Cordero gives Bucs 5-4 win
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.
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.