Runs in each of Monday's first three innings represented the first time the Bucs had scored in three straight innings at home since the third game of the season, when they scored in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings of a 5-4 walk-off win over the Phillies. The season's only other such bunch came on May 3 in St. Louis, where the Pirates scored in every inning from the sixth through the ninth.
Neil Walker went 2-for-4 Monday and is hitting .417 (15-for-36) in his last 10 games against the Reds.
Jose Tabata, who sat out the last three innings of Sunday's game after experiencing left leg cramps, gave the leg an extensive pregame test, then the thumbs-up for his inclusion in Monday's lineup. Tabata was in left and leading off, as usual.
The Reds and Pirates are perceived as offensively polar opposites, yet until last weekend both were among the seven Major League teams that had yet to score in double figures. The Reds were excused from that list with their 10-3 win over Colorado on Saturday -- and the day after, the Bucs followed with their 10-4 beating of the Cubs.