Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Marlon Byrd homered and drove in three runs to lead the Cincinnati Reds in a 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the second of a three-game set.
Todd Frazier and Jay Bruce each drove in one run for the Reds, who had lost two of three coming in. Mike Leake (5-4) won his third straight decision after giving up two runs on eight hits with five strikeouts over seven innings.
Pedro Alvarez and Chris Stewart each drove in runs for the Pirates, who have lost four of their last five. Gerrit Cole (11-3) had a six-start winning streak snapped as he was tagged for five runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings.
"The misses were east and west," said Cole. "I was trying to elevate up in the zone, but when it starts high and stays high, that's an easy one for those guys to get a hold of."
The Reds jumped on top in the first inning, and Billy Hamilton got it started when he led off with a walk, stole second and third and scored on a Frazier double. Bruce then doubled home Frazier and Byrd followed with his 12th home run of the season for a 4-0 lead.
"It was big to get on him early because once he starts cruising he just doesn't let up," said Byrd about Cole. "We needed to get runs early and we did tonight."
Pittsburgh got one back in the bottom of the second as Neil Walker doubled, moved to third on a Josh Harrison sac bunt and crossed the plate courtesy of an Alvarez groundout.
Cincinnati got the run back in the fifth on Byrd's single to right in which Joey Votto beat the throw home for a 5-1 lead.
Pittsburgh cut the lead to 5-2 in the fifth after Stewart's groundout scored Alvarez, who reached base on a single and moved to third on Jordy Mercer's single.
J.J. Hoover tossed a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save of the season.
Votto has reached base safely in 31 straight games, the longest active streak in the majors ... Cole came into the game with a 1.06 earned run average over his previous six starts.