Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Even though Charlie Sheen was in attendance,
the Cincinnati Reds could not continue their winning ways as A.J. Burnett and
the Pittsburgh Pirates took the finale of their three-game set, 6-2.
Burnett (14-3), who tossed a one-hitter in his last outing, was dominant once
again. The right-hander held the Reds to a pair of runs on three hits and
three walks while striking out seven in 8 2/3 innings. Burnett has won four
straight decisions and 13 of his last 14.
Starling Marte delivered the decisive blow, a two-run triple in the fourth
inning, to push the Pirates past the Reds and avoid the sweep. It was Marte's
first career triple.
Andrew McCutchen blasted a solo home run in the ninth inning, his 23rd of the
season and first since July 17, a span which lasted 58 at-bats.
Drew Stubbs homered and scored twice for the Reds, who had won 15 of 16 coming
into the game.
Homer Bailey (9-7) picked up his first loss since June 27 after getting
roughed up for his second straight start. Bailey, who gave up six runs in 3
2/3 frames on Tuesday, was tagged for four runs on nine hits and a walk in 3
2/3 innings in the setback.
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