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Take that!

CINCINNATI — Another reason I love Ian Snell as a pitcher:

In the top of the fifth inning today, Pirates catcher Humberto Cota was hit on the arm by a pitch from Reds righty Kyle Lohse. In the bottom of the inning, with the bottom of the Reds’ order coming up, the first batter was Alex Gonzalez.

Plunk!

Intentional? Oh, of course not. (wink wink) But maybe Loshe will be more careful the next time he pitches to Snell’s catcher.

There was a downside, though. Gonzalez was on base when David Ross, the Reds’ No. 8 batter, homered to left field. That gave Cincy a 2-0 lead.

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