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I stopped watching this one in the seventh and was surprised it ended up this close. Brad Lincoln gave up a solo homer to Brandon Phillips in the top of the second. Then in the fourth, he gave up a couple singles and a walk, and then a bases-clearing double into the gap by Ryan Ludwick. Then Ryan Hanigan brought Ludwick in with a single.

Meanwhile, Johnny Cueto did his usual thing against the Bucs, racking up strikeouts and not giving them much of a chance. In the top of the eighth, though, Rod Barajas led off with a double. Then Pedro Alvarez pinch hit for Doug Slaten (who, by the way, got through three scoreless innings and struck out Joey Votto in impressive fashion) and singled. Then Neil Walker brought Barajas home with a single. Then Andrew McCutchen hit a three-run homer, his 10th blast in the remarkable season he's having so far.

Unfortunately, the Pirates couldn't do much of anything after that, as their last four batters went down in order, and the Reds won 5-4.

By the way, Josh Harrison, who's from Cincinnati, got hit by a pitch in the sixth. Here's a fun video of his mom reacting to seeing him get plunked.