PITTSBURGH -- Even though his Reds had won eight of their previous nine games and sat in first place entering Monday, manager Dusty Baker was wary of the Pirates as they started a three-game series.
"This is a dangerous series right here," Baker said. "They can pitch, No. 1. And they're knocking on the door at .500. This is their chance to really get back into the race -- here and at Houston [for the next series]. We're in first place. Now we're the hunted instead of the hunter. Let's see how we respond and if we can pad this lead."
Pittsburgh's pitching staff entered the day third in the Major Leagues with a 3.25 ERA, while Cincinnati's 3.45 mark was fifth in the Majors and fourth in the National League. The Bucs' 2.33 ERA at home was second best in the Majors.