Pitts­burgh Bucs trend

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Park this sea­son.

“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

AL BEHRMAN / THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Pitts­burgh Pi­rate Pe­dro Alvarez jacks a solo shot off Cincin­nati Reds’ starter Bron­son Ar­royo on Satur­day.

AL BEHRMAN / THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Bucs’ Neil Walker is con­grat­u­lated in the dugout af­ter tak­ing Bron­son Ar­royo deep on Satur­day.

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