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Reds Roll With Rolen Once Again; Leave Pirates In Wake

Updated on August 4, 2012

Reds Roll With Rolen Once Again; Leave Pirates In Wake

by Robb Hoff

August 4. 2012

Cincinnati Reds third baseman Scott Rolen is showing the same signs of life that revitalized his career in 2010 and catapulted the Reds to a N.L. Central division title.

Rolen started the Reds charge for the team's 15th win in 16 games with a two-out, two-RBI single in the first inning. Much later in the game in the eighth inning, Rolen did something that not a lot of 37-year-olds get to do: dive headfirst ahead of a throw into third base for a triple. Rolen then scored the game-winning run on a chopper above the head of Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Jared Hughes, who mysteriously elected to throw out the runner at first instead of risking a play at the plate with the 37-year-old Rolen digging hard for home.

The Reds got another key contribution from another elder statesman: 38-year-old Miguel Cairo, who made a diving stop at second base that would've made the Reds All-Star, Gold Glove, Silver Slugging second baseman Brandon Phillips proud that ended the Pirates eighth-inning turn at bat.

The Reds got solid if not spectacular work from starting pitcher Mike Leake and once again got the goods delivered from their relief trio of Sean Marshall, Jonathan Broxton, and of course the Cuban Missile Aroldis Chapman.

The 5-4 win over the Pirates pushes the Reds division lead to 5-1/2 games and sets the stage for another series sweep for the team.

With the Pirates unable to capitalize on the series with the Reds, the central division race is more likely now to turn more toward another contender for the Reds to fend off: the St. Louis Cardinals who are returning to World Series form if not quite the same World Series talent the Cardinals won with last year.

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