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Cincinnati Reds Ninth Inning Rally Leads to Big Win Over Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-5

September 21st, 2013 at 5:40 PM
By Cody Dalga

If last night was any indication of what October will bring, baseball fans will be in for a treat.

With the Cincinnati Reds trailing 5-2 heading into the ninth, a throwing error and two-run single allowed the Reds to send the game into extras where Joey Votto hit a solo home run which turned out to be the game winner as Cincinnati defeated Pittsburgh 6-5 at PNC Park. 

'Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19)' photo (c) 2011, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/Cincinnati has been dismal when trailing after eight innings, winning just two games out of the 56 they've played this season. 

"We hadn't come back in a long time, especially on the road," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "In past years, it was the norm for us to come back."

The biggest win of the season put the Reds and the Pirates in a tie for second place in the NL Central just two games behind the St. Louis Cardinals.
 
Cincinnati got the game going with an RBI single by Ryan Ludwick in the first but the Pirates answered with back-to-back solo home runs to lead off the bottom half of the inning. 
 
Pittsburgh extended their lead in the fourth inning with consecutive RBI singles by Russell Martin and Jordy Mercer.

The Reds and Pirates traded runs and Pittsburgh led by three heading into the ninth. Votto struck out to lead off but Ludwick singled to get the rally started. Jay Bruce grounded out to leave the Reds with one out. Todd Frazier then hit a ground ball to shortstop Jordy Mercer who threw the ball away to allow Ludwick to score and send Frazier to second. 

"Jordy makes that play 99 out of 100 times," Pirates pitcher Mark Melancon said. "You know what? That doesn't kill us, we still have an opportunity to win after that."

After a Zack Cozart single, Billy Hamilton pinch-ran and did what he does best, steal a base, putting runners on second and third with two out. Devin Mesoraco then stepped into the box looking to tie the game. After falling into a 2-2 count, he fouled off four pitches before hitting a sharp ground ball to the third basemen. The ball deflected off of the glove of Pedro Alvarez and trickled into left field allowing both Frazier and Hamilton to score and tie the game at five. 
 
Pittsburgh was unable to score in the ninth and they headed to extras. After a quick out, Joey Votto stepped up to the plate. On the third pitch of his at-bat, he hit a deep fly ball into the left field corner that barely cleared the fence for his 24th homerun of the year. It was also the shortest homerun of his career at just 338 feet. 

"I didn't think it was going to be a home run or fair. I was pretty stunned," Votto said.

Aroldis Chapman came in for the bottom half of the tenth and shut the door to give J.J. Hoover the win. Mat Latos started the game and went six innings surrendering four earned runs on eight hits while striking out one. 

With just eight games left in the regular season, the Reds are riding a four game winning streak. They face off against the Pirates tonight at 7:05.


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Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Baseball, Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds, Devin Mesoraco, J.J. Hoover, Jay Bruce, Joey Votto, Mat Latos, MLB, Ryan Ludwick, todd frazier, zack cozart

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