Pirates break tie to beat Reds, 8-7, in suspended game



CINCINNATI — The Pirates broke a tie in the seventh inning and defeated the Cincinnati Reds, 8-7, Tuesday evening at Great American Ball Park in the conclusion of a game that was suspended Monday due to rain.

Play resumed in the top of the seventh inning after the teams played to a 7-7 tie through six innings Monday night.

Andrew McCutchen doubled with one out in the seventh against Reds reliever Sam LeCure. On the pitch before the double, McCutchen leaned backward away from a pitch up and in and appeared to tweak his back or side. Manager Clint Hurdle and head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk checked on McCutchen, but he stayed in the game.

McCutchen took third on a wild pitch and scored on Russell Martin’s single, giving the Pirates an 8-7 lead.

Tony Watson allowed a runner to reach third in the seventh inning after a single, sacrifice bunt and groundout, but Watson struck out Brandon Phillips to strand the runner.

Mark Melancon worked the eighth and Jason Grilli recorded the save in the ninth.

The teams had combined to hit 10 home runs in six innings Monday night, setting a new Great American Ball Park record.


Bill Brink: bbrink@post-gazette.com and on Twitter @BrinkPG.

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