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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Pirates Rough Up Raisel Iglesias

Raisel Iglesias string of quality starts was snapped at seven when Andrew McCutchen drilled his 21st home run, a three-run shot, in the third inning.  McCutchen's blast was the key to Pittsburgh's 7-3 win.

Pittsburgh starter Francisco Liriano doubled to open the inning. Gregrory Polanco singled past a diving Brandon Phillips to start the scoring. Starling Marte followed with a ground single through the left side of the infield in front of McCutchen'a blast.

"It was just a bad inning that can happen to any pitcher," Iglesias said. "The pitch to Liriano was a fastball up. I fell behind and just tried to get it up and he put a good swing on it."

Jung Ho Kang doubled with one out and scored from third on a balk to cap the five-run third.

The Reds got three hits off Liriano in six scoreless innings.  Two Reds were hit by pitches, one of them caused Adam Duvall to leave the game with a left knee contusion.  Votto was hit in the first inning, extending to 27 games his streak for reaching base.

It was Liriano's first win against the Reds in 11 regular season tries. He was the winning pitcher in the wild card game in Pittsburgh in 2013.

Kristopher Negron, who was recalled from Louisville on Tuesday, was injured making a diving catch of Marte's bid for a fourth hit.  He was diagnosed with a dislocated left shoulder and will be examined more closely on Wednesday.

Liriano left the game in the hands of Jared Hughes after Liriano struck out 10 batters.
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Josh Smith and Carlos Contreras pitched two scoreless innings apiece.

Kang hit his 14th home run off Collin Balester in the eighth inning.  The Pirates added another run off Ryan Mattheus.

The Reds scored three runs off Pirates' closer Mark Melancon who needed an inning of work. Skip Schumaker hit into a force play to score Jay Bruce who reached on his second single of the game.

Brandon Phillips hit two singles. Eugenio Suarez wore the "Golden Sombrero" for striking out four times, going into his last at bat.

Suarez tripled to drive in two runs against Arquimedes Caminero. The runs were charged to Melancon.

"That was great," Bryan Price said. "It was good to see. We got Melancon to throw 22 pitches. There were no quick at bats."

Votto struck out when he checked his swing on a foul tip. The home plate umpire, James Hoye, got help fromt John Tumpane at third, who said catcher Chris Stewart caught the ball.

"That's a simple play for instant replay," Price said. "I didn't see it myself but the people who did said it hit the ground first.  That's a play that can easily be reviewed. We're expecting a guy 100 feet away to make that call. It may not be an important game but it is important to us. What if that's the seventh game of the World Series and it ends right there. The umpires said they would like to have it reviewed. It's not their fault. They are both out of position."

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