The Pittsburgh Pirates are at .500 for the first time since the fourth game of the season. They beat the Cincinnati Reds on Monday afternoon for their fourth win in a row. A win on Tuesday would put the Pirates on the winning side of the ledger for the first time since August 1, 2011.
On the mound for the Bucs is Charlie Morton, who lost his last two outings. Despite the decision, the right-hander allowed only three earned runs in seven innings of work against the Mets in his last start. He lost to the Reds on May 6, surrendering four earned runs on seven hits and two walks, including a pair of home runs.
Homer Bailey takes the hill for the Reds. Bailed picked up wins in both of his last outings, striking out 14 and walking just two. He has yet to face the Pirates this season.
Helping the Pirates at the plate is a resurgent Pedro Alvarez. He had two doubles on Monday, and has seven hits in his last 24 at-bats. Neil Walker has hits in all but two of his last 10 games. Better hitting from those two has given Andrew McCutchen more protection in the lineup.
The game starts at 7:05 p.m. from PNC Park. Fans can watch the game on ROOT Sports.
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