Bay hits two homers as Reds top Pirates

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Pittsburgh's Oliver Perez made his first start
in more than 10 weeks, but it was Jason Bay and the Pirates who
made Cincinnati's Luke Hudson look rusty.

Bay continued his recent road success by hitting a pair of
two-run homers, leading the Pirates over the Cincinnati Reds 8-4 on
Friday night.

Bay went 2-for-4 to improve to .400 (28-for-70) with 20 RBI and
20 runs in his last 20 road games.

"I can't explain my road success," the second-year outfielder
said. "I'll just try to ride it out as long as I can."

Nate McLouth and Jack Wilson each had two hits and scored two
runs to help send the Reds to their third loss in four games, all
on their current homestand.

Perez made his first start since breaking his left big toe on
June 26 at St. Louis. The left-hander lasted 4 1/3 innings, two
outs short of the minimum needed to qualify for a win, and gave up
five hits and three runs with two walks and five strikeouts. He
threw 89 pitches, 54 of them strikes.

"I feel good," said Perez, who is 5-2 with five consecutive
wins against the Reds in his career. "I threw too many pitches.
That's why they took me out, but I used all my pitches, and I felt

Ryan Vogelsong (1-1) relieved Perez with runners on first and
third and got Adam Dunn to hit into an inning-ending double play to
get credit for the win.

"I thought he was better than I expected," interim manager
Pete Mackanin said of Perez. "Our main concern was his pitch
count, but he had a good angle all night. I thought that was as
good as he's looked in a long time. It's just that his stamina is
not what it could be."

Bay homered in the second and eighth innings for the Pirates,
who won consecutive games for the first time since mid-August.

The Pirates capitalized on Hudson's control problems in the
first, scoring two runs on just one hit, McLouth's leadoff single.
Hudson, who threw 29 pitches in the inning, hit Jack Wilson and
walked Bay before walking Craig Wilson with the bases loaded and
giving up Rob Mackowiak's sacrifice fly.

Pittsburgh added three runs with two outs in the second inning
on McLouth's single to right, Jack Wilson's double down the
left-field line and Bay's 27th homer.

The Pirates made it 6-1 in the third on Mackowiak's leadoff
walk, Freddy Sanchez's one-out double and Perez's sacrifice fly,
his first RBI of the season.

Hudson (6-8) was replaced after hitting McLouth, his third hit
batter in 2 2/3 innings. He allowed six runs on five hits and three
walks with three strikeouts.

"We've talked about it before," interim manager Jerry Narron
said. "When he commands the ball and throws strikes, he gets
batters out. Tonight, he wasn't able to make key adjustments, and
he struggled through it."

Hudson has allowed a combined 11 runs in 5 2/3 innings while
losing his last two starts after going 4-1 with a 3.64 ERA in

"To be honest with you, in the bullpen and the first inning,
that's the strongest my arm felt in a while," Hudson said. "I
just got to the point where I was rushing through and was up in the
zone, and I never could slow it down and get in synch.

"I really thought I was going to have a good game and give my
team a chance to win, even after the first inning, but it didn't
happen. I didn't get ahead of too many hitters tonight."

Dunn hit his 11th homer of the season against left-handers and
37th overall with two outs in the first inning. Dunn also scored
from second on Wily Mo Pena's two-out single in the fifth.

Reds rookie Chris Denorfia led off the bottom of the fifth with
his first career hit, a home run to make it 6-3. Rich Aurilia led
off the sixth with a bunt single up the third-base line, moved to
third on Sean Casey's single to center and scored on Pena's
sacrifice fly.

Bay added another two-run homer off Kent Mercker in the eighth
for an 8-4 lead.

"When he hit that second one, I took a deep breath," Mackanin
said. "That was nice, because the momentum was going the other

Game notes
The Pirates improved to 16-9 in the three-year history of
Great American Ball Park. ... They won back-to-back games for the
first time since Aug. 18 at New York and 19 at Philadelphia. ...
Reds right-hander Todd Coffey turned 25 on Friday. ... Aurilia
batted cleanup for the first time in his career. ... Bay has
started all 140 Pittsburgh games this season ... His two-homer game
was his second of the season and sixth of his career ... The last
Reds player whose first major league hit was a home run was Stephen
Smitherman off Milwaukee's Matt Kinney on Aug. 25, 2003.