CINCINNATI (AP) – Sean Rodriguez married and drove in four runs, Starling Marte struck a grand slam and the Pittsburgh Pirates extended their winning streak to a season-high seven games with a 12-1 defeat of the Cincinnati Reds after a long rain delay Friday night.
Corey Dickerson had a solo homer for the Pirates who finished 16 hits – most in a nine-inning game this year.
In the fourth, however, it was a daring cat who stole the show.
The cat appeared from the first base side on the field, ran behind the plate to the third base side and jumped almost twice on the bleachers, before she found a free spot in the third attempt.
The cat escaped, according to a Reds spokesman.
The launch was delayed by a thunderstorm of 2 hours and 55 minutes, and the rain kept bouncing back and forth during a game that ended shortly after 1:30. But the pirates hardly seemed to mind.
The winning streak is the longest since a game of seven games from June 29 to July 6, 2016. Pittsburgh has won nine out of ten, including five Milwaukee games that have pushed the Brewers out of first place in the Netherlands Central.
Jameson Taillon, who threw a one-shut shutout against the Reds on April 8, allowed six hits and a run with six strikeouts and a walk in 5 1/3 innings. Taillon (7-7) also drove with security pressure.
Rodriguez, who had to pause with a right quadriceps load since June 25, drove Colin Moran from second with one in fourth to make a 0-for-17 skid. Rodriguez added his ride to the pits in the left field in sixth on the first pitch after Cincinnati pitching coach Danny Darwin visited Tyler Mahle on the hill.
Martes eighth-inning slam was the second of his career.
Mahle (7-8) set a career high by allowing six earned runs in 5 2/3 innings. Pittsburgh reached him for eight strokes and three walks.
Pirates: 2B Josh Harrison worked in the outfield before the game but was not on the grid after leaving the game on Sunday with pain in his left thigh.
Reds: 2B Alex Blandino, who had just come into play in the ninth game, was injured after a collision with Max Moroff with a slight right thigh.
Pirates: rookie RHP Nick Kingham (4-4) is 0-3 in his last three roadstarts.
Reds: RHP Anthony DeSclafani (4-2) scored five goals and six runs in 3 1/3 innings on his final Sunday in St. Louis.