Mr. Redlegs (Photo: Doug Gray)

Reds let 9-0 lead slip away, fall to Pirates in heartbreaker

A 9-0 Cincinnati Reds lead after three innings was overcome by the Pittsburgh Pirates, who won 13-12, before 29,680 at Great American Ball Park. It was the unquestioned dagger to the heart of Cincinnati Reds fans who continue to hope that their team could somehow earn a 2023 playoff berth. But the pitching staff's inability to hold a nine-run lead over the final six innings was the story on an evening that the Reds offense scored 12 runs on 16 hits.