Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pitching Caves in in Loss Cincinnati Puts Damper on Winning Streak, Hammers Morton, Relievers Reds 8, Pirates 1

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pitching Caves in in Loss Cincinnati Puts Damper on Winning Streak, Hammers Morton, Relievers Reds 8, Pirates 1

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In a rare occurrence Tuesday night, the Pirates pitching staff surrendered the game to the opposing team.

The Cincinnati Reds hit Charlie Morton's offerings hard and drove him from the game early. When they forced the Pirates bullpen into duty, they showed the relievers the same treatment.

The Pirates lost, 8-1, to the Reds in a late-night endeavor at PNC Park that began one hour, 54 minutes late because of heavy rain.

The delay did not affect the Reds, who took advantage of Morton in the early innings. Morton (2-6) pitched four innings, his shortest outing of the season, and allowed six hits, four for extra bases.

Morton has allowed 45 hits in his past 331/3 innings. He had allowed at least seven hits in each of his previous five starts.

Morton's outings this season against the Reds have not matched those from a year ago. He went 3-0 in four starts, including two complete games, with a 0.93 ERA in 2011.

Jared Hughes allowed three runs in the seventh. The first five batters he faced hit safely and he hit the sixth with a pitch.

Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce did the majority of the damage. Bruce had two doubles and scored three runs, and Phillips went 2 for 4 with an RBI. Todd Frazier also drove in two runs, and even starter Homer Bailey went 2 for 3 with a run-scoring single.

Morton had not pitched fewer than six innings since May 1, when he allowed five earned runs in 41/3 innings against the St. Louis Cardinals. His ERA is 4.65.

Bailey (4-3) entered the game Tuesday 5-0 with a 1.94 ERA against the Pirates in his career, and his dominance against them continued. He allowed a triple and a walk in the first before retiring 11 consecutive Pirates. Matt Hague's one-out single in the fifth ended the streak.

Two doubles gave the Reds two runs in the second. Phillips singled before Bruce hit Morton's outside curveball to the wall in left-center field, scoring Phillips. …

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