Despite a home run and three RBIs from second baseman Jose Castillo, who is now hitting .476 for the year, the Pirates were, once again, unable to cool Cincinnati's hot bats. Left-hander Oliver Perez gave up eight runs in 3 1/3 innings as Pittsburgh fell to 0-6.
Behind a career-high 10-strikeout performance by right-hander Aaron Harang, the Reds fended off another furious ninth-inning rally to defeat Pittsburgh. Harang was backed by home runs from Rich Aurilia and Austin Kearns as the Reds improved to 4-1.
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