 4, Matt Capps 3
Cincinnati Reds
Chris Dickerson, LF-CF5111022 .320
Jeff Keppinger, SS5000001 .262
Brandon Phillips, 2B5000010 .263
Joey Votto, 1B4221000 .293
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B2211200 .252
Jay Bruce, RF3010101 .257
Corey Patterson, CF3010001 .199
   a- Jolbert Cabrera, PH-LF1010000 .299
Paul Bako, C3000002 .204
   b- Ryan Hanigan, PH-C0001100 .303
Edinson Volquez, P2010010 .096
   c- Wilkin Castillo, PH1010000 .500
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
    Mike Lincoln, P0000000 .000
   d- Andy Phillips, PH1000013 .203
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
Totals3559445  
a-singled for Patterson in the 8th
b-walked for Bako in the 8th
c-singled for Volquez in the 7th
d-struck out for Lincoln in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jay Bruce (13, Ohlendorf)
3B - Joey Votto (2, Ohlendorf)
HR - Chris Dickerson (6, Ohlendorf), Joey Votto (16, Ohlendorf)
RBI - Chris Dickerson (12), Joey Votto (65), Edwin Encarnacion (58), Ryan Hanigan (7)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Dickerson (6), Joey Votto (26), Ryan Hanigan (5)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Keppinger-B. Phillips-Votto
E - Jeremy Affeldt (1, Throwing)
Cincinnati Reds
Edinson Volquez 76441130 3.12
Jeremy Affeldt (L,1-1) 0.1222110 3.71
Mike Lincoln 0.2100010 4.55
Francisco Cordero 1100200 3.58
IBB - Moss by Edinson Volquez, Doumit by Francisco Cordero
HBP - F. Sanchez (by Edinson Volquez)
WP - Jeremy Affeldt (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Edinson Volquez 117-79, Jeremy Affeldt 19-11, Mike Lincoln 11-8, Francisco Cordero 19-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edinson Volquez 2-6, Mike Lincoln 1-0, Francisco Cordero 2-0
Batters Faced - Edinson Volquez 29, Jeremy Affeldt 4, Mike Lincoln 3, Francisco Cordero 5
Game Information
Attendance - 18561
Game Time - 3:16
Temperature - 91
Umpires - Home - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Paul Schrieber