Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher A.J. Burnett (34) delivers during the first inning of a baseball game Friday against the Cincinnati Reds in Pittsburgh.
(AP photo / April 12, 2013)
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Andrew McCutchen hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning and drove in three runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates past the Cincinnati Reds 6-5 on Friday night.
McCutchen's leadoff shot to left field off J.J. Hoover (0-3), his second homer of the season, snapped a 5-all tie.
Cincinnati had just tied the score in the top of the seventh on Brandon Phillips' second home run of the game, a two-run drive to center off Tony Watson (1-0).
The first four batters in Pittsburgh's lineup — Starling Marte, Neil Walker, McCutchen and Garrett Jones — had two hits each as the Pirates totaled 12. They entered the game with a .153 batting average, worst in the major leagues, and had scored only 21 runs in their first nine games.
Walker and McCutchen hit consecutive two-run singles in the second to give Pittsburgh a 5-1 lead.