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Discussion thread: Reds 4, Pirates 3

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Through the first five innings, Gerrit Cole and the Pirates appeared to be in control of this one. The Bucs only had two hits to that point, but both were homers, one by Andrew McCutchen in the first and another by Josh Harrison in the sixth.

In the bottom of that inning, though, Joey Hamilton reached on Phil Gosselin’s error, then stole second. Cole walked Joey Votto with one out, then coughed up a three-run homer on a slider to Adam Duvall.

The Cincinnati-born Harrison homered for the second time to tie the game in the eighth, surely delighting the fairly large percentage of the tiny remaining crowd that was there mostly to see him. That was enough to send the Pirates into extra innings (with some help from some 99-MPH heat from Felipe Rivero along the way).

In the 10th, though, the Pirates turned to Daniel Hudson, which sure felt weird after his struggles Sunday, although I guess it’s probably better not to overreact to things like that. Anyway, Hudson issued a one-out walk to Tucker Barnhart, then allowed Barnhart’s pinch-runner, Arismendy Alcantara, to advance to second on a bad pickoff throw. Hamilton then doubled in the winning run.