Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds seemed like so many for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
They trailed 5-0 going into the bottom of the seventh inning and seemed destined for another loss.
Then they woke up.
The Bucs scored four in the seventh to make it 5-4. The Reds added a run in the top of the eighth to make it 6-4 to restore a little bit of order.
Then the Bucs went crazy.
The Pirates scored six runs in the bottom of the eighth to take control and beat the Reds 10-7. (Cincinnati added a run in the ninth.)
Catcher Michael McKenry hit two home runs (one in the seventh, one in the eighth), Starling Marte hit his first of the year and Travis Snider added two hits.
Jonathan Broxton took the loss for the Reds while Jared Hughes got his first win for the Pirates.
That’s a sweep for the Bucs (6-6) to get back to .500. The Reds are 5-7.
That’s an impressive win for Pittsburgh after a dismal start to the season.
– Rick Green