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Pirates 2, Reds 1

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CINCINNATI -- The Pirates' best hitter on the road gets even better when he's down to his final swing.

Ryan Doumit hit a solo homer with two outs in the top of the ninth inning Tuesday night -- his second game-deciding homer in three days -- and Pittsburgh held on for a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds, who couldn't stop the Pirates' Mr. Clutch.

"You knew somebody was going to score sooner or later," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "We didn't know they were going to score like that."

Brandon Phillips tied it 1-all in the eighth with his 100th career homer off reliever Joel Hanrahan (1-0), who took over for left-hander Paul Maholm. Octavio Dotel pitched the ninth for his 10th save in 12 tries -- he's 7 for 7 in May.

Doumit, who is Pittsburgh's top hitter on the road with a .333 average, had the first game-ending homer of his career Sunday in the 10th inning of a 3-2 win over Atlanta. This time, he connected off Nick Masset (3-3), sending the Reds to only their fourth loss in 11 games.

"Especially of late, he's been swinging the bat well," manager John Russell said. "That's a huge hit. We gave up the homer and we came right back."

All of the catcher's five homers have come in the eighth inning or later.

"You certainly don't script it like that," Doumit said.

It was scoreless until the eighth, when a routine fly ball lost in the lights knocked Reds rookie Mike Leake out of the running for a notable win.

Leake was trying to become the first rookie Reds pitcher to win his first five decisions since 1976, when Santo Alcala did it with the Big Red Machine behind him. He didn't allow an extra-base hit until center fielder Drew Stubbs lost Aki Iwamura's routine fly ball in the lights, letting it drop more than 30 feet away for a leadoff triple in the eighth in twilight conditions.

"When I turned around, I couldn't see it, either," Leake said. "That's a bad time of night. It happens."

Not very often, and not in such a pressure-packed setting.

"Stubbs losing that ball brought back memories," Baker said. "That happened to me here -- Pete Rose hit a fly ball. That's rare. I don't think anybody saw it."

Former first-round pick Neil Walker, called up earlier in the day, then doubled just inside first base for a 1-0 lead and his first major league RBI.

"I was just trying to be aggressive there," Walker said. "I was hoping to keep it fair."

Walker also spent last September with the Pirates. He was a catcher when the Pirates made him the 11th overall pick in the June 2004 draft, but has learned to play outfield and every infield position except shortstop. He made the two-hour drive from Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday and started at third base for Andy LaRoche, out with a bad back.

Walker is part of a wave of prospects expected to join the Pirates in the next few months, looking to get them turned around after an unprecedented 17 straight years of losing.

This one also featured one of the Reds' quick-rising stars. The 22-year-old Leake was pitching for Arizona State a year ago, and made the jump directly to the majors in spring training, when he won the fifth spot in the rotation. So far, he's been the best of the bunch.

Using a curve that dips and a fastball that darts, Leake has kept unfamiliar batters off-balance. He allowed eight hits -- all singles -- through seven innings, losing his shutout after Stubbs lost the fly ball.

Maholm kept up with Leake, allowing six hits in seven innings.

Notes

LaRoche is expected to return to the lineup in the next few days. He has missed the last four games with a bad back. ... The Pirates put 1B Steve Pearce on the 15-day DL, a day after his sprained his right ankle while making an off-balance throw. ... Maholm picked Joey Votto off first base in the sixth inning. ... Leake went 1 for 2 with a single. He has hit safely in five of his nine starts, going 7-for-19.

 
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Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

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

B. Phillips
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
Akinori Iwamura, 2B4110001 .166
Neil Walker, 3B4011000 .250
Andrew McCutchen, CF4020001 .324
Garrett Jones, 1B4020012 .259
Ryan Church, RF4000013 .207
Lastings Milledge, LF4020000 .264
Ryan Doumit, C3111101 .293
Ronny Cedeno, SS4020011 .250
Paul Maholm, P3000023 .000
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
    Octavio Dotel, P0000000 .000
Totals34211215  
Batting
2B - Neil Walker (1, Leake)
3B - Akinori Iwamura (1, Leake)
HR - Ryan Doumit (5, Masset)
RBI - Neil Walker (1), Ryan Doumit (19)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Doumit (9)
SB - Ronny Cedeno (5, 2nd base off Leake/Hernandez)
CS - Lastings Milledge (2, 2nd base by Leake/Hernandez)
PK - Neil Walker (1, Rhodes)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Iwamura-Cedeno-G. Jones
Pittsburgh Pirates
Paul Maholm 7600220 3.98
Joel Hanrahan (BS,1; W,1-0) 1111021 5.00
Octavio Dotel (S,10) 1100010 5.59
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Maholm 89-54, Joel Hanrahan 12-8, Octavio Dotel 9-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Maholm 10-7, Joel Hanrahan 1-0
Batters Faced - Paul Maholm 27, Joel Hanrahan 4, Octavio Dotel 4
Cincinnati Reds
Chris Heisey, RF3000002 .250
   a- Jay Bruce, PH-RF1000000 .271
Brandon Phillips, 2B4111001 .267
Joey Votto, 1B4020010 .312
Scott Rolen, 3B4000011 .271
Jonny Gomes, LF3010110 .285
Ramon Hernandez, C4020002 .278
    Miguel Cairo, PR0000000 .182
Drew Stubbs, CF3000021 .213
   b- Laynce Nix, PH1000001 .263
Paul Janish, SS2010100 .276
   c- Orlando Cabrera, PH1000001 .279
Mike Leake, P2010002 .368
    Arthur Rhodes, P0000000 .000
    Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
Totals3218125  
a-grounded out for Heisey in the 8th
b-lined out for Stubbs in the 9th
c-popped out for Janish in the 9th
Batting
2B - Joey Votto (9, Maholm), Jonny Gomes (8, Maholm), Ramon Hernandez (7, Maholm)
HR - Brandon Phillips (6, Hanrahan)
SH - Mike Leake (4)
RBI - Brandon Phillips (14)
PK - Joey Votto (2, Maholm)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Votto-Janish, Leake-Janish-Votto
Cincinnati Reds
Mike Leake 7.11011130 2.70
Arthur Rhodes 1000010 0.47
Nick Masset (L,3-3) 0.2111011 7.29
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Leake 97-61, Arthur Rhodes 12-8, Nick Masset 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Leake 7-9, Nick Masset 1-0
Batters Faced - Mike Leake 30, Arthur Rhodes 2, Nick Masset 3
Game Information
Attendance - 14471
Game Time - 2:24
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Jim Joyce