Saarloos fails to record an out; Reds lose sixth straight

Insurance runs: Just as the Reds started closing the gap, Jack Wilson smashed a big two-run homer in the fifth inning to give the Pirates another five-run cushion.

Goat: Pittsburgh didn't jump to its early lead without help. Reds starter Kirk Saarloos (0-4) couldn't retire any of the seven Pirates he faced during his short stint on the hill -- allowing five runs, five hits and two walks.

Figure this: With Sunday's offensive explosion, the Pirates tied their season high with 18 hits. Their 14 runs were the most since they scored 14 against Milwaukee on May 29.

Shorthanded task: Only three umpires were available after Bob Davidson, who was scheduled to work at third base, fell ill Sunday.

-- ESPN.com news services

Pirates 14, Reds 10

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Jason Bay capped Pittsburgh's five-run first inning with a three-run homer, Freddy Sanchez drove in a season-high four runs and the Pirates overcame five Cincinnati home runs in a 14-10 win Sunday.

Jack Wilson added a two-run homer and the Pirates set a season high for runs in picking up their third consecutive win, their best run since winning a season-high five straight April 22-27.

Kirk Saarloos (0-4) failed to retire any of the seven batters he faced in his second start of the season for the Reds, who saw their season-high losing streak reach six games.

Adam Dunn hit two of the Reds' five homers. He went 3-for-4 with four RBIs.

The Pirates tied their season high with 18 hits and have scored 33 runs in the first three games of the series. Their 14 runs were the most since their 14-3 win over Milwaukee last May 29.

Edwin Encarnacion, Alex Gonzalez and Chad Moeller also homered for the Reds, who set a season high for homers in a game.

The Pirates strung together five consecutive hits in the first inning, including Bay's three-run homer into the upper deck in left field, and two walks before Saarloos was relieved. The right-hander saw his earned-run average inflate from 5.09 to 7.04 after giving up all five runs and five hits with two walks.

The Pirates added single runs in the second inning on Sanchez's sacrifice fly and in the third on starting pitcher Zach Duke's single, the pitcher's first RBI of the season. Wilson's second homer of the season and first since April 8 gave Pittsburgh a 10-5 lead in the fifth.

Duke (2-5) allowed seven hits and five runs, three earned, with one strikeout in his first win since beating the Reds 6-3 on April 8. He was 0-5 in eight starts between wins.

Dunn's second homer of the game and team-leading 14th of the season, a two-run shot to center field in the seventh, cut Pittsburgh's lead to 11-9.

Sanchez drove in two runs in the eighth with a bloop single to left field to give him as many RBI in one game as he had in 17 games in April.

Game notes
Bay's homer was his third this season at Great American Ball Park and 13th in his career, two behind Houston's Lance Berkman. ... Pittsburgh optioned RHP Brian Rogers to Triple-A Indianapolis before Sunday's game and recalled RHP Josh Sharpless. ... Only three umpires were available after Bob Davidson, who was scheduled to work at third base, fell ill. ... Pittsburgh set a season high in first inning runs for the second consecutive game. They sent nine batters to the plate while scoring four runs off of Bronson Arroyo in Saturday's 9-5 win. ... The 24 runs set a new Great American Ballpark record.