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Updated: Tuesday, September 9, 2003 11:53 PM EDT
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Pittsburgh Pirates
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6 14 2
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10 13 0
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CINCINNATI 10, PITTSBURGH 6
 

CINCINNATI (Ticker) -- It took a tremendous rally, but the Cincinnati Reds finally won at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates .

Russell Branyan and Wily Mo Pena homered in a six-run sixth inning as the Reds erased a four-run deficit for a 10-6 victory over the Pirates that snapped a three-game losing streak.

"It's about time we beat those guys," said Reds first baseman Sean Casey , a Pittsburgh native. "They've had our number here. I hear that Pittsburgh stuff all the time. I've had guys from home call me and tell me I hope you get four hits but you lose."

Cincinnati's first season in Great American Ball Park has not been a good one. The Reds came in just 31-41 at the gleaming new facility, including 0-6 against the Pirates, who won the first three games here in April.

Cincinnati was on the way to its ninth loss in its last 10 home games before rallying in the sixth. Singles by D'Angelo Jimenez and Sean Casey opened the sixth and chased Pirates starter Salomon Torres . Branyan greeted Michael Gonzalez with his seventh homer, a blast to center that made it 6-5.

Brian Boehringer (5-4) came on and surrendered a booming double to Jason LaRue before Pena belted his third homer of the season, a blast to right-center that gave the Reds a 7-6 lead.

"I can see he's more confident," Reds interim manager Dave Miley said. "He's hitting the ball hard. Since I've been here (July 29), he's been working with Ray (batting coach Ray Knight ) every day. It seems like he's always heading for the cage."

"Wily Mo's been impressive," Casey said. "I don't know if you guys know, but that home run he went (to the opposite field), he broke his bat. That's some kind of strong. All he needed was at-bats."

A pair of errors set up Juan Castro 's RBI single that capped the outburst.

The rally made a winner of Mark Belisle (1-0), who notched his first major league win. John Riedling , Phil Norton and Chris Reitsma each pitched a scoreless frame to finish up.

Tim Hummel 's two-run double off Mark Corey in the seventh gave Cincinnati a four-run cushion.

"It was a good win coming from behind like that," Casey said. "We finally broke out. It seems like one guy starts to hit and everybody hits."

Dating to last season, Pittsburgh had won its last seven games in Cincinnati. It has not won eight in a row in the Queen City since 1903.

The Pirates built a 4-0 lead primarily behind Craig Wilson , who hit two homers Monday night. Wilson hit a two-run homer in the first and added an RBI single in a two-run third.

LaRue hit a two-run homer in the fourth, his 16th of the season and first in 60 at-bats. But Pittsburgh got back the runs on RBI singles by Matt Stairs and Rob Mackowiak in the fifth.

Torres pitched five-plus innings, allowing four runs and five hits. Reds starter Josh Hall gave up six runs and 10 hits in four-plus innings.

"We were pretty much (horsefeathers) all night," Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon said. "The starter didn't give me all he had and the bullpen was horrible. The bullpen should be ashamed of themselves. Tonight they were horrible."


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