by Zane Heiple
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The last time the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds met, both teams were battling for the top spot in the National League Central title. That was in mid-July and things have changed quite a bit. Now both teams seem to be in a battle for third place in the division as the Reds held a one game lead over the Buccos entering the start of this three game series. Pittsburgh has played quite well against Cincinnati this year compiling a 7-2 record, so there was hope that the Pirates could lead over the Reds and possibly make up some ground on the St. Louis Cardinals for second and possibly move closer to that elusive .500 record.
The Pirates were able to get on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning when Brandon Wood hit a sacrifice fly to score Andrew McCutchen. Ronny Cedeno would tie the game with a RBI single to shallow centerfield.
Correia would leave after six innings allowing six runs on eight hits with one K and one walk. The bullpen would allow a run in the seventh, after Brad Lincoln got two outs, he would leave the game with runners on first and second. Joe Beimel would give up a hit to shallow centerfield and then walk a hitter to load the bases before being pulled.
The Pirates battled back in the bottom part of the inning. They would cut the Reds lead to one on a Garrett Jones double that scored Xavier Paul. McCutchen then brought home Jose Tabata on a single to left. With the game tied though, Pittsburgh would have two runners thrown out at home plate.
Record vs. Reds: 7-3
Record vs. N.L. Central: 27-25
Record at PNC Park: 28-34
Overall Record: 58-65