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Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Francisco Cervelli hit a three-run home run to help the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 7-6 win over the Cincinnati Reds to open a three-game series.
Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run homer for the Pirates, who were swept in three games in Washington over the weekend.
"We took some good at-bats and went deep in the count," said Cervelli. "When you see the team doing that early in the game, you know it's going to be a good game."
Jeff Locke lasted just four innings in the start as he gave up nine hits and four runs -- two earned -- while walking two. Rob Scahill (2-3) got the first two outs of the fifth to pick up the win.
Jay Bruce finished with a solo home run and three RBI for the Reds, who had won four of five coming into the contest.
Josh Smith made his MLB debut and allowed four runs on three hits with six walks over three-plus inning. Pedro Villarreal (0-2) allowed three unearned runs in one inning of work to get tagged with the loss.
"I'm super blessed to be here right now," said Smith. "I've got a lot to work on, but it was a great experience and I'll try to work on it every time I go out there."
The Reds took the lead in the first inning as the first three batters singled to load the bags and Bruce brought home the first run with a base hit to right. Two batter later, Eugenio Suarez hit a grounder to shortstop that should have been an inning-ending double play, but Jordy Mercer's throw to first went wide and two runs came home for a 3-0 lead.
Bruce's run-scoring groundout in the fourth gave the Reds a 4-0 lead, but the Pirates went ahead in the home half.
The first two batters reached base and Pedro Alvarez doubled home one before Cervelli hit his third home run of the season to tie the game. Villarreal then took the mound and got the next two batters out before Gregory Polanco kept the inning alive with a triple and scored as Starling Marte reached base on a bad throw from Suarez.
McCutchen then hit his ninth homer of the season to cap the scoring in the frame and make it a 7-4 game.
Billy Hamilton drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth, and Bruce's solo home run to leadoff the sixth made it a one-run game.
The Reds stranded a man at third in the seventh, and Tony Watson struck out the side in the eighth.
Mark Melancon tossed a 1-2-3 ninth for his 24th save of the season.