McDonald didn't make it out of the fifth inning
Ramon Hernandez highlighted a seven run fifth inning with a grand slam as Cincinnati returned the beating by winning 11-2. The pitch Hernandez drove over the fence was the last toss from Pirates starter James McDonald.
The Reds drew first blood as Jonny Gomes hit a solo homer off McDonald in the second. Joey Votto's two out RBI single in the third plated Drew Stubbs, who had doubled, and made it 2-0.
Pittsburgh tied it up in the third when Mike Leake got wild. He walked Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez to start the inning. Ryan Doumit singled to load the bases. Garrett Jones walked, forcing in a run. Ronny Cedeno lofted a sac fly that tied the score. But Leake fanned McDonald to end the inning.
The fateful fifth started poorly. Alva...
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