CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 7: Neil Walker #18 of the Pittsburgh Pirates doubles to drive in a run in the fourth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on June 7, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Pirates Vs. Reds: Bucs Clinch Series With 5-4 Win In Extra Innings

The Bucs took their series against the division-leading Reds with an extra-innings 5-4 win on Thursday night.

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Pirates Vs. Reds Recap: Pittsburgh Takes Series With Extra Innings 5-4 Win

The Pittsburgh Pirates clinched their series against the NL Central-leading Reds on Thursday night with a 5-4 win in extra innings. The Bucs took a one-run lead into the bottom of the ninth but Joel Hanrahan gave up a home run to Ryan Ludwick which evened it up at 4-4. Undeterred, the Bucs came back in the top of the tenth and went ahead by a run. With the hard-throwing and nearly unhittable Aroldis Chapman on the hill, the Bucs led off the inning with back-to-back doubles. First, it was Clint Barmes, who had a big night in the first game of the series and started it with a ground rule double. Matt McKenry followed that up with a double to right center that knocked in Barmes for the winning run.

In the lead-off spot, Alex Presley had another impressive night at the plate, going two for five and scoring two runs. Both Garrett Jones and McKenry knocked in two runs apiece. McKenry put the Bucs ahead on two separate occasions, in the seventh and then for good in the 10th.

The Bucs nearly blew it again in the 10th but Chris Resop got out of an early jam to erase a lead-off double by Joey Votto. Two games over .500 and two games back in the standings, the Pirates now return home to begin a stretch of interleague play. They host the Kansas City Royals on Friday night with Erik Bedard on the mound.

For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Pirates, visit Bucs Dugout. For the opponent's perspective, there's Red Reporter. And as always, please check out the SB Nation MLB Baseball hub page for more on this and every Major League series.

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Pirates Vs. Reds Lineups: Jose Tabata Returns, Rod Barajas Out

Here’s the Pirates’ lineup as they play the finale of their series in Cincinnati on Thursday night.

Alex Presley LF
Neil Walker 2B
Andrew McCutchen CF
Garrett Jones 1B
Pedro Alvarez 3B
Jose Tabata RF
Clint Barmes SS
Michael McKenry C
Kevin Correia P

Here’s the Reds’ lineup.

Zack Cozart SS
Chris Heisey CF
Joey Votto 1B
Brandon Phillips 2B
Jay Bruce RF
Todd Frazier 3B
Ryan Ludwick LF
Devin Mesoraco C
Mike Leake P

Reds CF Drew Stubbs continues to sit after suffering a strained oblique earlier in the series.

For the Pirates, catcher Rod Barajas gets a day off. Also, Matt Hague sits against the righty Leake. Jose Tabata, who has played poorly recently while jogging through some plays due to a hamstring injury, is back in the starting lineup after a few days out of it.

For more on the Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout. For more on the Reds, there’s Red Reporter.

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Pirates Vs. Reds: Rubber Match Features Kevin Correia, Mike Leake

The Pirates and Reds play the rubber match of their three-game series in Cincinnati on Thursday at 7:10 p.m.

The game will pit two back-of-the-rotation pitchers in Kevin Correia and Mike Leake. Correia may not be with the Bucs' rotation much longer, and a 20:19 K:BB ratio for the season doesn't exactly portend success, but he's performed fairly well recently, snagging a win in Milwaukee last weekend and putting up a quality start last week against the Cubs.

The Pirates beat Leake in early May, and he got bombed in his next start against the Nationals as well, but he's been much better recently, with solid recent starts against the Braves and Astros to his credit.

After defeating the Bucs 5-4 on Wednesday, the Reds currently hold a three-game lead over the Pirates and Cardinals in the NL Central.

For more on the Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout. For more on the Reds, there's Red Reporter.

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Pirates Vs. Reds Final Score: Pittsburgh's Late Rally Falls Short, Go Down 5-4

The Pittsburgh Pirates fell in an early hole to the Cincinnati Reds when the Bucs gave up four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to go down 5-0. The Pirates weren't done however and battled back. It took until the eighth inning, but the PIrates finally got on the board with a Neil Walker RBI single.

The Pirates then went on a rally adding three more runs after the Walker RBI, as Andrew McCutchen blasted a three-run home run to center field to bring the Pirates within a run. The rally ended when Jose Tabata grounded out however and the Pirates couldn't get anymore runs to tie the game, going down to the Reds 5-4. The Pirates can still win the series with a victory on Thursday, however.

For more on the Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout. For more on the Reds, there's Red Reporter. Go to Baseball Nation for additional news and notes around the league.

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Pirates Vs. Reds Score Update: Pittsburgh Down 5-0 Early

The Pittsburgh Pirates picked up an 8-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night, but find themselves in a 5-0 hole through the first five innings on Wednesday night. The Reds took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning thanks to a Brandon Phillips solo home run.

The Reds poured on the runs in the fifth inning however, plating four players to push their lead to 5-0. Ryan Ludwick hit a double to left center, hitting in Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, and Todd Frazier. Ryan Hanigan hit in the fourth run of the inning, playing Ryan Ludwick to follow up his double.

The Pirates bats have struggled in the game trying to hit Johnny Cueto, getting just two hits through five innings and managed just three base runners. Starting pitcher for the PIrates, Brad Lincoln, lasted just four innings before being pulled.

For more on the Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout. For more on the Reds, there's Red Reporter.

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Pirates Vs. Reds Lineups: No Changes For Pittsburgh In Game 2

The Pittsburgh Pirates play the second game of three against the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night, looking to duplicate the offensive production shown in Tuesday's 8-4 win. The Pirates will send Brad Lincoln to the hill against Johnny Cueto of the Reds. On offense, the Pirates are using the same lineup they used on Tuesday.

The Reds, on the other hand, are making a couple of changes to their lineup. Chris Heisley will bat in the No. 2 spot in the order after batting No. 6 on Tuesday. Last night's centerfielder Drew Stubbs will be given the night off, while Heisley will play in center field, and Ryan Ludwick plays left.

The game is scheduled for a 7:10 first pitch from the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.

For more on the Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout. For more on the Reds, there’s Red Reporter.

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Pirates Vs. Reds: Brad Lincoln Faces Johnny Cueto In Second Game Of Series

The Pirates continue their surprising run at contention in the NL Central as they look for a second straight win over the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday night at 7:10.

The Pirates send Brad Lincoln, who’s replacing Charlie Morton, who was recently placed on the disabled list. Lincoln has been one of the Pirates’ most pleasant surprises this season, mostly pitching out of the bullpen and showing much better stuff than he had in the past. He has 26 strikeouts so far this year in 26 innings spread over 14 appearances, including one start.

The Reds’ starter will be ace Johnny Cueto, who the Pirates beat last week. Previously, Cueto had dominated the Bucs. Cueto has a career 2.55 ERA in 106 innings against the Pirates.

The Pirates are two games behind the Reds for first place in the N.L. Central. If they can sweep the series, they’ll be in first.

For more on the Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout. For more on the Reds, there’s Red Reporter.

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Pirates Vs. Reds Recap: Alex Presley Impressive In Return, Bucs Win 8-4

The Pittsburgh Pirates opened their series against the NL Central-leading Reds on Tuesday night with an 8-4 win in Cincinnati. The Bucs are now two games over .500 and just two games back of the Reds. A.J. Burnett gave up two early runs in the first inning but the Pittsburgh offense would respond in a big way, chasing Cincy starter Homer Bailey after just three innings.

The Bucs evened things in the top of the second with two quick runs off Bailey. Garrett Jones led of the inning with a single and promptly stole second base. Casey McGehee brought him in with a single to right field. McGehee was wiped out on a Rod Barajas fielder's choice, but Clint Barmes knocked in the slow-footed catcher from first with a double to deep centerfield.

Pittsburgh then blew it open in the third, putting a four-spot on the board. The recently recalled Alex Presley started the inning with a triple. Neil Walker followed him with a two-run shot to to dead center that went 426 feet. A Matt Hague single and two walks set up a bases-loaded opportunity for Barmes, who came through again with a two-run single to push the lead to 6-2.

The Bucs extended it to 8-2 with two solo blasts in the fifth and sixth innings. McGehee continued his big night, crushing one to right. In the sixth, it was Presley again, who had a loud first night in his return to the bigs with a near identical homer to right in the hitter's park along the Ohio River.

Game 2 will be Wednesday night with an opportunity for Pittsburgh to get within a game of first place. Brad Lincoln will be on the hill against Johnny Cueto.

Stick with this StoryStream for more news and updates throughout the Pirates series with the Reds. For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Pirates, visit Bucs Dugout. For the opponent's perspective, there's Red Reporter. And as always, please check out the SB Nation MLB Baseball hub page for more on this and every Major League series.

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Pirates Vs. Reds: Tuesday Starting Lineups

It doesn't get any easier for the Pittsburgh Pirates. After taking two of three from the Milwaukee Brewers over the weekend, the Bucs head to Cincinnati to face the N.L. Central-leading Reds in a three-game weekday series. The first game begins tonight at Great American Ballpark at 7:10 p.m. EST on ROOT.

Taking the hill for Pittsburgh is A.J. Burnett, who's gone 4-2 and posted a 3.60 ERA through eight starts this season. He will go against Homer Bailey, who will be on the mound for the Reds.

Here are tonight's starting lineups.

Pirates (27-26)

Alex Presley LF
Neil Walker 2B
Andrew McCutchen CF
Garrett Jones RF
Matt Hague 1B
Casey McGehee 3B
Rod Barajas C
Clint Barmes SS
A.J. Burnett P

Reds (30-23)

Zack Cozart SS
Drew Stubbs CF
Joey Votto 1B
Brandon Phillips 2B
Jay Bruce RF
Chris Heisey LF
Todd Frazier 3B
Devin Mesoraco C
Homer Bailey P

Stick with this StoryStream for more news and updates throughout the Pirates series with the Reds. For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Pirates, visit Bucs Dugout. For the opponent's perspective, there's Red Reporter. And as always, please check out the SB Nation MLB Baseball hub page for more on this and every Major League series.

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Pirates Vs. Reds: Alex Presley Recalled For Series In Cincinnati

Above .500 and with an eye on making up ground on the NL Central leaders, the Pittsburgh Pirates head to Cincinnati for a three-game series with the Reds.

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