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Reds, Pirates split in homerfests

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CINCINNATI, Ohio (AP) – Mike Leake doubled and hit a two-run homer Tuesday night, ending Gerrit Cole’s winning streak and leading the Reds to a 7-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates that completed two days full of homers and delays.

First, the NL Central rivals completed a game that was suspended in the sixth inning because of rain the previous night. Andrew McCutchen doubled and came around on Russell Martin’s single in the seventh inning, giving the Pirates an 8-7 win.

Leake (2-1) gave up three runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings for a split. The right-hander has won his last four starts against the Pirates. Jonathan Broxton escaped a two-on threat in the ninth while getting his first save.

Leake doubled and scored in the third. He hit his third career homer in the sixth off Cole (2-1), who had won his last six starts. Joey Votto had four hits.

The two clubs had combined for 10 homers in only six innings before rain forced a suspension with the score tied 7-all Monday night. The Pirates hit six solo shots and Cincinnati had four homers, most of them into a heavy rain.

Already, it’s the most homers in a major league game since 2006 and the most combined homers for a game in Great American Ball Park’s 12-year history.

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