Scott Rolen had three hits and three RBIs, Joey Votto had three doubles and scored three runs and the Cincinnati Reds beat Pittsburgh 10-4 on Tuesday night, clinching the Pirates' third straight last-place finish in the NL Central.
Pittsburgh (56-93) lost for the 21st time in 24 games, the Pirates' worst stretch since they lost 24 of 28 from July 13-Aug. 15, 1985.
Andrew McCutchen homered and had two RBIs and Garrett Jones and Lastings Milledge had three hits each for Pittsburgh, which has lost four straight, seven of eight and 12 of 14.
Johnny Gomes and Ramon Hernandez both went 2 for 4 for the Reds, who have won six of eight. All eight Cincinnati starting position players had at least one hit.
Johnny Cueto (10-10) allowed two runs and nine hits in five innings to win his second consecutive decision following a six-game losing streak.
Cincinnati got all the scoring it would need during a five-run fifth against starter Zach Duke that included Brandon Phillips' two-run single and RBI doubles by Votto and Rolen.
McCutchen led off the first with a home run for the fourth time this season, hitting a 2-0 pitch into the seats down the left-field line for his 12th home run.
Ronny Cedeno drove in Milledge with a double in the fourth. The Reds added three runs in the seventh against Donnie Veal and Chris Bootcheck when Rolen, Gomes and Juan Francisco had RBI singles.
In his previous start at PNC Park, Duke (10-15) gave up hits to the first eight Chicago Cubs. On Tuesday, seven of eight Reds reached during the fifth _ although one was on an error by catcher Ryan Doumit _ and the only batter he retired in that span was Cueto on a sacrifice bunt.
Other than the five-run fifth, Duke allowed only four baserunners in his other six innings but lost his fourth straight decision. The Pirates have lost nine of his past 10 starts.
Rolen and Jay Bruce had RBI hits in the eighth.
NOTES: Hernandez was playing for the first time since July 16 after knee surgery. ... Cueto has won five of his past six starts against the Pirates. ... For the fifth consecutive start, Duke remained tied for his career high in victories, set in 2006. ... Pittsburgh starters have pitched at least six innings in 10 of the past 11 games. ... RHP Eric Hacker made his major league debut for the Pirates.