Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - After more than two years, Homer Bailey
finally pitched his second career complete game.
In the same place he got his first.
Bailey gave up just four hits and a walk Tuesday while striking out five and
the Cincinnati Reds rolled to an 8-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Throwing 77 of his 103 pitches for strikes, Bailey (4-3) picked up his first
complete game since a four-hit shutout over the Pirates on May 12, 2010.
He added two hits, including an RBI single, as the Reds bounced back from a
4-1 loss in the opener of the three-game series on Monday.
The game was delayed almost two hours because of rain, but the Reds showed
little rust. They had 12 hits, including three from Jay Bruce, for their ninth
win in 11 games.
Pirates starter Charlie Morton (2-6) gave up four runs on six hits and a walk
in four innings to take the loss, his third straight.
The Reds took a 2-0 lead on RBI doubles by Bruce and Todd Frazier in the
second inning, the only runs they would end up needing.
They went up 4-0 in the fourth after Bruce led off with a double. He went to
third on a wild pitch and scored on Frazier's triple to the left field wall.
Frazier also scored on the play after shortstop Josh Harrison's relay throw
sailed over the Pirates dugout and into the stands.
Andrew McCutchen's two-out triple in the first inning was the Pirates' only
hit until the fifth, when they recorded back-to-back-to-back singles by Matt
Hague, Rod Barajas and pinch-hitter Casey McGehee. Hague scored on McGehee's
hit to get the Pirates within 4-1.
Bruce walked against Chris Resop to lead off the sixth inning and scored later
on Bailey's two-out single to make it 5-1. The Reds then scored three runs off
Jared Hughes in the seventh to build an 8-1 lead. Brandon Phillips, Bruce and
Ryan Ludwick had three straight RBI singles in the inning.
The Pirates recalled infielder Jordy Mercer from Indianapolis on Tuesday and
optioned infielder Yamaico Navarro to the Triple-A club...The Pirates had a
four-game winning streak snapped and fell to 5-3 on a nine-game homestand.
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