CINCINNATI (AP) -- Jason Bay probably wishes this month can last
a while longer.
Bay hit his seventh homer in June and drove in four runs, one in
Pittsburgh's eight-run ninth inning, and Josh Fogg allowed two runs
in six innings to help the Pirates send the Cincinnati Reds to a
rare home series loss with a 14-4 rout Sunday.
"I was struggling more than I was used to," Bay said. "Every
time I'd get in a groove, I'd take a step back. When I came back, I
tried to do too much at once."
Bay wasn't activated until May 7 after undergoing shoulder
surgery in November.
"The rust is starting to come off," manager Lloyd McClendon
said. "He's getting used to the speed of the game at this level."
Fogg (5-6) improved to 4-1 in his career against the Reds, who
lost just their third of 11 home series this season.
"They're a free-swinging team," Fogg said of his success
against Cincinnati. "If you can keep the ball below the knees and
get a lot of ground balls, you have a chance."
He allowed three hits as the Pirates bounced back from blowing a
4-0 seventh-inning lead in a 6-4 loss on Friday to win back-to-back
road games for the first time since winning a fifth in a row May
"These guys never cease to amaze me," McClendon said. "When
you lose a game like we did on Friday, a lot of teams would fold,
but they didn't do that."
Ken Griffey Jr. went 0-for-4 to fall to 1-for-27 since hitting
his 500th career home run last Sunday at St. Louis. He's hitless in
his last 24 at-bats, surpassing the previous career high of 21 he
set in 1993.
Adam Dunn homered twice for the Reds, whose 22-12 record at home
is still the best in the National League despite the loss.
Paul Wilson (7-2) lost his second consecutive start since
opening the season with seven wins. Wilson, who hasn't won since
May 25 and has been the victim of three blown saves in that span,
allowed four runs on five hits and a season-high six walks.
"I knew it wasn't going to be peaches and cream all season, but
character is made when bad things happen," Wilson said. "I didn't
do my job. I was trying to throw strikes and get ahead in the
count. I was trying to pitch to contact, and I didn't do the job."
With the Pirates trailing 1-0, Bay followed Jason Kendall's
third-inning leadoff walk and Craig Wilson's two-out single with an
opposite-field shot into the right-field bleachers on a full count
for his ninth homer of the season.
It was Bay's second three-run homer of the series. He finished
3-for-4 with four RBI.
After Bay's homer gave Pittsburgh a 3-1 lead, Cincinnati's Juan
Castro led off the third with a double off the right-field wall,
moved to third on Wilson's groundout and scored on D'Angelo
Jimenez's sacrifice fly.
The Pirates regained their two-run lead in the sixth when Paul
Wilson walked the bases loaded, including one intentionally to
Bobby Hill with two outs to get to Fogg, who lined a single to
After the Reds again cut the deficit to one on Wily Mo Pena's
pinch-hit infield single in the seventh, the Pirates broke the game
open with a two-run eighth on Kendall's sacrifice fly and Jack
Wilson's RBI double off the left-field wall.
Dunn hit his 21st homer in the second, as the ball caromed off
the base of the right-field foul pole and into the Pirates bullpen.
He connected for his second homer of the game to lead off the ninth
off Ryan Vogelsong.
The Pirates broke open the game with eight-run ninth, their
largest inning of the season -- highlighted by Chris Stynes' two-run
double and Jack Wilson's two-run triple. Craig Wilson added two
doubles and scored two runs in the inning as Pittsburgh sent 13
batters to the plate and collected nine hits, the most for the
Pirates in one inning since they compiled nine in the second inning
at San Francisco on Aug. 8, 1995. The eight runs were the most
since they scored 10 in the fifth inning last August at St. Louis.
"I guess I showed that I didn't have my best stuff," said Mike
Matthews, who allowed all of the hits and runs in the inning as his
ERA jumped from 3.38 to 7.56. "When a team gets nine hits in
two-thirds of an inning, it's tough to validate your stuff."
Reds first baseman Sean Casey, who came in as the National
League's leading hitter, went 1-for-3 and has two hits in his last
13 at-bats (.154). Casey is hitting .254 (16-for-63) in his last 17
games. He left with a strained right calf he suffered while running
out his hit. He'll have an MRI on Monday ... Kendall's start was
his 30th in a row at catcher. His last day off was May 27 ... Fogg
earned his first RBI of the season with his second hit ...
Pittsburgh 1B-OF Daryle Ward, who went on the disabled list
Saturday with a right thumb injury, turned 29 on Sunday.