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Pirates rally from five back to down Cincinnati

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PITTSBURGH -- Michael McKenry knows he isn't going to get many curtain calls as a backup catcher.

So he savored the moment Sunday when he called out of the dugout following his second home run of the day, a drive that tied the game as the Pittsburgh Pirates overcame a five-run, seventh-inning deficit to beat the Cincinnati Reds 10-7.

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"Neil Walker pushed me out of the dugout and told me to go to tip my cap," McKenry said. "It was special. It's good to have good teammates who want you to get recognized,and it's great to have the fans be so supportive and cheer that hard for you. A guy in my position, you just don't expect it."

McKenry got his curtain call after his two-run drive made it 6-6 in a six-run eighth inning against Jonathan Broxton (0-1).

McKenry had the first two-homer game of his four-year major league career, and Starling Marte hit a tiebreaking two-run drive.

Cincinnati has lost five straight, its longest slide since last Aug. 5-9. The Pirates swept the Reds for the first time since April 16-18, 2010, in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh trailed 5-0 when McKenry homered off Mat Latos leading off the seventh. Travis Snider's RBI double off the top of the right-field wall -- upheld after a video review -- chased Latos, Andrew McCutchen doubled in a run against Logan Ondrusek and pinch-hitter Gaby Sanchez had an RBI single off Manny Parra.

"The home run gave us some hope," Snider said. "We hit some balls hard early in the game and didn't have anything to show for it, but then Latos started making a lot of tough pitches. We hung with it, though, and it's a testament to the character of this team."

Latos said McKenry hit a good pitch.

"It was low and in the zone," Latos said. "He did what he was supposed to do, and you've got to give him credit."

Jack Hannahan's pinch RBI single off Jared Hughes (1-0) boosted Cincinnati's lead to 6-4 in the eighth, but Broxton walked Pedro Alvarez leading off the bottom half and McKenry's second homer tied it. Jose Tabata walked with one out, and Marte's first home run of the season gave the Pirates an 8-6 lead.

"You just don't expect to do that kind of damage against pitchers Latos and Broxton," McKenry said. "They're very good pitchers, and Latos has been particularly tough on us. I didn't know if we'd get to him the way he was pitching."

Pitcher Jonathan Sanchez pinch hit for Hughes and reached on Broxton's third walk of the inning and scored on Gaby Sanchez's sacrifice fly. Neil Walker added an RBI single.

Pittsburgh's three homers doubled its total this season. The Pirates have 32 runs during a 5-1 spurt after scoring eight in a 1-5 start.

The two homers and six runs allowed tied career highs for Broxton, a nine-year veteran. Reds manager Dusty Baker attributed Broxton's struggles to rustiness as he had not pitched in a week.

"He warmed up three times yesterday just to try to stay sharp," Baker said. "We need to get him some work. We need to start getting some more leads so we can get him in there more often."

Walker had three hits for Pittsburgh, while Snider hit two doubles, and Marte and McCutchen had two hits each.

Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips drove in three runs on a pair of singles, a day after attending his grandfather's funeral.

Cincinnati's Shin-Soo Choo had two hits and has reached base in all 12 games this season. Todd Frazier broke an 0-for-16 slump with a third-inning single and Chris Heisey ended a string of 14 hitless at-bats with a single in the second.

The Reds' Joey Votto led off the ninth with his first home run since June 24. He also drew three walks.

Pirates starter Phil Irwin had a rocky major league debut. He was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to replace left-hander Wandy Rodriguez, who strained his left hamstring Monday.

A 21st-round draft pick from the University of Mississippi in 2009, Irwin allowed five runs - four earned - six hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings while striking out four.

"As I much as I tried to stay calm and act like I was calm, nerves got the better of me early on," Irwin said. "I finally settled down in the third inning and I thought I did OK after that."

Latos gave up three runs and nine hits in 6 2-3 innings. He is 4-0 with a 2.55 ERA in 10 starts dating to August and has 48 strikeouts in 45 innings during seven career starts against the Pirates.

"It's a tough loss, the toughest one we've had in a long time," Baker said. "That was a rough day for all of us."

Notes

  • The Reds are not expected to update RHP Johnny Cueto's injury status until Monday; he left Saturday night's game in the fifth inning with a strained right triceps. A 19-game winner last season, was to be examined by team doctors in Cincinnati late Sunday afternoon.
  • Pittsburgh optioned INF/OF Josh Harrison to Indianapolis to open a roster spot for Irwin.
  • Heisey was dropped from second to seventh in the batting order.
  • Cincinnati opens a three-game home series against Philadelphia on Monday night with RHP Bronson Arroyo (1-1, 5.25) facing LHP Cliff Lee (2-0, 1.08).
  • RHP James McDonald (1-1, 3.75) will start for the Pirates on Monday when they begin a three-game series against St. Louis and RHP Lance Lynn (1-0, 4.50).
 
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Backup catcher Michael McKenry comes through with the first two-homer game of his four-year major league career. (Getty Images)
Backup catcher Michael McKenry comes through with the first two-homer game of his four-year major league career. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

M. McKenry
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
Cincinnati

B. Phillips
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shin-Soo Choo, CF4121012 .354
Zack Cozart, SS4100114 .159
Joey Votto, 1B2211301 .289
Brandon Phillips, 2B5023000 .327
Jay Bruce, RF5000032 .255
Todd Frazier, 3B5120012 .318
Chris Heisey, LF4120021 .167
Ryan Hanigan, C3110102 .069
Mat Latos, P3000003 .000
    Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
    Manny Parra, P0000000 .500
   a- Jack Hannahan, PH1011000 .600
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
    Aroldis Chapman, P0000000 .000
Totals36711658  
a-singled for Parra in the 8th
Batting
2B - Shin-Soo Choo (3, Irwin), Todd Frazier (3, Hughes)
HR - Joey Votto (1, Melancon)
RBI - Shin-Soo Choo (7), Joey Votto (3), Brandon Phillips 3 (14), Jack Hannahan (2)
SB - Joey Votto (1, 2nd base off Irwin/McKenry), Todd Frazier (2, 2nd base off Irwin/McKenry), Chris Heisey (2, 2nd base off Irwin/McKenry)
Team LOB - 8
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mat Latos 6.2933161 3.26
Logan Ondrusek0111000 6.75
Manny Parra (H,1) 0.1100000 2.08
Jonathan Broxton (BS,2; L,0-1) 0.2366302 11.57
Aroldis Chapman 0.1100000 0.00
WP - Logan Ondrusek (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Mat Latos 106-76, Logan Ondrusek 2-1, Manny Parra 10-6, Jonathan Broxton 31-13, Aroldis Chapman 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mat Latos 7-6, Jonathan Broxton 1-1
Batters Faced - Mat Latos 29, Logan Ondrusek 1, Manny Parra 2, Jonathan Broxton 8, Aroldis Chapman 2
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Starling Marte, LF5222022 .347
Travis Snider, RF4121011 .304
    Jared Hughes, P0000000 .000
   a- Jonathan Sanchez, PH0100100 .000
    Mark Melancon, P0000000 .000
Andrew McCutchen, CF5221010 .262
Garrett Jones, 1B3010000 .314
   b- Gaby Sanchez, PH-1B1012000 .136
Neil Walker, 2B5031001 .214
Pedro Alvarez, 3B3100204 .079
Michael McKenry, C4223011 .333
John McDonald, SS4010000 .125
Phil Irwin, P1000011 .000
    Jeanmar Gomez, P10100001.000
   c- Jose Tabata, PH-RF1100100 .125
Totals3710151046  
a-walked for Hughes in the 8th
b-singled for G. Jones in the 7th
c-grounded out for Gomez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Travis Snider 2 (3, Latos, Latos), Andrew McCutchen (4, Ondrusek)
HR - Starling Marte (1, Broxton), Michael McKenry 2 (2, Latos, Broxton)
SF - Gaby Sanchez (1)
RBI - Starling Marte 2 (7), Travis Snider (3), Andrew McCutchen (10), Gaby Sanchez 2 (4), Neil Walker (5), Michael McKenry 3 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Travis Snider (3), Andrew McCutchen (1), Gaby Sanchez (1), Neil Walker (1)
SB - Andrew McCutchen (5, 2nd base off Broxton/Hanigan)
CS - Travis Snider (1, 3rd base by Latos/Hanigan)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Andrew McCutchen 1
DP - McDonald-Walker-G. Jones, A. McCutchen-G. Jones
E - Starling Marte (1, Misplayed grounder)
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Phil Irwin 4.2654440 7.71
Jeanmar Gomez 2.1100110 1.29
Jared Hughes (W,1-0) 1311010 4.05
Mark Melancon 1111021 1.13
HBP - Choo (by Jeanmar Gomez)
WP - Jeanmar Gomez (1), Jared Hughes (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Phil Irwin 93-55, Jeanmar Gomez 39-21, Jared Hughes 20-14, Mark Melancon 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Phil Irwin 6-3, Jeanmar Gomez 3-2, Jared Hughes 1-1, Mark Melancon 1-0
Batters Faced - Phil Irwin 23, Jeanmar Gomez 9, Jared Hughes 6, Mark Melancon 4
Game Information
Attendance - 19239
Game Time - 3:42
Temperature - 54
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Al Porter, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Greg Gibson