4 solo homers send Reds over Pirates 4-1

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Associated Press

Posted on June 18, 2013 at 10:07 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) — Zack Cozart and Todd Frazier hit upper-deck homers off left-hander Francisco Liriano, and the Cincinnati Reds moved a season-high 15 games over .500 by beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 on Monday night.

The Reds hit four solo homers in all, extending their best start since 1995, the last time they won a playoff series.

Cozart connected in the fourth and Frazier in the sixth off Liriano (5-3), who hadn't allowed a homer in his seven previous starts. He opened the season on the disabled list, recovering from a broken right arm last December.

Joey Votto and Jay Bruce connected in the eighth off Bryan Morris.

Mike Leake (7-3) extended the best stretch of his four-year career, giving up six hits — including Russell Martin's RBI double — in seven innings.

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