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Reds beat Pirates; win series

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Kris Negron hit his first big league home run and Johnny Cueto pitched around a rain delay to lead the Reds to a series win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Negron, making his first Major League start, homered in his first at bat of the game leading the Reds to a 6-3 win.  Called up from Triple-A Louisville on Thursday, Negron hit an opposite field three-run home run off Fransisco Liriano in the second inning.

The RBIs were the first of his career and the hit was his second.  So excited for his first career homer, Negron sprinted around the bases.

"I was so amped up that I was around the bases as quickly as I could be," Negron said. "I love playing this game. You have your ups and downs but you have to keep playing. I'm not thinking about how long I'm going to be here. I'm just blessed with the opportunity and I'm going to keep playing whenever my number is called."

His start interrupted by a 56-minute rain delay, Cueto (10-6) allowed five hits and three runs with two walks and seven strikeouts.

Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth inning and extended his MLB record appearance with a strike out streak to 41 games.

The win improves the Reds record to 51-44 at the All Star break.  They will next play on Friday in New York.  

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