Votto’s HR helps Reds beat Pirates

Votto’s HR helps Reds beat Pirates

Joey Votto hit a game-tying home run in the sixth and Tucker Barnhart added a go-ahead solo shot in the seventh as Cincinnati held on for a victory over Pittsburgh in the opener of a three-game series at Great American Ball Park.

Zack Cozart also homered, and Billy Hamilton had three hits for Cincinnati.

Pittsburgh left-hander Jonathon Niese allowed three home runs. The Pirates collected five hits, including two each by Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte.