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Reds 8, Pirates 4 wire reports

CINCINNATI -- Johnny Cueto had one last shot at finishing .500. Joey Votto and Scott Rolen got him there.

Votto homered and drove in three runs and Rolen homered as the Cincinnati Reds took advantage of Zach Duke's control problems for an 8-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night.

Cueto (11-11) rebounded from a rough first inning to get the win in his last start of the season. He allowed five hits and four runs with four walks and six strikeouts in six innings.

"It was very important for me to finish at .500, but more important was the team to win the game," Cueto said through coach and interpreter Juan Lopez. "It was very important for me to finish strong. I had a dead arm at one time, and I'm happy I finished strong, and I'll relax for a month and then start working out."

Manager Dusty Baker considered at least a .500 finish key for Cueto, who went 9-14 last season.

"I think it's a psychological boost as much as anything," Baker said. "I gave him a goal this year of 15, and he was on pace for that before he ran out of gas right at the All-Star break. I give him the same goal for next year, and I don't see why he can't make it.

Duke (11-16) walked a season-high five, one short of his career high, while losing for the fifth time with just one win in his last seven starts. He gave up six hits and five runs with two strikeouts in five innings in what manager John Russell considered to be an uncharacteristic outing.

"He wasn't missing by too much, and when he was missing, he was missing down in the zone, which is the mark of a good pitcher," Russell said. "He wasn't sharp."

The Pirates took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Andrew McCutchen drew a leadoff walk and scored on Andy LaRoche's double into the left-field corner.

The Reds tied it in the second on Rolen's leadoff walk and Darnell McDonald's one-out double to left field. Duke walked three batters in the second to give him four in the first two innings, as many as he had in five September starts.

"Obviously, my fastball command wasn't very good," Duke said. "That led to the leadoff walk. I tried to limit the damage after that, but I worked behind in the count too much."

Rolen snapped the tie on Duke's first pitch with two outs in the third inning, hitting it 401 feet into the left-center field seats for his first home run in 51 at-bats since Sept. 9 at Colorado, and his third since being traded to the Reds by Toronto on July 31.

The Reds added to the lead in a three-run fifth. McDonald scored from third on a passed ball charged to catcher Jason Jaramillo, and Votto added a two-run double.

The Pirates' Delwyn Young hit a 388-foot shot into the right-field seats for his seventh homer in the sixth.

Cincinnati took a 7-4 lead in the sixth. Willy Taveras, pinch-running after Ramon Hernandez led off with a double, scored on Juan Francisco's pinch-hit double. Drew Stubbs sacrificed, and Francisco scored on Paul Janish' suicide squeeze.

Votto hit his 25th homer of the season -- an opposite-field 380-foot solo shot into the left-field seats -- in the eighth.


Duke finished 1-4 in five starts against Cincinnati this season ... Reds 2B Brandon Phillips snapped a 0-for-16 slump with an eighth-inning single to center field. ... Andrew Claggett pitched the eighth, becoming the 49th different player and 26th pitcher to play for Pittsburgh this season, tying franchise records for players and pitchers used in a season. The Pirates used 49 players in 1987 and 2001 and 26 pitchers last season. ... The Pirates set a franchise record with their 100th game of the season without an error.

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J. Votto
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R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Pittsburgh Pirates
Andrew McCutchen, CF3110210 .284
Andy LaRoche, 3B4011002 .260
Garrett Jones, 1B3110101 .294
Lastings Milledge, LF4000004 .280
Brandon Moss, RF1100300 .235
Delwyn Young, 2B4133001 .268
Jason Jaramillo, C4000034 .252
Ramon Vazquez, SS4000020 .227
Zach Duke, P2000010 .200
    Chris Bootcheck, P0000000 .000
   a- Neil Walker, PH1000000 .200
    Steven Jackson, P0000000 .000
    Anthony Claggett, P0000000 .000
   b- Steve Pearce, PH1000000 .201
a-flied out for Bootcheck in the 7th
b-popped out for Claggett in the 9th
2B - Andy LaRoche (29, Cueto)
HR - Delwyn Young (7, Cueto)
RBI - Andy LaRoche (64), Delwyn Young 3 (43)
SB - Andrew McCutchen (20, 2nd base off Burton/Hanigan)
CS - Brandon Moss (5, 2nd base by Cueto/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 6
Outfield Assists - Lastings Milledge 1
PB - Jason Jaramillo (4)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Zach Duke (L,11-16) 5655521 4.06
Chris Bootcheck 1222110 11.05
Steven Jackson 1100110 3.19
Anthony Claggett 1211001 27.00
Pitches-Strikes - Zach Duke 87-48, Chris Bootcheck 21-13, Steven Jackson 18-9, Anthony Claggett 19-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Duke 8-4, Chris Bootcheck 2-0, Anthony Claggett 2-1
Batters Faced - Zach Duke 25, Chris Bootcheck 6, Steven Jackson 5, Anthony Claggett 5
Cincinnati Reds
Drew Stubbs, CF3000101 .256
Paul Janish, SS3101103 .213
Joey Votto, 1B3123200 .318
Brandon Phillips, 2B5010012 .274
Scott Rolen, 3B4211111 .305
Jonny Gomes, RF3010011 .267
    Jay Bruce, RF1010000 .223
Darnell McDonald, LF4121002 .267
Ramon Hernandez, C2120100 .258
    Willy Taveras, PR0100000 .240
    Ryan Hanigan, C0000100 .264
Johnny Cueto, P0000000 .130
   a- Juan Francisco, PH1111000 .429
    Jared Burton, P0000000 .000
    Danny Herrera, P0000000 .000
    Nick Masset, P1000012 .000
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
a-doubled for Cueto in the 6th
2B - Joey Votto (38, Duke), Jonny Gomes (17, Duke), Darnell McDonald (6, Duke), Ramon Hernandez (13, Bootcheck), Juan Francisco (1, Bootcheck)
HR - Joey Votto (25, Claggett), Scott Rolen (11, Duke)
SH - Drew Stubbs (1), Paul Janish (4), Johnny Cueto 2 (10)
RBI - Paul Janish (16), Joey Votto 3 (84), Scott Rolen (65), Darnell McDonald (10), Juan Francisco (7)
2-OUT RBI - Joey Votto 3 (38), Scott Rolen (23)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Rolen-B. Phillips-Votto
Cincinnati Reds
Johnny Cueto (W,11-11) 6544461 4.41
Jared Burton (H,7) 0.2000100 4.47
Danny Herrera0000100 3.06
Nick Masset (H,20) 1.1100000 2.37
Francisco Cordero 1000010 2.16
Pitches-Strikes - Johnny Cueto 109-66, Jared Burton 15-9, Danny Herrera 7-3, Nick Masset 13-9, Francisco Cordero 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johnny Cueto 6-5, Nick Masset 2-1, Francisco Cordero 1-1
Batters Faced - Johnny Cueto 26, Jared Burton 3, Danny Herrera 1, Nick Masset 4, Francisco Cordero 3
Game Information
Attendance - 24539
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 58
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - D.J. Reyburn, Second Base - Randy Marsh, Third Base - Lance Barksdale