Cueto had little trouble getting through the first inning, allowing just a walk to Andrew McCutchen. However, the Pirates' first batter of the second inning, Marlon Byrd, launched a poorly placed change-up over the left field wall to draw first blood.
Two batters later, Cueto left a fastball right down the middle of the plate that Russell Martin hit deep into left field. Sandwiched between the home run balls was a deep fly out off the bat of Pedro Alvarez.
Pirates' starter Francisco Liriano has been spectacular, keeping the Reds off the basepaths while throwing 17 strikes in 21 pitches.