CINCINNATI – Ryan Ludwick's infield single in the 14th inning sent the Cincinnati Reds to a marathon 4-3 victory Monday night and gave the fading Pittsburgh Pirates their fourth straight loss.
Rick VandenHurk (0-1), who was called up before the game, started the 14th and gave up a single by Devin Mesoraco. Brandon Phillips reached when the Pirates failed to get a forceout on his grounder, and VandenHurk had a wild pitch to set up Ludwick's winning hit.
The Pirates loaded the bases with none out in the top of the 14th against Alfredo Simon (2-2) and failed to score.
It was the Reds' longest game of the season in innings and time — 5 hours, 22 minutes. The Pirates played a 19-inning, 6-hour game against St. Louis last month.