Cincy Edges Pittsburgh, 2-1
CINCINNATI – Jay Bruce ended Jason Grilli’s saves streak with a solo homer in the ninth, and Brandon Philips singled with the bases loaded in the 13th inning on Wednesday night, rallying the Cincinnati Reds to a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Derrick Robinson and Shin-Soo Choo singled off Vin Mazzaro (3-2) with one out in the 13th and Joey Votto was walked intentionally. Phillips singled up the middle to end it.
Two outs away from a second straight shutout, the Pirates let it get away.
Grilli started the ninth needing one more save to tie a club record. He had converted all of his 25 chances this season, one shy of Joel Hanrahan’s 2011 club record to open a season.
Bruce connected on the first pitch he saw for his fourth homer in his last six games. It was the first homer Grilli had allowed this season.
Manny Parra (1-1) pitched the 13th for the victory.
The Reds are 5-7 in extra innings, tied with Colorado for most in the majors. They’ve gone extra innings in three of their last seven games. The Pirates are 4-4 after their longest game of the season.
Cincinnati has held onto second place in the NL Central by winning two of three in the series, which concludes on Thursday.
Pittsburgh left-hander Jeff Locke gave up only four hits and three walks in seven innings. Starling Marte tripled and scored on an error by pitcher Bronson Arroyo in the third.
Pirate pitchers have plunked 10, Reds pitchers 8. Shin-Soo Choo has been hit six times, Marte three times, Phillips and McCutchen twice each, and five other players once each.