By Mark Sheldon

After Saturday, the Reds were tied for last in the Majors in run production with 28, and one might have wondered if this meant lean times were ahead offensively.

How about now? In the three games since, Cincinnati has almost doubled its season output. Tuesday’s 7-5 Reds victory over the Pirates came via a season-high 15 hits and gave them a combined 26 runs and two wins in these last three games.

It also came on the heels of losing the completion of Monday’s rain-suspended game by an 8-7 score, in which the Reds had four of the game’s 10 homers. The series will be decided on Wednesday afternoon.

Brandon Phillips went 2-for-5 in the game.

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