PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — Ryan Ludwick’s walk-off single saved the game for the Pirates as they narrowly beat the Cincinnati Reds, 4-3 on Friday night.
Pirates’ pitcher Jeff Locke lasted four and 2/3 innings, giving up six hits and one run. In all, the bullpen gave up 11 hits and struck out eight.
Garret Jones had a two-run homer and Ryan Doumit drove in a run to give the Pirates a 3-0 lead.
The Reds began a rally in the fifth inning when Joey Votto hit an RBI double. Then, Paul Janish had an RBI single and in the ninth, Brandon Phillips tied it after Todd Frazier was hit by a pitch.
The Pirates reached 70 wins for the first time since 2004.
A year after winning the National League Central title, Cincinnati (76-81) is assured of its 10th losing season in the past 11 years.
Ryan Doumit had two hits and an RBI and Andrew McCutchen added two hits for Pittsburgh, which won for the second in its past seven games overall and second time in its past seven home games.