Reds 6, Pirates 1

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 4: Johnny Cueto #47 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on May 4, 2012 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

The Pirates couldn't do much against Johnny Cueto, who pitched a four-strikeout complete game en route to a 6-1 Reds win.

Kevin Correia, meanwhile, furthered the narrative that he doesn't pitch well at PNC Park, although he didn't exactly get bombed -- he went seven innings while striking out three and walking one, and the knockout blows didn't come until the seventh, when he gave up solo homers to Zack Cozart and Drew Stubbs in the seventh. Cozart's homer came on a waist-high 87 MPH fastball, and Stubbs' was waist-high and 86 MPH; some folks in the comment thread thought Correia shouldn't have been in the game at that point, and it's hard to argue with them.

Before that, Correia gave up a run in the second when Jay Bruce doubled and Chris Heisey brought him home on a bunt base hit. Then in the fourth, Heisey hit a long fly ball to left and the ball bounced off the top of the short wall near the foul pole, and Heisey wound up on third. (The play was reviewed and upheld.) Ryan Hanigan doubled down the line to bring him in. In the fifth, Cozart singled and later came home on a line-drive single by Brandon Phillips.

Chris Resop came on to pitch the ninth and gave up a homer (by Jay Bruce), a double, a single and three walks over two innings, but still managed to give up just one run after getting out of jams in both frames.

Meanwhile, the Pirates couldn't do much offensively. They got one in the fourth after a couple of singles and a Pedro Alvarez sacrifice fly, but missed the chance to turn it into a bigger inning when Garrett Jones got gunned down at home plate coming home from first on Clint Barmes' double. (He looked incredibly slow getting from second to third was out by a mile, although, to be fair, the Reds made two good throws, there were two outs, and Rod Barajas was in the on-deck circle.) Jose Tabata also got picked off in the fifth.

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