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“The important thing for me is getting the guys home and playing in a park where we won 50 games and giving our fans a taste of postseason baseball,” manager Clint Hurdle said.
Pittsburgh hit five homers off Bronson Arroyo ( 14- 12), who had never given up that many in a game in his career. Walker homered twice off the righthander, Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez also hit solo homers, and Marlon Byrd had a two- run shot that ended Arroyo’s outing in the fifth and made it 6- 3.
Latos isn’t the only Reds starter who’s hurting. Arroyo said his back started bothering him Saturday.
“It locked up right before the game,” Arroyo said. “I was in the tunnel. It was like I was being stabbed in the ribs and I couldn’t swivel from side to side.
“I don’t think it had much to do with the game. You can’t leave balls in up the zone in this ballpark against that lineup and get away with it.”
Prospect Andrew Lambo hit his first homer off Logan Ondrusek, the first time the Pirates had six in a game since Aug. 22, 2007 at Colorado.
Pirates starter Charlie Morton also struggled, leaving with one out and the bases loaded in the fifth. Vin Mazzaro ( 8- 2) fanned Zack Cozart and retired Ryan Hanigan on a fly ball as the slumping Reds left the bases loaded for the second time in the game.
Cincinnati stranded 11 runners overall.
Both teams already had clinched wild- card berths heading into their weekend series. Whoever took it would host the one- game showdown. Pittsburgh made quick work of it, winning the opener 4- 1 on Friday night and then the second game, too.
“Better to be home than on the road,” McCutchen said. “Today showed how bad we wanted to go home. We answered in a big way.”
The Ohio River rivals have met five times in the playoffs — 1970, 1972, 1975, 1979 and 1990, when the Reds won their last World Series title. The Reds are 13- 7 against the Pirates in the post- season. Pittsburgh has played the Reds more than any other team in the playoffs.
The Reds have gone into a deep slump at a very bad time. They’ve lost four in a row since clinching a playoff spot with a 3- 2 win over the Mets on Monday night, scoring a total of six runs.
They were at it again right away on Saturday, leaving the bases loaded in the first inning when Todd Frazier flied out.
— The Associated press
Pittsburgh Pirate Pedro Alvarez jacks a solo shot off Cincinnati Reds’ starter Bronson Arroyo on Saturday.
Bucs’ Neil Walker is congratulated in the dugout after taking Bronson Arroyo deep on Saturday.