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Reds can't take advantage of late chances, lose to Pirates 5-4 on Marte's 2 impressive plays

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CINCINNATI — threw out at the plate for the second out in the ninth. Then he made a diving catch to end it.

Marte helped the Pirates' retooled bullpen hold on for a 5-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night, Pittsburgh's first in five games at Great American Ball Park this season.

"In this case, we didn't beat ourselves," manager said. "They went out and won the game."

hit yet another homer at GABP, connecting off (3-6), and Jung Ho Kang had three doubles and drove in a run to support (6-6). The left-hander lasted five innings and turned it over to the rebuilt bullpen.

That's when it got interesting.

Former Tigers closer Joakim Soria arrived a few hours before the game and slipped into his new role as setup man. He loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh — a pair of walks got him in trouble — but snagged 's liner over his head to end the threat.

"Survive!" Soria said. "See the ball and get the glove on it. It's never easy and sometimes you've got to react to the situation."

Melancon needed Marte's help twice in the ninth to keep his club-record save streak intact — now 31 in a row.

He gave up a single to Phillips and walked with one out. singled to left, but Marte nailed Phillips at the plate. Marte then made a diving catch of 's liner, preserving Melancon's 33rd save in 34 chances overall.

"I saw the line drive was a little soft," Marte said. "I told myself go 100 percent and dive and catch the ball. I knew I'd catch it."

Before the game, Pittsburgh acquired left-handed starter J.A. Happ from Seattle on Friday as a stopgap with going on the disabled list. The Pirates also picked up infielder Michael Morse from Los Angeles, giving them a platoon option at first base to complement left-handed slugger .

The next task: Finally win one in Cincinnati.

Locke gave up three runs in the second inning, highlighted by 's two-run homer. McCutchen tied it 3-3 with his 15th homer off Lorenzen, who fell to 0-4 in his last six starts.

"It was a step in the right direction," Lorenzen said. "You have to trust the process and try not to be too disappointed. I'm getting close."

McCutchen also homered during the All-Star Game at GABP on July 14 and has eight homers in his last 23 games there.

relieved Lorenzen with the bases loaded in the sixth and threw a wild pitch that let in the go-ahead run. Marte followed with an RBI single for a 5-3 lead.

Byrd hit a solo homer off in the sixth.


VOTTO'S SURGE

Votto walked four times in a game for the second time in his career — he also did it against the Mets in 2013. In 15 games since the All-Star break he's batting .551 with four homers.


TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: Marte was hit on the left hand by a pitch in the second inning and remained doubled over in pain for several minutes before staying in the game. He was 1 for 4.

Reds: RF got a day of rest.


UP NEXT

Pirates: is 9-2 with a 2.15 ERA in his last 12 starts. He pitched one inning in relief during the All-Star Game at GABP on July 14.

Reds: Rookie makes his fourth appearance since returning from a strained left oblique. He has never faced the Pirates.


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PHOTO: Cincinnati Reds' Brayan Pena reacts after lining out to Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Joakim Soria with bases loaded in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 31, 2015, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Cincinnati Reds' Brayan Pena reacts after lining out to Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Joakim Soria with bases loaded in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 31, 2015, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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