CINCINNATI (AP) -- When it was over, left-hander Phil Dumatrait 'fessed up. Yes, he really wanted this one.
He wanted to show the Cincinnati Reds how far he'd come since they cast him aside as a struggling rookie. The proof was in the pitching line: seven innings, two infield hits.Jason Bay and Xavier Nady homered in support of Dumatrait's statement-making start Thursday night, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 7-2 victory that ended Cincinnati's home winning streak at nine games.The Pirates salvaged the finale of a three-game series by taking it more than one base at a time. They piled up six doubles and the two homers off a pitching staff that's still off-kilter from a marathon game.And, they couldn't touch Dumatrait."It was definitely special for me to go out there," Dumatrait said. "I was definitely looking forward to it. Obviously it didn't go as planned here last year."The Reds couldn't extend their best home winning streak in 28 years because they couldn't do anything against Dumatrait (2-2). The left-hander had the best start of his career, beating the team that let him get away last October.He was 0-4 in six starts for Cincinnati last season with a 15.00 ERA, prompting the Reds to put him on waivers. The Pirates claimed him, and he's gone 2-1 in six starts.On Thursday, the Reds saw an entirely different pitcher."The scouting report said fair stuff but wild," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "I didn't see wild, and I saw great stuff. Sometimes, that happens against your former team. I wish it didn't."Dumatrait's seven innings and nine strikeouts against Cincinnati were career highs."He's a year more mature," manager John Russell said. "He really worked hard over the winter. It seems like he's been on a mission since we got him."The Reds' pitching staff was in disarray following an 18-inning loss in San Diego on Sunday. Starters Aaron Harang and Edinson Volquez wound up pitching in relief, throwing everybody's routine off.Harang (2-7) wasn't very sharp on three days of rest. He threw four scoreless relief innings on Sunday, striking out a season-high nine Padres, and couldn't keep his pitches down against the Pirates."I felt like I didn't have it from the get-go," Harang said. "I knew it was going to be a long day today."Harang lasted only four innings and give up a season-high six runs. He also matched his season high by allowing 10 hits, another indication that his relief appearance in San Diego sapped him."I think it affected him quite a bit," Baker said. "I think it caught up with him. He took one for the team on Sunday."No surprise that Bay and Nady had the biggest hits.Bay doubled and scored on Nady's double in the third and then hit a two-run homer off Harang in the fourth. It was Bay's 14th homer at Great American Ball Park, his most any place on the road. Houston's Lance Berkman is the only visiting player with more (18)."Everyone wants to know if there's a magical reason, but no," Bay said. "You go certain places and see the ball better. You know the ball carries a little bit. You know you may get one that may not have gone [out] somewhere else and have all the confidence. There's a bunch of factors that go into it."Nady hit a solo homer off reliever Jeremy Affeldt in the fifth, extending his tear in Cincinnati. The outfielder has hit safely in his last nine games at Great American, where he has a .372 career average with six homers.Cincinnati's lineup was missing right fielder Ken Griffey Jr. and third baseman Edwin Encarnacion, who got a day of rest to work on their swings. Encarnacion pinch-hit and struck out. Griffey has only one homer in his last 115 at-bats, leaving him two shy of 600.Outfielder Jay Bruce went 0-for-3 and was hit by a pitch. The Reds called up their top prospect for the start of the series, and he was 4-for-9 with four walks in the three games.
The Pirates called up right-hander Bryan Bullington, their first pick in the 2002 draft, to help their depleted bullpen. They optioned right-hander Marino Salas to Triple-A Indianapolis. Pittsburgh's bullpen has thrown the most innings in the NL. ... Right-hander Josh Fogg will start for the Reds against Atlanta on Saturday. Right-hander Matt Belisle, previously scheduled to start, was sent to the minors to work as a reliever.