Grilli allows HR in 9th, Pirates lose to Reds 6-5

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 18, 2014 at 12:23 am •  Published: June 18, 2014
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jason Grilli put himself in a tough situation and couldn't get out of it.

Behind in the count 2-0 with the score tied in the ninth inning, the Pittsburgh closer had no choice but to throw Todd Frazier a fastball.

Frazier was looking for it and hit a leadoff home run to center field Tuesday night, sending the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-5 victory over Grilli (0-2) and the Pirates.

"You can't fall behind the first guy you face, especially in a tie ballgame," Grilli said. "He dives over the plate. ... It just didn't work out."

Frazier's home run was his team-high 16th and it gave the Reds their fifth win in six games. The Pirates lost their second straight after winning four in a row.

Frazier leads NL third basemen in homers, extra-base hits (31) and slugging percentage (.524).

"I know he didn't want to walk me and put a guy on base," Frazier said. "I was looking to get a fastball I could handle and, fortunately, I was able to connect."

The Pirates used a three-run seventh to tie the score at 5 on RBI singles by Ike Davis, Russell Martin and Josh Harrison.

"We got nicked early but we came back with three," Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. "We've just got to be a little more efficient and get a one-run game like this to come our way."

Logan Ondrusek (2-2) got four outs for the win. Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless ninth for his 12th save, getting Clint Barmes to fly out to the left-field fence with two runners on to end the game.

"I've seen so many ballgames here, but I'm still never sure if a ball is going to carry out to left field," Hurdle said. "I thought it had a chance. Unfortunately, it was a few inches short."

Harrison matched a career high with four hits. He drove in two runs.

Starling Marte, Davis and Jordy Mercer added two hits apiece.

Andrew McCutchen extended his hitting streak to 12 games but came up short of becoming the first Pittsburgh player to have multiple hits in nine straight games since Rennie Stennett in 1971. Gregory Polanco became the first Pirates player to have a hit in each of the first seven games of his career since Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente in 1955.