Cole loses, Pirates beaten by Reds 7-5 for split

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 15, 2014 at 10:51 pm •  Published: April 15, 2014
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CINCINNATI (AP) — Gerrit Cole wasn't at all surprised that his winning streak was broken by another pitcher swinging the bat.

Mike Leake doubled and hit a two-run homer Tuesday night, ending Cole's six-game winning streak and leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates that completed two days full of homers and delays.

First, the NL Central rivals completed a game that was suspended in the sixth inning because of rain the previous night. Andrew McCutchen doubled and came around on Russell Martin's single in the seventh inning, giving the Pirates an 8-7 win.

Too many mistakes in the next game prevented it from being a good night all-around.

"We're long on guts, we're long on grit," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "We've got to find a way to continually execute at a championship level."

Leake (2-1) gave up three runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings for a split. The right-hander has won his last four starts against the Pirates. Jonathan Broxton pitched out of a two-on threat in the ninth, converting his first save chance.

Leake, who has the most hits by a major league pitcher since 2010, doubled and scored in the third. He hit his third career homer in the sixth off Cole (2-1), who played at UCLA and watched Leake rack up hits at Arizona State.

"That guy's a good hitter as a pitcher," Cole said. "I saw that at Arizona State. He wore us out at the plate. That's not the first time he's done stuff like that."

Cole had trouble getting his pitches to go where he wanted. He gave up nine hits, three walks and five runs in six innings.

"A very frustrating game," Cole said. "I was getting balls up most of the game, really flirting with it, not being able to put guys away with two strikes.

"Everything was kind of wishy-washy over the plate."

Todd Frazier hit his second homer in two games, Joey Votto had four hits and Devin Mesoraco had three hits, including a bases-loaded single.

Neil Walker hit three of Pittsburgh's seven homers in the two games.

The teams wore their customary uniforms for the completion of the suspended game, then switched to commemorative No. 42 Jackie Robinson jerseys for the later game, which started 5 minutes later than originally scheduled.