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McCutchen's HRs rally Pirates over Reds in 11 innings

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CINCINNATI -- The Pirates' MVP saved them. Twice.

Andrew McCutchen tied the game with a solo homer in the ninth inning Saturday night, then connected again in the 11th inning, rallying the struggling Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

"Strange game," manager Clint Hurdle said. "It's summertime. Strange things are happening."

And some spectacular things from Pittsburgh's best player. The Pirates blew a four-run lead for the second straight night, but managed to come back behind McCutchen, who has more homers against Cincinnati than anyone else since 2009.

With two swings, he saved them from another discouraging meltdown.

"Huge swings of the bat for us," Hurdle said. "He's a special player."

The National League's 2013 MVP tied it in the ninth off Jonathan Broxton, filling in the closer's role because Aroldis Chapman had pitched four days in a row. He hit his 17th homer with two outs in the 11th off J.J. Hoover (1-7) for his ninth career multihomer game.

"He does a lot of unreal stuff," said left-hander Justin Wilson (3-1), who escaped a threat in the 10th. "He's an unbelievable player. I'm glad I'm on his team and I don't have to pitch against him."

Wilson got out of a threat in the 10th with the help of right fielder Gregory Polanco, who threw Ramon Santiago out at the plate as he tried to score from second base on Jay Bruce's single.

"I can't take all the credit," McCutchen said. "You've got to think of the throw from Polanco. That was a huge throw, a game-changer for us."

McCutchen put the Pirates back ahead with a first-pitch homer off Hoover.

"I was just ready to hit," he said. "It was a slider right down the middle, and I was ready to hit it."

Jeanmar Gomez pitched the 11th for his first career save.

"We know what they have over there," Bruce said. "A guy hits the tying and winning home runs -- you don't see that too often. I'm perfectly happy with what we did tonight, except for losing."

The Reds won the series opener 6-5 by rallying in the eighth inning against All-Star reliever Tony Watson, overcoming a four-run deficit. They pulled out of a four-run deficit again on Saturday but couldn't finish it off.

McCutchen has 20 career homers against Cincinnati, the most by any player in the majors since 2009. He's hit six of them this season, including three during the first two games of the series.

The Reds slipped to 7-3 on their 11-game homestand, remaining 1 1/2 games behind NL Central co-leaders Milwaukee and St. Louis. Cincinnati is 8-4 against the Pirates this season.

Pittsburgh is 2-4 on a trip to St. Louis and Cincinnati. The Pirates gave up two game-ending homers in St. Louis and blew a four-run lead in the series opener, a 6-5 Reds win.

The Reds got in position to win it with a pair of homers.

Chris Heisey batted for Mike Leake in the sixth and hit a two-run shot off Charlie Morton. Todd Frazier -- who will participate in the All-Star home run derby next week -- completed the comeback with a three-run shot off Morton, who had given up a total of six homers coming into the game.

Notes

All-Star Johnny Cueto (9-6) starts the final game of the series for Cincinnati. The Pirates plan to activate left-hander Francisco Liriano (1-6) off the disabled list. He has recovered from a strained oblique. ... McCutchen has hit safely in 11 of the 12 games against Cincinnati this season, going 20-for-47 with four doubles, six homers and eight RBIs. ... The Reds optioned reliever Curtis Partch, who got the win on Friday night, to Triple-A Louisville and brought up INF Neftali Soto, giving them four position players available on the bench. ... It was Heisey's eighth career pinch-hit homer, his second this season.

 
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Andrew McCutchen ties the game with a solo homer in the ninth, then connects again in the 11th inning. (USATSI)
Andrew McCutchen ties the game with a solo homer in the ninth, then connects again in the 11th inning. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

A. McCutchen
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 2
RBI 2
Cincinnati

T. Frazier
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gregory Polanco, RF5011112 .268
Travis Snider, LF4130001 .237
   a-Matt Hague, PH0000000 .000
   b-Ike Davis, PH1000002 .237
   Mark Melancon, P0000000 .000
   Tony Watson, P00000001.000
   Ernesto Frieri, P0000000 .000
   Justin Wilson, P0000000 .000
   c-Jaff Decker, PH-LF1000010 .000
Andrew McCutchen, CF5332014 .325
Neil Walker, 2B5000113 .272
Russell Martin, C3012010 .283
Pedro Alvarez, 3B4000121 .238
   Jeanmar Gomez, P00000001.000
Gaby Sanchez, 1B5110023 .232
Jordy Mercer, SS5130010 .253
Charlie Morton, P1000000 .067
   Jared Hughes, P0000000 .000
   d-Josh Harrison, PH-LF-3B2010000 .294
Totals416135310  
a-announced for Snider in the 8th
b-grounded out for Hague in the 8th
c-struck out for Wilson in the 11th
d-singled for Hughes in the 8th
Batting
2B - Andrew McCutchen (28, Leake)
HR - Andrew McCutchen 2 (17, Broxton)
SF - Russell Martin 2 (3)
SH - Charlie Morton 2 (8)
RBI - Gregory Polanco (14), Andrew McCutchen 2 (61), Russell Martin 2 (31)
2-OUT RBI - Andrew McCutchen (18)
SB - Gregory Polanco (6, 2nd base off Leake/Mesoraco)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Gregory Polanco 1
DP - G. Sanchez-Mercer, G. Sanchez-Mercer-Mercer-Alvarez-G. Sanchez
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Charlie Morton 6655262 3.32
Jared Hughes 1100010 1.93
Mark Melancon 1100010 2.38
Tony Watson 1200010 1.42
Ernesto Frieri 0000200 7.20
Justin Wilson (W,3-1) 1100120 4.89
Jeanmar Gomez (S,1) 1000000 3.45
IBB - Mesoraco by Justin Wilson
Pitches-Strikes - Charlie Morton 92-56, Jared Hughes 14-8, Mark Melancon 13-9, Tony Watson 17-13, Ernesto Frieri 10-2, Justin Wilson 17-8, Jeanmar Gomez 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Charlie Morton 5-5, Jared Hughes 1-1, Mark Melancon 1-1, Tony Watson 1-1
Batters Faced - Charlie Morton 24, Jared Hughes 4, Mark Melancon 4, Tony Watson 5, Ernesto Frieri 2, Justin Wilson 4, Jeanmar Gomez 3
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Billy Hamilton, CF6110023 .283
Ramon Santiago, 2B3110200 .263
Todd Frazier, 3B4123101 .291
Jay Bruce, RF5020012 .233
Devin Mesoraco, C4000131 .298
Ryan Ludwick, LF5020023 .270
Brayan Pena, 1B5010015 .255
Zack Cozart, SS4110101 .235
Mike Leake, P1000000 .119
   a-Chris Heisey, PH1112000 .224
   Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
   b-Donald Lutz, PH1000010 .200
   Sam LeCure, P0000000 .000
   Manny Parra, P0000000 .000
   Jumbo Diaz, P0000000 .000
   Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
   c-Neftali Soto, PH1000012 .103
   J.J. Hoover, P0000000 .000
   d-Kris Negron, PH1000000 .000
Totals415115511  
a-homered for Leake in the 6th
b-struck out for Ondrusek in the 7th
c-struck out for Broxton in the 9th
d-flied out for Hoover in the 11th
Batting
HR - Todd Frazier (18, Morton), Chris Heisey (3, Morton)
RBI - Todd Frazier 3 (51), Chris Heisey 2 (12)
SB - Billy Hamilton (38, 2nd base off Morton/Martin), Todd Frazier (14, 2nd base off Morton/Martin), Zack Cozart (3, 2nd base off Hughes/Martin)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Santiago-Cozart-B. Pena
E - Mike Leake (2, Throwing)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Leake 6944320 3.54
Logan Ondrusek (H,4) 1000020 4.31
Sam LeCure (H,12) 0.1200010 3.48
Manny Parra (H,14) 0.1000000 3.96
Jumbo Diaz (H,2) 0.1000000 4.91
Jonathan Broxton (BS,4) 1111021 1.13
J.J. Hoover (L,1-7) 2111031 4.95
HBP - A. McCutchen (by Mike Leake)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Leake 103-64, Logan Ondrusek 11-8, Sam LeCure 9-6, Manny Parra 2-2, Jumbo Diaz 1-1, Jonathan Broxton 21-14, J.J. Hoover 31-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Leake 11-4, Manny Parra 1-0, Jumbo Diaz 1-0, J.J. Hoover 1-2
Batters Faced - Mike Leake 30, Logan Ondrusek 3, Sam LeCure 3, Manny Parra 1, Jumbo Diaz 1, Jonathan Broxton 4, J.J. Hoover 7
Game Information
Attendance - 42789
Game Time - 4:06
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Manny Gonzalez, First Base - Tom Woodring, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Field Culbreth