In the immediate aftermath of the second home run off the bat of Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips there was a brief sense of, "Here we go again," as it relates to the creative ways the Pittsburgh Pirates have found to lose games in recent seasons.

Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen have been the Pirates' two best offensive players so far this season. Photo credit: David Hague

The blast to straight-away center field tied the game 5-5 in the top of the seventh inning and brought the Reds back from what was at its peak a four run deficit. It was a moment of doubt for the Pirates' faithful, but it was a very brief moment.

Andrew McCutchen led off the Pirates half of the seventh with a shot that landed just a few rows past the left field wall and put Pittsburgh ahead for good in the Pira...

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