7:10 PM ET, April 14, 2014
Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
CINCINNATI -- After all those home runs and an overnight delay, it was settled by a single.
Andrew McCutchen doubled and came around on Russell Martin's single in the seventh inning Tuesday, giving the Pittsburgh Pirates an 8-7 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in the completion of a game that spanned two days and 10 home runs.
The National League Central rivals put on a record-setting show Monday night before the game was suspended after six innings because of rain. They combined for 10 homers in those six innings, the most for a game in Great American Ball Park's 12 seasons.
"You just keep playing," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "It's something we take pride in. Things we can control, we try and stay on top of those. Things that are out of our control, you've got to let it go."
A few hundred fans were bundled in the stands when the game resumed with the temperature at 39 degrees. It was 66 degrees for the first pitch the previous evening.
McCutchen doubled off Sam LeCure (0-1) one out after play resumed and came around on a wild pitch and Martin's single up the middle, only the second run of the game that didn't come by way of a homer. McCutchen also singled in the ninth for his third hit of the game.
The Pirates improved to 6-2 in one-run games, while the Reds fell to 2-6.
"A big swing of the bat from Martin to drive in the plus-one, so it's another one-run game," Hurdle said.
The Pirates had a double, three singles and a walk after play resumed. The Reds managed only a single and a walk.
"Last night, we go six innings and score 14 runs," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "It was a tale of two completely different games."
The teams wore their customary uniforms for the completion of the suspended game and then switched to commemorative No. 42 Jackie Robinson jerseys for the other game, which started 5 minutes later than originally scheduled.
The series opener will be remembered more for what happened during a downpour. Many of the 10 combined homers Monday were hit during a heavy rain -- players were surprised the balls cleared the walls under those conditions. Plus, both teams had struggled to score runs in the opening weeks of the season, ranking in the bottom three in the NL.
Those six innings rank among the wildest in major league history.
"It was a Twilight Zone game, to be honest with you," Price said.
Pittsburgh had three sets of back-to-back homers, only the third time that has happened in major league history, according to STATS. The other two times: Cincinnati against the Braves in 1956, and Boston against the Yankees in 1977.
Neil Walker and Gaby Sanchez went back-to-back twice, only the second time that has happened in Pirates history. Toby Atwell and Jerry Lynch also went back-to-back twice against the Reds on April 27, 1954, according to STATS.
Pittsburgh hit six homers -- all solo shots -- and the Reds had four, all with two outs. The teams had a combined 17 hits before the suspension, 10 of them homers.
NOTES: The teams finished two homers shy of the major league record for combined homers in a game. ... Pittsburgh's six homers were one shy of the club record. The six solo homers were one shy of the major league record for one team. The 1977 Red Sox and 2006 Braves hit seven solo homers in a game, according to STATS and SABR. ... Reds starter Homer Bailey gave up four homers, a career high. ... The Pirates have hit 14 homers in their past three games at Great American. They hit six during an 8-3 win Sept. 28 that clinched home-field advantage for the NL wild-card playoff, a 6-2 win over Cincinnati at PNC Park.
CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 14: Gaby Sanchez #17 of the Pittsburgh Pirates rounds the bases after hitting a home run in...(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|Cincinnati leads 10-6 (as of Mon 4/14)|
|» Mon 4/14||PIT 8, @CIN 7||Box Score|
|Tue 4/15||@CIN 7, PIT 5||Recap|
|Wed 4/16||@CIN 4, PIT 0||Recap|
|Mon 4/21||@PIT 6, CIN 5||Recap|
|Tue 4/22||CIN 4, @PIT 1||Recap|
|Wed 4/23||CIN 5, @PIT 2||Recap|
|Thu 4/24||CIN 2, @PIT 1||Recap|
|Tue 6/17||CIN 6, @PIT 5||Recap|
|Wed 6/18||CIN 11, @PIT 4||Recap|
|Thu 6/19||@PIT 4, CIN 3||Recap|
|Fri 7/11||@CIN 6, PIT 5||Recap|
|Sat 7/12||PIT 6, @CIN 5||Recap|
|Sun 7/13||@CIN 6, PIT 3||Recap|
|Fri 8/29||@PIT 2, CIN 1||Recap|
|Sat 8/30||@PIT 3, CIN 2||Recap|
|Sun 8/31||CIN 3, @PIT 2||Recap|
|Sep 26, 2014||PIT (Morton) @ CIN (Leake)||7:10 PM ET|
|Sep 27, 2014||PIT (Liriano) @ CIN (Simon)||1:05 PM ET|
|Sep 28, 2014||PIT (Cole) @ CIN (Cueto)||1:10 PM ET|
|Complete Schedule: Pirates | Reds|
|1st||A McCutchen singled to center, S Marte scored.||1||0|
|1st||T Frazier homered to center (429 feet), J Votto scored.||1||2|
|2nd||N Walker homered to right center (437 feet).||2||2|
|2nd||G Sanchez homered to center (428 feet).||3||2|
|4th||R Ludwick homered to center (425 feet), T Frazier scored.||3||4|
|5th||S Marte homered to left center (391 feet).||4||4|
|5th||T Snider homered to left (358 feet).||5||4|
|5th||J Votto homered to right center (424 feet), N Soto scored.||5||6|
|6th||N Walker homered to right (380 feet).||6||6|
|6th||G Sanchez homered to left (386 feet).||7||6|
|6th||D Mesoraco homered to left (368 feet).||7||7|
|7th||R Martin singled to center, A McCutchen scored.||8||7|
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|Stadium||Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, OH|
|Attendance||17,756 (42% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||66 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Quinn Wolcott, Third Base - Gerry Davis|
The Pirates have hit back-to-back HRs 3 times today already: 2nd inning: Neil Walker - solo HR Gaby Sanchez - solo HR 5th inning: Starling Marte - solo HR Travis Snider - solo HR 6th inning: Neil Walker - solo HR Gaby Sanchez - solo HR From Elias: The last time a team had back-to-back HR 3 separate times in one game was on June 17, 1977 when the Red Sox did it. 1st inning: Rick Burleson and Fred Lynn 1st inning: Carlton Fisk and George Scott 7th inning: Carl Yastrzemski and Carlton Fisk From Elias: The last time 2 teammates hit back-to-back HR multiple times in one game was on June 19, 2012 when Colby Rasmus and Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays did it
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