After trailing 5-0 in the seventh inning, the Pittsburgh Pirates were able to put together 10 runs between the seventh and eighth inning, to beat the Cincinnati Reds, 10-7. Sunday afternoon’s win marks the first time the Pirates have swept the Reds since April 16-18, 2010 and extends the Reds’ losing streak to five games.
The Pirates’ offense was struggling to get started until Michael McKenry crushed a solo home run in the seventh inning off Matt Latos. The backup catcher added a second home run in the eighth inning off Reds’ relief pitcher Jonathan Broxton. McKenry was responsible for three of the Pirates’ 10 runs scored on Sunday afternoon.
McKenry had only been in two games this season, prior to Sunday afternoon. Coming into the Pirates’ tilt against the Reds, the backup catcher had gone 1-for-5 with a double and a run scored.
The two home runs and six runs allowed tied career highs for Broxton.
After blowing the lead to the Pirates, the Reds didn’t get a sign of relief when their star first baseman’s bat finally came alive. Joey Votto crushed a 1-0 pitch out of the park off Mark Melancon in the ninth inning. Votto’s home run was his first since June 24 of last season.
The Pirates could end up being the surprise team this season in National League Central. Even though they currently sit at 6-6, they did just post three straight wins against a powerhouse Reds team.