Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Walker's Single in 9th Brings Home a Victory Pirates 6, Reds 5

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Walker's Single in 9th Brings Home a Victory Pirates 6, Reds 5

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Neil Walker singled to right field to score Russell Martin in the ninth inning to give the Pirates a 6-5 victory Monday against the Cincinnati Reds, as the two teams reunited at PNC Park for the first time since the electric 2013 National League wild-card game.

Martin and Andrew McCutchen drew one-out walks off reliever J.J. Hoover. Pedro Alvarez popped up to the third base side of the infield and then Walker -- behind in the count, 0-2 -- blooped a curveball into right field.

The Pirates had trailed, 5-4, in the eighth before McCutchen homered to tie the score, 5-5.

Reliever Justin Wilson inherited runners on the corners with no outs after Pirates manager Clint Hurdle opted to keep starter Francisco Liriano out for the eighth.

A 14-innning game Sunday ate into his bullpen, and Liriano had settled after giving up two earned runs in the first and third, and one unearned run in the seventh.

Brandon Phillips and Todd Frazier hit back-to-back singles to open the eighth, ending Liriano's outing at 101 pitches. Both eventually scored. Jay Bruce hit a run-scoring double off Wilson, and Devin Mesoraco drove in Bruce with a single to give the Reds a 5- 4 lead.

The Pirates trailed, 2-0, early but were set up for a dramatic win by the likes of newcomer Ike Davis, who hit a first-pitch grand slam in the fourth to give the Pirates a 4-2 lead.

Davis, who was acquired Friday from the New York Mets, singled in his first at-bat and drove a first-pitch fastball over the Clemente Wall in right to endear himself to Pittsburgh.

McCutchen singled to start off the fourth, Alvarez followed with a double and Walker was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Davis, who went 2 for 3 Saturday in his debut with the Pirates, came to the plate.

It was the second grand slam this season for Davis against the Reds, his first coming in walk-off style in a ninth-inning pinch- hitting situation April 5 for the Mets. …

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