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Reds Vs. Pirates: Bucs' Comeback Bid Comes Up Short

The Pirates' comeback attempt failed on Friday when they allowed three runs in the ninth inning.

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A Pirates comeback bid failed in the ninth inning as the Cincinnati Reds won the first game of the two teams' series on Friday night at PNC Park.

Kevin Correia allowed six runs and three homers in a ghastly start for the Bucs, but the Pirates managed to claw their way back from 6-2 and 7-4 deficits to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth inning, thanks to a two-run single by Brandon Wood and RBIs from Garrett Jones and Andrew McCutchen.

Joel Hanrahan entered the game with the score tied in the top of the ninth, however, and put two runners on base before a fielder's choice that involved two errors by Ryan Doumit. Ryan Hanigan then brought home two more runs with a single by Ryan Hanigan, and the Reds won 11-8.

The Pirates did manage 15 hits on the evening, with six players picking up two apiece.

For more on the Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout. For more on the Reds, check out Reds Reporter.

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