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Reds end 13-game losing streak

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price had a rare good day Saturday.

First, general manager Walt Jocketty announced that Price will return for a third season as Reds manager in 2016.

Then, Cincinnati won its first game in two weeks, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 to end a 13-game losing streak, the club’s longest in 70 years.

Price has overseen consecutive losing seasons for the Reds after they won 94 games in 2013 under Dusty Baker, who was fired after Cincinnati lost in the NL wild-card game to the Pirates.

“I want to be here to see this through,” Price said. “I don’t want to be the guy that comes in and has two seasons where we’re a bottom-of-the-division team and move on to doing something else in my life. I really don’t want to do that. Walt didn’t hire me to do that.”

Brandon Finnegan outpitched A.J. Burnett in the final regular-season start of the veteran’s career, and the Reds prevented Pittsburgh from clinching home-field advantage in the NL wild-card game.

“It’s gone two weeks without this feeling,” Price said. “It’s been not a very enjoyable two weeks, I can tell you that. It feels good.”

Finnegan (2-2) limited the Pirates to one run and three hits in six innings, his longest outing at any professional level. He walked two and struck out six.

Josh Harrison started the first with a triple and scored on Gregory Polanco’s RBI groundout. Finnegan walked Aramis Ramirez and allowed an infield hit to Starling Marte before retiring the side.

The 22-year-old right-hander, acquired from Kansas City in the Johnny Cueto trade this season, retired 15 of the next 17 batters he faced.

“(Harrison) got me with the triple to lead off the game,” Finnegan said. “That’s what happens sometimes when you face good hitters. I was lucky enough to make good pitches and get out of the game.”

Cincinnati scored twice in the first. Joey Votto hit an RBI groundout to drive Eugenio Suarez home from third, and Jay Bruce singled Brandon Phillips home from second for a 2-0 Reds lead.

Adam Duvall hit a solo home run in the seventh to stretch Cincinnati’s lead to 3-1 before Aroldis Chapman recorded four outs for his 33rd save.

“It’s been a month of just a bunch of bad luck,” Finnegan said. “Nothing’s been going our way, really, so it felt good to have something finally come on our side.”

Burnett, who plans to retire after 17 seasons, gave up three runs on five hits with four walks in 6 2-3 innings. His nine strikeouts gave him 2,513 in his career, pushing Burnett (9-7) past Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson and into 30th place on the all-time list.

“It was emotional all day,” Burnett said. “Just being around the family, the kids, getting ready. But in my mind, we ain’t done yet. We’ve got a horse coming up in a couple days against Chicago.”

Pittsburgh still needs a win Sunday or a Chicago Cubs loss to host the one-game playoff Wednesday night. If the Cubs beat Milwaukee — and the Pirates lose to Cincinnati again — the wild-card showdown would be played at Wrigley Field.

STREAK STOPPED

Cincinnati 1B Joey Votto went 0 for 4 with an RBI, ending his streak of reaching base safely in 48 consecutive games. The run matched Pete Rose for the longest in club history and was the longest in the majors since Kevin Millar went 53 games in a row for Boston in 2007.

“I meant what I said when I said I don’t care,” Votto said of the streak. “We were playing really poorly for a while there and that’s frustrating.”

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Saturday night’s crowd of 34,180 pushed the Pirates’ season attendance to a club-record 2,463,234 at PNC Park, breaking the previous mark of 2,442,564 set last season.

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Happ will try to finish off his sensational second half when he takes the mound in the regular-season finale. The left-hander is 6-2 with a 2.04 ERA in 10 starts for the Pirates since being acquired from Seattle at the non-waiver trade deadline. The Reds will finish the franchise’s worst season since 1982 when Josh Smith makes his seventh career start. Smith (0-3, 7.22 ERA) has given up four runs in five innings across two appearances against the Pirates.

Reds 3, Pirates 1

 

Cincinnati AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Bourgeois cf-lf 3 0 0 0 1 0 .240

Suarez ss 4 1 1 0 0 1 .283

Votto 1b 4 0 0 1 0 1 .314

Phillips 2b 3 1 2 0 1 1 .295

Frazier 3b 4 0 1 1 0 2 .253

A.Chapman p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Bruce rf 3 0 0 0 1 1 .225

Duvall lf 4 1 1 1 0 0 .233

T.Holt cf 0 0 0 0 0 0 .100

Barnhart c 3 0 1 0 1 1 .252

Finnegan p 2 0 0 0 0 2 .000

a-Schumaker ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .243

Badenhop p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Lorenzen p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250

De Jesus Jr. 3b 0 0 0 0 0 0 .245

Totals 31 3 6 3 4 10

 

 

Pittsburgh AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

J.Harrison 2b-rf 3 1 2 0 1 0 .283

G.Polanco rf 3 0 1 1 0 0 .257

Caminero p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —

McCutchen cf 4 0 0 0 0 2 .294

Ar.Ramirez 3b 3 0 0 0 1 1 .246

S.Marte lf 3 0 1 0 0 0 .286

Morse 1b 4 0 0 0 0 3 .232

Cervelli c 4 0 0 0 0 2 .293

Mercer ss 3 0 0 0 0 1 .241

Burnett p 2 0 0 0 0 1 .119

J.Hughes p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —

LaFromboise p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —

Blanton p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

b-N.Walker ph-2b 1 0 0 0 0 0 .267

Totals 30 1 4 1 2 10

 

 

Cincinnati 200 000 100 — 3 6 0

Pittsburgh 100 000 000 — 1 4 1

 

a-struck out for Finnegan in the 7th. b-grounded out for Blanton in the 8th.

E—Burnett (3). LOB—Cincinnati 5, Pittsburgh 6. 2B—Frazier (43). 3B—J.Harrison (1). HR—Duvall (5), off Burnett. RBIs—Votto (80), Frazier (89), Duvall (9), G.Polanco (52). SB—Phillips (23). S—G.Polanco.

Runners left in scoring position—Cincinnati 2 (Duvall, Suarez); Pittsburgh 2 (Morse, Ar.Ramirez). RISP—Cincinnati 1 for 4; Pittsburgh 0 for 4.

Runners moved up—Votto, G.Polanco, McCutchen. GIDP—Frazier.

DP—Pittsburgh 1 (Mercer, J.Harrison, Morse).

 

Cincinnati IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

Finnegan W, 2-2 6 3 1 1 2 6 88 4.18

Badenhop H, 7 1 0 0 0 0 2 18 3.93

Lorenzen H, 1 2-3 1 0 0 0 0 11 5.40

A.Chapman S, 33-36 1 1-3 0 0 0 0 2 20 1.63

Pittsburgh IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

Burnett L, 9-7 6 2-3 5 3 3 4 9 107 3.18

J.Hughes 1-3 0 0 0 0 0 3 2.28

LaFromboise 1-3 0 0 0 0 0 4 1.13

Blanton 2-3 1 0 0 0 1 15 1.57

Caminero 1 0 0 0 0 0 10 3.62

 

Inherited runners-scored—A.Chapman 1-0, J.Hughes 2-0. HBP—by A.Chapman (S.Marte).

Umpires—Home, Mike Everitt; First, Tim Welke; Second, Todd Tichenor; Third, Tim Timmons.

T—3:01. A—34,180 (38,362).