Reds lose to Pirates 8-7 in suspended game

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 15, 2014 at 6:25 pm •  Published: April 15, 2014
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CINCINNATI (AP) — No homers, no two-out hits. The Reds were all out of them once the game resumed.

Andrew McCutchen doubled and came around on Russell Martin's single in the seventh inning on Tuesday, giving the Pittsburgh Pirates an 8-7 victory in the completion of a game that spanned two days and 10 home runs.

The NL Central rivals put on a record-setting show Monday night before the game was suspended after six innings because of rain. They combined for 10 homers in those six innings, the most for a game in Great American Ball Park's 12 seasons.

The Reds hit all of their four homers with two outs, repeatedly taking the lead that they'd just given up. Once the Pirates got ahead on Tuesday, there was no catching up.

"Last night, we go six innings and score 14 runs," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "It was a tale of two completely different games."

The Pirates had a double, three singles and a walk after play resumed. The Reds managed only a single and a walk.

"You just keep playing," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "It's something we take pride in. Things we can control, we try and stay on top of those. Things that are out of our control, you've got to let it go."

A few hundred fans were bundled in the stands when the game resumed with the temperature at 39 degrees. It was 66 degrees for the first pitch the previous evening.

McCutchen doubled off Sam LeCure (0-1) one out after play resumed and came around on a wild pitch and Martin's single up the middle, only the second run of the game that didn't come by way of a homer. McCutchen also singled in the ninth for his third hit of the game.

The Pirates improved to 6-2 in one-run games, while the Reds fell to 2-6.

"A big swing of the bat from Martin to drive in the plus-one, so it's another one-run game," Hurdle said.

Bryan Morris (2-0) gave up Devin Mesoraco's tying solo homer in the sixth inning on Monday night, but was still the pitcher of record. Jason Grilli pitched the ninth for his fourth save in five chances.

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