CINCINNATI (AP) — Joey Votto smacked his 25th homer, Tucker Barnhart tied his career high with four RBIs and the Cincinnati Reds snapped the Pittsburgh Pirates’ four-game winning streak with a 7-4 victory on Sunday.
Votto finished with four hits, including his eighth-inning solo homer, as the Reds finally got to Ivan Nova (12-7) while clouding Pittsburgh’s fading postseason hopes and snapping their own four-game skid.
The Pirates went into the game in fourth place in the National League wild-card standings, five games out of the second berth.
Dan Straily (13-8) limited Pittsburgh to three runs in six innings, overcoming Sean Rodriguez’s solo home run and four walks to slow down a Pirates offense that had piled up 41 runs during their winning streak. He allowed five hits and had five strikeouts.