July 31, 2019 / 3:06 AM / 20 days ago

Pirates snap 9-game skid as benches clear in Cincinnati

EditorsNote: Clarifies in Graph 3 Puig also ejected; other minor edits

Jul 30, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez (7) reacts after advancing to second base against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Corey Dickerson homered twice and drove in a career-high five runs to help the Pittsburgh Pirates end a nine-game losing streak with an 11-4 win against the host Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

A bench-clearing brawl broke out in the ninth when Reds reliever Amir Garrett charged the Pittsburgh dugout from the mound as he was being removed from the game. Jared Hughes had been ejected earlier in the inning for hitting Starling Marte after both sides had been warned.

Reds right fielder Yasiel Puig, who minutes earlier had reportedly been traded to the Cleveland Indians, started a second skirmish that continued for several more minutes. Puig was ultimately ejected, as well.

Dickerson, who sat out the previous three games with left groin discomfort, had a two-run single in the third inning, a two-run homer in the fifth and a solo shot in the seventh.

Jose Osuna hit a three-run homer in the ninth, his fifth pinch-hit homer of the season for Pittsburgh, which halted its longest losing streak in eight years.

Pirates starter Joe Musgrove, who combined for nine shutout innings in two previous appearances against the Reds this season, went six innings on Tuesday, allowing two runs on solo homers by Joey Votto and Jose Iglesias.

Musgrove (8-9) allowed five hits overall, struck out four and didn’t walk a batter.

The Pirates scored five runs through the first three innings against Reds starter Tanner Roark (6-7), who went 3 1/3 innings for his shortest outing in 21 starts this season. He gave up five runs and six hits, struck out two and matched his season high with four walks.

Bryan Reynolds doubled with one out in the first and went to third on an infield single by Marte. Josh Bell followed with a two-run double to deep center field for a 2-0 lead

Dickerson sliced a two-out, opposite-field grounder in the third that went under the backhand of third baseman Eugenio Suarez, scoring two runs for a 4-0 lead.

The Pirates tacked on one more run in the inning on an RBI single by Kevin Newman.

Votto homered in the third and Iglesias went deep in the fourth to make it 5-2, but Dickerson homered in his next two at-bats to stretch the lead back to 8-2.

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