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Reds rally late to topple Pirates, 6-5

CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Reds plated three eighth-inning runs off All-Star reliever Tony Watson to cap a 6-5 comeback win over the Pirates under a full moon at Great American Ball Park Friday night.

Watson gave up a home run to Devin Mesoraco and four straight singles that erased a 5-3 Pirates lead and allowed the Reds to seize another game in the tight National League Central Division.

One swing of the bat by Andrew McCutchen, and a mammoth swat by Pedro Alvarez off Reds starter Mat Latos powered the Pirates to 4-1 lead in the fourth inning.

An RBI single by Russell Martin in the sixth gave the Pirates a 5-1 lead, and the club appeared to be on their way to riding a seventh consecutive quality start by Jeff Locke to a win.

But that lead slowly eroded.

The Pirates were up by a 5-1 margin in the seventh, when the Reds cut it to 5-3.

Ryan Ludwick reached base to open the inning when Alvarez threw a routine grounder several rows deep into the first-base stands. Ludwick eventually scored.

Ramon Santiago doubled him in, and then came around to score on a groundout. Both runs were unearned.

Watson -- who had allowed just one hit in six straight scoreless appearances heading into Friday -- gave up a solo home run to Mesoraco with two outs, then allowed consecutive singles to Ludwick, Chris Heisey, Ramon Santiago and pinch hitter Brayan Pena, which scored two more runs and gave the Reds the lead.

Aroldis Chapman entered in the ninth inning and earned the save for the Reds.

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