The Reds beat the Pirates 2-1 Thursday, taking three of four from the Pirates in Pittsburgh. It's a third straight series win for Cincinnati, after they opened the season losing four straight.
The Pirates took an early lead when Pedro Alvarez drove in a first inning run, but Ryan Ludwick stepped up in the sixth with a go-ahead RBI double that scored Joey Votto and Todd Frazier, and the Reds never looked back.
"To be able to come back and get a big hit, and win a third series in a row, is big for us," said Ludwick. "Any team we play in our division right now, it's important. And it's been good, we're rolling."
For the first time in 23 starts, Tony Cingrani allowed more than five hits. Cingrani gave up six hits in six innings, but he allowed just one earned run and struck out seven en route to his second win of the season. In the final three innings, Logan Ondrusek, Sam LeCure and Jonathan Broxton (4 saves) combined for five strikeouts, and allowed just one hit.
"I thought [Cingrani] was a little more around the zone," said Manager Bryan Price. "He wasn't landing his changeup and breaking ball, but he's really a gritty guy. He had a 32-pitch first inning, but he kept himself in there and gave us a great chance to win."
The Reds now own a .500 record (11-11) for the first time since they were 1-1. In a tale of two seasons, Cincinnati went 3-8 in their first 11, 8-3 in their last 11.
"It's great to see right now. The guys are feeling great. There's a lot of enthusiasm with this club," said Price.
The only downside on a big day for the Reds, Devin Mesoraco's hitting streak comes to an end at 12 games. Mesoraco went 0 for 4 as his batting average dips to 477. The Reds, 5-2 in their last seven games, wrap up their ten game road trip in Atlanta this weekend.
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