Cordero gives Bucs 5-4 win

Published 12:01 am Sunday, April 18, 2010

PITTSBURGH — Garrett Jones singled off the wall in right-center with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth as the Pittsburgh Pirates came from behind against closer Francisco Cordero to beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 on Saturday night.

Jones’ hit — which snapped an 0-for-8 stretch — on a 3-2 pitch came just after Lastings Milledge drew a bases-loaded walk off Cordero on a 3-2 pitch with two outs to tie the game.

It was Cordero’s first blown save in five opportunities.

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Milledge had two RBIs and Ronny Cedeno hit his first home run for the Pirates, who won consecutive games for the first time since starting 2-0.

Joey Votto had three hits and scored two runs for Cincinnati, which has lost four in a row.

After one out, pinch-hitter Ryan Church singled, and Cedeno and Aki Iwamura walked. Andrew McCutchen flied out to shallow center before Milledge’s walk and Jones’ single improved Pittsburgh to 4-1 at home this season.

The Reds’ Orlando Cabrera went 2 for 4 with two runs on a cold night at PNC Park. The gametime temperature was 43 degrees.

Cincinnati starter Johnny Cueto needed 103 pitches to get through five innings, getting charged with three runs — all earned — on five hits and four walks with four strikeouts.

Pittsburgh turned to Daniel McCutchen — recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis earlier in the day — to start when the team placed scheduled starter Ross Ohlendorf on the disabled list due to back spasms.