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Reds beat Pirates for fifth straight win

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CINCINNATI -- Scott Rolen had quite an eventful trip around the bases. The result was worth it.

Rolen hustled for a triple and rushed home on an infield out for the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as the Cincinnati Reds won their fifth straight game, 5-4 over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night.

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Rolen began the eighth against Jared Hughes (2-1) with a line drive off the right-center field wall that barely eluding Pittsburgh All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Rolen, who's in his 16th major league season, beat the relay with a headfirst slide into third base.

"I was just hoping he wouldn't catch it. I haven't had too much luck in that part of the field. I was running hard. It was probably a gamble with nobody out," he said.

Rolen immediately took off for home when the next batter, Todd Frazier, bounced the ball high off the plate.

"I was thinking I was dead the whole way," said Rolen, who earlier had a two-run single. "That's a miserable 90 feet. You know you're going to have to dive or crash into something. I saw it, I read it, and I felt like I would make it. If I hadn't, we'd be doing this same interview, but for a different reason. It worked out."

Pitcher Jared Hughes (2-1) thought about trying to nail Rolen.

"I looked, but I realized I didn't have a grip," Hughes said. "I didn't want to throw it over [catcher Michael McKenry's] head, so I made sure to get the out."

Manager Dusty Baker had no problem with Rolen's decisions.

"He's one of the best baserunners in the game," Baker said. "He's always alert, always trying to take that extra base."

The Reds have won 15 of 16 and opened a 5½-game lead over Pittsburgh in the NL Central.

"This is a playoff atmosphere every day -- close games every day," Baker said.

Jonathan Broxton (1-0), acquired on Tuesday from Kansas City, pitched a scoreless eighth for the win. Aroldis Chapman worked the ninth for his 25th save.

Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle was ejected in the top of the second after both benches were warned following the second Pirates batter to be hit by a pitch in two nights.

"That was a topic of discussion," Hurdle said. "There was no warning before the game. I just wanted the game to go on."

Mike Leake plunked Josh Harrison with two outs, no one on base and the Reds leading 2-1. Harrison and Leake briefly exchange words, prompting plate umpire Brian Gorman to issue the warnings against further trouble. Hurdle came out to discuss the decision and was ejected -- for the third time this season -- when the talk grew more heated.

On Friday night, Chapman hit McCutchen with two outs in the ninth.

The Reds capitalized on an error to take a 2-0 lead in the first. Zack Cozart led off with a single, Drew Stubbs bunted up the third-base line for a hit and both runners advanced on third baseman Pedro Alvarez's throwing error, setting up Rolen's two-out, two-run single.

McKenry led off Pittsburgh's second with his 11th homer of the season. The Pirates tied the game in the third on Alex Presley's leadoff triple and Neil Walker's sacrifice fly.

The Reds regained their two-run lead in the fourth on one-out singles by Stubbs and Jay Bruce, Ryan Ludwick's RBI line-drive double off the wall down the left-field line and Frazier's infield single.

Josh Harrison cut Cincinnati' lead to 4-3 with his third homer of the season in the fourth.

Pittsburgh got its own break to tie it in the sixth. Garrett Jones moved from second to third on Leake's wild pitch while striking out Alvarez, and Travis Snider hit a sacrifice fly.

Both starting pitchers lasted six innings and had seven strikeouts and a walk. Leake allowed six hits and four runs while James McDonald gave up seven hits and three earned runs.


  • RHP Kevin Correia will start for the Pirates on Aug. 8 against Arizona in Pittsburgh, the team's concession to playing 20 games in 20 days, Hurdle said. Correia made his first relief appearance of the season on July 29 after 19 starts.
  • Reds 2B Brandon Phillips was a late scratch from the starting lineup. Phillips has missed four starts with a strained left calf. Phillips probably won't play in Sunday's series finale, Baker said.
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Aroldis Chapman shuts the door in the ninth inning to preserve the Reds' win and earn his 25th save.  (Getty Images)
Aroldis Chapman shuts the door in the ninth inning to preserve the Reds' win and earn his 25th save. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game

S. Rolen
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

J. Harrison
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Pittsburgh Pirates
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    Jared Hughes, P0000000 .000
   a- Gaby Sanchez, PH1000011 .198
Neil Walker, 2B2001101 .288
Andrew McCutchen, CF4000021 .369
Garrett Jones, 1B4120001 .271
Michael McKenry, C4121012 .285
Pedro Alvarez, 3B4000021 .233
Travis Snider, RF3001000 .235
Josh Harrison, SS3121001 .246
James McDonald, P2000011 .146
   b- Starling Marte, PH-LF2000020 .211
a-struck out for Hughes in the 9th
b-struck out for McDonald in the 7th
2B - Garrett Jones (17, Leake)
3B - Alex Presley (4, Leake)
HR - Michael McKenry (11, Leake), Josh Harrison (3, Leake)
SF - Neil Walker (7), Travis Snider (2)
RBI - Neil Walker (56), Michael McKenry (28), Travis Snider (9), Josh Harrison (11)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Harrison (5)
Team LOB - 6
E - Pedro Alvarez (16, Throwing)
Pittsburgh Pirates
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Jared Hughes (L,2-1) 2211100 2.05
IBB - Bruce by Jared Hughes
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James McDonald 5-6, Jared Hughes 5-1
Batters Faced - James McDonald 26, Jared Hughes 9
Cincinnati Reds
Zack Cozart, SS3110101 .248
Drew Stubbs, CF4220012 .238
Jay Bruce, RF3110122 .250
Ryan Ludwick, LF4011014 .260
Scott Rolen, 3B4122012 .236
Todd Frazier, 1B4012011 .272
Dioner Navarro, C4000012 .000
    Ryan Hanigan, C0000000 .276
Wilson Valdez, 2B3000000 .233
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
   a- Xavier Paul, PH1000000 .368
    Aroldis Chapman, P0000000 .000
Mike Leake, P2000000 .275
    Miguel Cairo, 2B1010000 .160
a-grounded out for Broxton in the 8th
2B - Ryan Ludwick (19, McDonald)
3B - Scott Rolen (2, Hughes)
RBI - Ryan Ludwick (57), Scott Rolen 2 (27), Todd Frazier 2 (42)
2-OUT RBI - Scott Rolen 2 (10), Todd Frazier (15)
SB - Miguel Cairo (2, 2nd base off Hughes/McKenry)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Cozart-Frazier
E - Mike Leake (2, Throwing)
Cincinnati Reds
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Sean Marshall 1000010 2.36
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Aroldis Chapman (S,25) 1100020 1.34
HBP - Harrison (by Mike Leake)
WP - Mike Leake (2), Aroldis Chapman (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Leake 102-68, Sean Marshall 10-7, Jonathan Broxton 17-11, Aroldis Chapman 23-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Leake 6-5, Sean Marshall 1-1, Jonathan Broxton 2-1
Batters Faced - Mike Leake 26, Sean Marshall 3, Jonathan Broxton 4, Aroldis Chapman 4
Game Information
Attendance - 41577
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Bob Davidson