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Reds end six-game skid, beat Pirates

AP, PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania

The Cincinnati Reds’ Scott Schebler drives in the go-ahead run against the Pittsburgh Pirates in their MLB game at the PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Sunday.

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Scott Schebler’s first turn at deciding the game did not stick. So he did it again.

Schebler hit a go-ahead double in the ninth inning, then delivered another RBI double in the 11th as the Cincinnati Reds broke a six-game losing streak by beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 on Sunday.

The Reds stopped Pittsburgh’s six-game winning streak.

Schebler entered the game via a double-switch a half-inning before driving in Adam Duvall with a double in the ninth.

Eugenio Suarez led off the Reds 11th with a triple past diving left fielder Starling Marte. Schebler hit a liner that right fielder Gregory Polanco misjudged and the ball went over his head.

Schebler’s hit off Ryan Vogelsong (1-1) gave Cincinnati only their second win since being no-hit by the Cubs’ Jake Arrieta on April 21.

Blake Wood (3-0) pitched two scoreless innings, including a perfect 11th.

Polanco and John Jaso homered for the Pirates. Pittsburgh committed a season-high four errors and misplayed other balls.

“We got in our own way a couple times, but we battled and everybody kept playing,” Pittsburgh coach Clint Hurdle said.

Jaso hit a solo home run with two outs in the ninth off Ross Ohlendorf that made it 5-5. The drive landed in the first row of seats atop the 6.4m-high wall in right field.

Polanco led off the fifth with his third homer. It became the 39th home run ball to reach the Allegheny River in the 16 seasons of PNC Park.

The Pirates rallied to tie the game during each of the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.

Cincinnati turned to 28-year-old Tim Adleman to make his MLB debut after putting scheduled starter Raisel Iglesias on the disabled list earlier on Sunday because of an impingement in his right shoulder.

Adleman was pitching in independent leagues in 2012-2013 before working his way up the Reds organization from Single-A over the past two-plus years. He allowed five base runners over six-plus innings and was lifted with a 3-1 lead after allowing a leadoff single to Marte in the seventh.

Adleman’s chance at his first MLB win were dashed when, after one out, Sean Rodriguez hit an RBI triple and scored on pinch hitter Matt Joyce’s broken-bat single.

Pirates starter Jeff Locke gave up three runs and four hits in seven innings.

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