PITTSBURGH, Penn. (WTVA/AP) - The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled right-hander Phil Irwin from Class-AAA Indianapolis on Sunday and he made his major-league debut by starting against the Cincinnati Reds.
The Pirates optioned infielder/outfielder Josh Harrison to Indianapolis to clear room on the roster for Irwin.
Irwin, 26, won his only start with Indianapolis this season, allowing one run in six innings for a 1.50 ERA. He has a (29-16) record in the minor leagues since being the Pirates' 21st-round draft pick in 2009 from Ole Miss.
The former Rebel was hit hard early, allowing two earned runs before recording an out. Irwin also allowed two runs in the second inning and gave up a total of five runs (four earned) in 4.2 innings on the mound.
Backup catcher Michael McKenry had the first two-homer game of his four-year major league career and Starling Marte hit a tie-breaking two-run drive in a six-run eighth inning Sunday, helping the Pittsburgh Pirates rally from a five-run deficit for a 10-7 win over the Cincinnati Reds.
Cincinnati has lost five straight, its longest slide since last Aug. 5-9. The Pirates swept the Reds for the first time since April 16-18, 2010, in Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh trailed 5-0 when McKenry homered off Mat Latos leading off the seventh. Travis Snider's RBI-double off the top of the right-field wall - upheld after a video review - chased Latos, Andrew McCutchen doubled in a run against Logan Ondrusek and pinch-hitter Gaby Sanchez had an RBI-single off Manny Parra.
Irwin received a no decision in his first start in the Majors. He allowed six hits and walked four while striking out four in his 4.2 innings.