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Pirates beat Reds on Russell walk-off walk in 12th

PITTSBURGH – Russell Martin drew a bases-loaded walk from Tony Cingrani with two outs in the 12th inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 Thursday to avoid a three-game sweep.

Devin Mesoraco hit a solo homer off Pirates closer Jason Grilli with one out in the ninth, tying it at 3.

In the Pittsburgh 12th, Gaby Sanchez singled with one out and moved up on a balk by Cingrani (2-8). Josh Harrison was intentionally walked and Clint Barmes was hit by a pitch with two outs, loading the bases.

Martin drew his walk-off walk on a 3-1 pitch. Normally a starter, Cingrani was Cincinnati’s seventh pitcher of the game.

Justin Wilson (2-0) retired the Reds in order in the top of the 12th.

Grilli gave up a home run for the second time in three days, and has allowed four in 20 games this year. He gave up four homers in 54 appearances last season.

Billy Hamilton led off the game with a double against Jeff Locke, stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly by Joey Votto to put the Reds ahead 1-0.

Votto doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jay Bruce for a 2-0 lead in the fourth.

Gregory Polanco opened the fourth with a single for Pittsburgh’s first runner against Homer Bailey.

The Pirates scored three times in the fifth. With runners at the corners and Polanco at the plate, Bailey went through his pitching motion but did not release the ball and was called for a balk.

Polanco, Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen followed with singles that scored two runs.

Cincinnati manager Bryan Price pulled Bailey in the sixth and as reliever Sam LeCure took his warmup pitches, heavy rain began to fall and there was a 35-minute delay.

The Pirates twice put runners in scoring position after Mesoraco’s tying homer.

McCutchen struck out looking at an offspeed offering from Aroldis Chapman in the ninth with runners at first and second. Marte struck out swinging in the 11th in the same situation.

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