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Solo Home Runs Lift Mike Leake and the Cincinnati Reds Past the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1

June 18th, 2013 at 3:19 PM
By Cody Dalga

Four Reds players launched solo home runs to help Mike Leake get the win in a 4-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. 

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Leake went seven innings allowing six hits and a single earned run while striking out three. The victory gives him seven wins on the season and his earned run average dropped to 2.64

"He's quietly going on about his business," said Reds manager Dusty Baker. "No fanfare, no difference in personality. It's the same Mike Leake. He's just pitching."

Both teams were scoreless through three innings before the Reds took the lead in the fourth. Zack Cozart took a two-out slider and lined it into the left field seats to take a 1-0 lead. It was Cozart's seventh home run.
 
The Pirates tied the game in the sixth with a Russell Martin RBI double, but the tie did not last long.
 
In the bottom half of the inning Todd Frazier hit a solo home run to left for his ninth home run. The Reds led 2-1.
 
Both teams were held scoreless in the seventh and in the eighth, the Reds added two more insurance runs thanks to solo shots form Joey Votto and Jay Bruce.
 
Both Sam LeCure and Tony Cingrani pitched in relief and combined for a single inning of work only allowing one hit. Cingrani struck out two batters. 
 
Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth and collected yet another save. The win moved the Reds to 43-28, giving them the second best record in baseball. Mat Latos will try and stay undefeated in game two tonight. 

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