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Red storm in Cincinnati
Pirates' rally falls short
Following a two-and-a-half hour rain delay, Sean Casey's two-run homer against his former team and a dramatic ninth-inning rally weren't enough for the Pirates to overcome two Felipe Lopez home runs and a strong pitching performance by Eric Milton.
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Reds 7, Pirates 6
Eric Milton allowed two runs on six hits and struck out three batters over seven innings. (Al Behrman/AP)
Series at a glance:
Lopez's homers lift Reds
Behind two home runs by Felipe Lopez and the strong pitching of Eric Milton, who held the Pirates to two runs over seven innings, the Reds fought through a 2 hour, 25 minute rain delay and held off a feisty Pittsburgh team in soggy Cincinnati.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: April 07, 2006
PIT
Pittsburgh (0-5)
Lost 5
Cincinnati 7, Pittsburgh 6   CIN
Cincinnati (3-1)
Won 3
April 7, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Pittsburgh
0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 3   6 10 0
Cincinnati
0 1 4 0 0 0 1 1 X   7 10 2
Standings thru 4/7/06  |  Gameday  |  Pirates Stats  |  Reds Stats
PittsburghABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
McLouth, CF5110021.182
Hernandez, J, SS4010101.250
1-Wilson, J, PR0000000.286
Casey, 1B4222101.300
2-Duffy, PR0000000.077
Bay, LF5020013.294
Burnitz, RF5011014.222
Randa, 3B4000002.200
Castillo, 2B3100110.389
Doumit, C3110001.200
Maholm, P2000002.000
a-Sanchez, PH1010000.400
Grabow, P0000000.000
Capps, P0000000.000
Marte, P0000000.000
b-Wilson, C, PH1112000.500
Totals3761053515 

a-Singled for Maholm in the 7th. b-Homered for Marte in the 9th.
1-Ran for Hernandez, J in the 9th. 2-Ran for Casey in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: McLouth (1, Milton), Casey (2, Coffey).
HR: Casey (2, 6th inning off Milton, 1 on, 1 out), Wilson, C (1, 9th inning off Weathers, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: McLouth 2; Hernandez, J; Casey 6; Bay 2; Burnitz; Doumit; Sanchez; Wilson, C 4.
RBI: Casey 2 (4), Burnitz (3), Wilson, C 2 (2).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Burnitz.
GIDP: Maholm.
Team LOB: 8.

 
CincinnatiABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Freel, 2B4120101.429
Lopez, SS5233011.412
Griffey, CF5010004.235
Aurilia, 1B-3B5000005.200
Dunn, LF2210211.500
Encarnacion, 3B3110102.250
Coffey, P0000000.000
Hammond, P0000000.000
Weathers, P0000000.000
Mercker, P0000000.000
Kearns, RF4012012.312
Ross, C3112102.167
Milton, P2000011.000
Hatteberg, 1B0000100.333
Totals3371076419 

BATTING
2B: Freel (2, Maholm), Encarnacion (2, Maholm), Kearns (3, Maholm).
HR: Lopez 2 (2, 3rd inning off Maholm, 1 on, 0 out; 7th inning off Grabow, 0 on, 0 out), Ross (1, 8th inning off Capps, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Freel 3; Lopez 9; Griffey; Dunn; Encarnacion 2; Kearns 2; Ross 4.
RBI: Ross 2 (3), Lopez 3 (4), Kearns 2 (2).
2-out RBI: Kearns 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Aurilia 3; Milton; Ross; Freel.
S: Milton.
Team LOB: 9.

FIELDING
E: Lopez (1, throw), Dunn (2, fielding).
DP: (Ross-Lopez-Aurilia).

 
PittsburghIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Maholm (L, 0-1)6.05555317.50
Grabow 0.221100110.12
Capps 0.231111111.57
Marte 0.20000009.00
 
CincinnatiIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Milton (W, 1-0)7.06220312.57
Coffey 1.02110003.38
Hammond 0.0122100--
Weathers (H, 1)0.21112113.38
Mercker (S, 1)0.10000109.00

Hammond pitched to 2 batters in the 9th.

HBP: Doumit (by Milton).
Pitches-strikes: Maholm 107-58, Grabow 7-6, Capps 20-14, Marte 5-3, Milton 94-66, Coffey 17-12, Hammond 11-5, Weathers 18-8, Mercker 4-4.
Ground outs-fly outs: Maholm 9-6, Grabow 0-2, Capps 0-1, Marte 0-2, Milton 9-9, Coffey 2-1, Hammond 0-0, Weathers 1-0, Mercker 0-0.
Batters faced: Maholm 28, Grabow 4, Capps 6, Marte 2, Milton 28, Coffey 5, Hammond 2, Weathers 5, Mercker 1.
Inherited runners-scored: Capps 1-0, Marte 3-0, Weathers 1-1, Mercker 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Gary Darling. 1B: Larry Poncino. 2B: Bruce Dreckman. 3B: Ed Hickox.
Weather: 60 degrees, overcast.
Wind: 8 mph, L to R.
T: 2:40 (2:25 delay).
Att: 16,573.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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