PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Back-to-back doubles by Clint Barmes and Michael McKenry in the top of the 10th inning gave the Pirates enough to earn a 5-4 win Thursday night and take two of three games from NL Central leading Cincinnati.
With a 4-3 lead, Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan blew just his second save of the season, surrendering a solo home run to Ryan Ludwick to tie the game. It was Ludwick’s second home run — both towering, second-deck shots to left field.
Tied in the 10th, Barmes doubled and was driven in by McKenry’s double. It was the first run of the season scored off of Reds closer Aroldis Chapman.
Jay Bruce hit a home run off Pirates starter Kevin Correia in the second inning to give the Reds a 1-0 lead. Pittsburgh answered in the fourth inning, as Neil Walker hit an RBI double and Garrett Jones a sacrifice fly for a 2-1 advantage.
Ryan Ludwick tied the game for Cincinnati in the fifth with his first homer, a solo shot. Jones got a second RBI for the Pirates and Bruce earned his second RBI as well, both in the sixth inning, and the game was tied again, 3-3.
Michael McKenry hit a sac fly in the seventh and that held until the bottom of the ninth until Hanrahan’s blown save.