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April 15, 2014

Reds swing way past Pirates

Cincinnati — Mike Leake doubled and hit a two-run homer Tuesday night, ending Gerrit Cole's winning streak and leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates that completed two days full of homers and delays.

First, the NL Central rivals completed a game that was suspended in the sixth inning because of rain the previous night.

Andrew McCutchen doubled and came around on Russell Martin's single in the seventh inning, giving the Pirates an 8-7 win.

Leake (2-1) gave up three runs and five hits in 6 2⁄3 innings for a split. The right-hander has won his last four starts against the Pirates.

Jonathan Broxton pitched out of a two-on threat in the ninth, converting his first save chance.

Leake, who has the most hits by a major league pitcher since 2010, doubled and scored in the third. He hit his third career homer in the sixth off Cole (2-1), who had won his last six starts.

Todd Frazier hit his second homer in two games, Joey Votto had four hits and Devin Mesoraco had three hits, including a bases-loaded single.

Neil Walker hit three of Pittsburgh's seven homers in the two games.

Walker, who has five home runs in his last three games at Great American Ball Park, has seven home runs this season.

The teams wore their customary uniforms for the completion of the suspended game, then switched to commemorative No. 42 Jackie Robinson jerseys for the later game, which started 5 minutes later than originally scheduled.

It's been a wild series full of downpours, lead changes and home runs.

Notes: It was 66 degrees for the first pitch on Monday, 39 degrees when the game resumed. ... Leake has 59 career hits and 12 multihit games. ... Mesoraco is 11-for-22 with three homers and nine RBIs in six games since returning from the DL. ... Pittsburgh's six homers in the suspended game were one shy of the club record. The six solo homers were one shy of the major league record. ... The Pirates have 15 homers in their last four games at Great American. They also hit six during an 8-3 win on Sept. 28 that clinched home-field advantage for the NL wild-card playoff, a 6-2 win over Cincinnati at PNC Park.

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