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Alvarez homers, drives in 5, Pirates beat Reds 5-3

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CINCINNATI (AP) - Pedro Alvarez drove in all of Pittsburgh's runs with a solo homer, bases-loaded double and single Thursday, leading the Pirates to a 5-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds and a split of their high-profile NL Central series.

The Pirates remain a half-game behind second-place Cincinnati after the 4-game set.

Alvarez had an RBI single and his 16th homer off Homer Bailey. After Alfredo Simon (5-3) loaded the bases in the seventh, Alvarez doubled off left-hander Tony Cingrani to snap a 2-all tie.

The five RBIs were a season high for a Pirate and one shy of Alvarez's career high.

Bryan Morris (4-2) contributed to the go-ahead rally with his first career single. He also pitched two innings, allowing one run.

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