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Cincinnati 5, Pittsburgh 4

If you didn't see the game - and judging from the crowd at PNC and the fact that it wasn't televised, you probably didn't - you may want to load it up on your player, because it was pretty weird and entertaining. Matt Morris was spared two runs early in the game on a bizarre appeal play in which Adam Dunn broke from second and appeared to score on a two-out, bases-loaded single by Edwin Encarnacion, only it turned out that Dunn hadn't touched third base. So, since the Pirates made a force out at third on the appeal and Ken Griffey jogged home from third and hadn't crossed the plate by the time Dunn missed the bag, both runs came off the board. On top of that, an umpire fell flat on his face after walking up the steps of the bullpen while figuring out what to do on the play. Pretty funny stuff.

Anyway, Morris fell apart a couple innings later, and the sixth inning ended with the score 3-2. But Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer off Jared Burton in the seventh to retake the lead. Encarnacion tied the game (and got one of his RBIs back) with a single in the eighth.

Then, more weirdness: with two outs in the ninth and Alex Gonzalez at first, Ken Griffey hit a fly ball into shallow left that neither Bautista or Cesar Izturis appeared to call and Bautista fumbled. Gonzalez, meanwhile, hustled all the way around to score from first on what turned out to be a bloop single, giving the Reds a 5-4 lead.

Pinch-hitter Josh Phelps hit a two-out double in the bottom of the ninth and nearly scored the tying run on a single by Nate McLouth, but Brandon Phillips made a fantastic, off-balance play to gun Phelps down at the plate. Great game.