Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

CIN
3
PIT
4
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
CIN 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 8 0
PIT 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 12 1

Game Information
Location: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 30,710

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pirates catcher Russell Martin didn't start Thursday's game. Rather, he ended it.

Martin drew a bases-loaded walk off Tony Cingrani with two outs in the 12th inning and Pittsburgh beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 to avoid a three-game sweep.

Cingrani's first pitch buzzed in low around the ankles of Martin, who drew boos from those left in attendance for not letting the ball hit him to score the winning run.

"I did wonder maybe if I would've got hit the game would be over," Martin said. "But when it's at your feet you just react, and I just reacted."

Later, Cingrani's 3-1 pitch caught what Reds manager Bryan Price thought was a part of the strike zone established during the game's proceedings.

Instead, it was ball four.

"I'm not saying we would have won this game," Price said. "But it certainly didn't give us an opportunity to go out there and compete in the 13th."

Cingrani (2-8) took the loss after he gave up a single to Gaby Sanchez, balked him to second, intentionally walked Josh Harrison and hit Clint Barmes with a pitch to load the bases.

Martin entered the game in the 10th and wound up walking twice.

Justin Wilson (2-0) retired the Reds in order in the top of the 12th.

Devin Mesoraco hit a solo homer in the Reds ninth off Jason Grilli, who blew his fourth save in 15 chances this season.

Grilli gave up a home run for the second time in three days, and has allowed four in 20 games this year. He gave up four homers in 54 appearances last season.

Billy Hamilton led off the game with a double against Jeff Locke, stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly by Joey Votto to put the Reds ahead 1-0. Votto doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jay Bruce for a 2-0 lead in the fourth.

Locke settled down though and worked six innings in which he allowed two runs on six hits and a walk.

Gregory Polanco opened the fourth with a single for Pittsburgh's first runner against Homer Bailey and the Pirates later scored three times in the fifth. With runners at the corners and Polanco at the plate, Bailey went through his pitching motion but did not release the ball and was called for a balk.

""It was one of those deals where you're thinking more about not falling than throwing the ball," Bailey said. "My back foot slipped out from me then I land on the side of my other the foot, so it was a circus all the way around. I was just trying not to fall backward."

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle offered that the call may have helped his hitters gain some traction against Bailey after he started with three perfect frames.

"I think that the balk call might have leaked in a little bit," Hurdle said. "Whether it rattled him, I don't know, he's a pro."

Polanco, Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen followed with singles that scored two runs for a 3-2 Pittsburgh lead.

"They hit some balls off the end of the bat, had some balls fall in," Bailey said.

Price pulled Bailey in the sixth and as reliever Sam LeCure took his warmup pitches, heavy rain began to fall and there was a 35-minute delay.

The Pirates twice put runners in scoring position after Mesoraco's tying homer.

McCutchen struck out looking at an offspeed offering from Aroldis Chapman in the ninth with runners at first and second. Marte struck out swinging in the 11th in the same situation.

NOTES: Polanco's single in the fourth extended his hitting streak to nine games, the longest by any Pirates player to begin a major league career. ... Barmes finished with his first four-hit game since May 30, 2009. ... RHP Charlie Morton (4-7, 3.09) opposes Cubs RHP Edwin Jackson (4-7, 5.11) on Friday afternoon as the Pirates open a three-game series at Wrigley Field. ... RHP Mat Latos (0-0, 0.00) is slated to make his second start of the season when the Reds return home to face RHP R.A. Dickey (6-5, 4.08) and the Toronto Blue Jays.

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Pitcher Matchup
Tony Cingrani
Innings Pitched:1.2 (Loss)
H 2, R 1, 4.55 ERA
Justin Wilson
(Win) Innings Pitched:1
H 0, R 0, 5.27 ERA
 

Pittsburgh batters
Player POS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gregory Polanco RF 6 1 2 0 0 0 5 .378
Starling Marte LF 5 0 1 1 1 3 3 .262
Andrew McCutchen CF 6 0 1 1 0 2 3 .317
Gaby Sanchez 1B 6 1 2 0 0 2 2 .252
Josh Harrison RF 5 0 0 0 1 2 2 .308
Jordy Mercer SS 3 0 0 0 0 2 2 .227
Pedro Alvarez 3B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .235
Clint Barmes SS 5 1 4 0 0 0 0 .263
Chris Stewart C 3 0 1 0 1 0 2 .269
Russell Martin C 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 .272
Jose Tabata RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .299
Jeff Locke P 2 1 0 0 1 1 1 .100
Tony Watson P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Mark Melancon P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Jason Grilli P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Travis Snider RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .227
Jared Hughes P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Vance Worley P 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000
Justin Wilson P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Cincinnati batters
Player POS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Billy Hamilton CF 5 1 1 0 0 2 1 .277
Todd Frazier 3B 5 0 3 0 0 1 1 .279
Joey Votto 1B 4 1 1 1 0 0 2 .273
Brandon Phillips 2B 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 .276
Jay Bruce RF 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 .211
Devin Mesoraco C 4 1 1 1 1 0 0 .304
Chris Heisey LF 5 0 0 0 0 1 1 .210
Zack Cozart SS 4 0 2 0 1 0 1 .237
Homer Bailey P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .192
Sam LeCure P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Ryan Ludwick LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .276
Logan Ondrusek P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Manny Parra P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Brayan Pena C 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .253
Jonathan Broxton P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Aroldis Chapman P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Tony Cingrani P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .143

Pittsburgh pitchers
Player IP H R ER BB SO PC-ST ERA
Jeff Locke 6 3 2 2 1 2 83-56 3.76
Jared Hughes 2 1 0 0 0 0 23-14 1.95
Jason Grilli 1 2 1 1 0 0 17-11 4.34
Mark Melancon 1 1 0 0 0 1 16-9 1.89
Tony Watson 1 1 0 0 1 0 20-9 0.82
Justin Wilson 1 0 0 0 0 1 8-6 5.27

Cincinnati pitchers
Player IP H R ER BB SO PC-ST ERA
Homer Bailey 5.2 9 3 3 1 5 92-64 4.68
Tony Cingrani 1.2 2 1 1 3 3 42-20 4.55
Aroldis Chapman 1.1 0 0 0 0 4 20-15 0.98
Logan Ondrusek 1.1 0 0 0 0 1 11-9 4.05
Jonathan Broxton 0.2 0 0 0 2 0 21-8 0.40
Manny Parra 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 12-6 4.43
Sam LeCure 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 4-3 3.54