PITTSBURGH (AP) — Lastings Milledge singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 after blowing a late three-run lead.
Andrew McCutchen singled with two outs and stole second base, making him 6 for 6 in steal attempts. Milledge then laced a single up the middle off Nick Masset (2-1).
Octavio Dotel (1-0) got the win despite suffering his first blown save in three opportunities.
Cincinnati had tied it at 3 in the top of the ninth against Dotel as pinch-hitter Chris Dickerson tripled off the center-field wall and scored on Orlando Cabrera's one-out sacrifice fly to deep left.
That came after the Reds parlayed five walks into two runs without the benefit of a hit in the seventh to cut the Pirates' lead to 3-2.
Starting pitcher Zach Duke was lifted after walking Drew Stubbs on four pitches to begin the inning. With two outs, Javier Lopez walked Jay Bruce with the bases loaded to force in a run and Brendan Donnelly came on and forced home a second run by walking Ryan Hanigan.
Donnelly then escaped the jam by getting Paul Janish to foul out.
Duke appeared on his way to improving his record to 3-0 before faltering in the eighth. He allowed one run and six hits in seven-plus innings with three walks and two strikeouts.
Reds starter Mike Leake worked seven innings in his second major league start, giving up three runs and seven hits with five walks and three strikeouts. Leake became the 21st player since the draft began in 1965 to make his professional debut in the major leagues last Sunday against the Chicago Cubs while no figuring in the decision.
The Pirates scored all three of their runs in the first two innings off Leake.
Aki Iwamura and McCutchen led off the first with singles. Iwamura scored when Leake made a throwing error on Milledge's sacrifice bunt and McCutchen came home on Garrett Jones' sacrifice fly. Iwamura's RBI single up the middle in the second made it 3-0.
Iwamura, McCutchen, Milledge and Ronny Cedeno each had two hits for Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh won for just the third time in eight games since beginning the season with back-to-back victories.
NOTES: The start of the game was delayed 1 hour and 9 minutes by rain. ... Pittsburgh 3B Andy LaRoche left in the second inning with back spasms after drawing a walk and was replaced by Bobby Crosby. ... Pirates RHP Ross Ohlendorf (lower back spasms) has been scratched from his scheduled start Saturday night against the Reds and will likely be replaced by either LHP Brian Burres or RHP Daniel McCutchen, who would be recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis. Burres started in Ohlendorf's place Monday night at San Francisco. ... RHP Hayden Penn, who had been designated for assignment by the Pirates, cleared waivers and has until Monday to decide whether to accept an outright assignment to Indianapolis or become a free agent. ... Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker and pitching coach Bryan Price held a pregame meeting with RHP Aaron Harang, RHP Bronson Arroyo, RHP Johnny Cueto and RHP Homer Bailey, who combined to allow 22 runs in 20 1-3 innings in a four-game series split at Florida that ended Thursday night.