Reds outlast Pirates in 14 innings

10:49 PM, Sep 10, 2012   |    comments
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Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Devin Mesoraco scored on Ryan Ludwick's infield single in the bottom of the 14th inning to lift the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the opener of a three-game series at Great American Ball Park.

The Pirates squandered a bases-loaded opportunity with no outs in the top of the 14th as Alfredo Simon (3-2) managed to escape the jam. Pittsburgh also left the bags full in the 10th.

Mesoraco lined a single off the left-field wall to begin the 14th. Brandon Phillips then hit a dribbler in front of the plate. Catcher Michael McKenry tried to get the lead runner, but Mesoraco beat the throw to second base.

Rick VandenHurk (0-1), who had his contract selected from Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday, retired the next two batters before uncorking a wild pitch. Ludwick then hit a sharp grounder to shortstop. Chase d'Arnaud, whom the Pirates also recalled from Indianapolis, made a diving stop, but was unable to make the throw.

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