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Another Strong Start From Paul Skenes Leads Pirates to 4-1 Win Over Reds

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Paul Skenes, Pittsburgh Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Paul Skenes’ excellent start to his big-league career continued on Monday night for the Pittsburgh Pirates in their 4-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park. 

Spencer Steer got the Reds (34-38) on the board in the top of the first inning with an RBI double but the Pirates (35-37) quickly responded in the home half of the frame to give Skenes more than enough breathing room. 

After the first, Skenes (4-0) settled in and prevented the Reds from scoring over the next five innings. It marked the fifth time in his last six outings Skenes has pitched at least six innings. The imposing rookie held the Reds to one run on six hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. He threw 96 pitches across his six innings, 69 of which were for strikes. 

Through the first seven starts of his big-league career, Skenes’ ERA sits at a robust 2.29. The Pirates are 6-1 in Skenes’ seven starts this season. 

Andrew McCutchen drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the first and moved up to third on a Bryan Reynolds double. Oneil Cruz plated both runners by sneaking a base hit past Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz. 

Cruz moved up to third on a Rowdy Tellez double and scored on a Ke’Bryan Hayes groundout to third base. 

The Pirates went ahead 4-1 in the second when McCutchen and Reynolds hit back-to-back doubles with two outs.

Reynolds extended his hitting streak to 15 games, the longest active streak in baseball.

All four Pirates’ runs came against Reds starter Carson Spiers (0-1). The right-hander went six innings, allowed seven hits, walked one and struck out five. 

David Bednar closed out the win by converting his 14th-consecutive save and his 15th of the season.

Up Next

Bailey Falter (3-4, 3.86 ERA) will try for better results on Tuesday night after back-to-back subpar starts. Former Pirates draft pick Nick Lodolo (7-2, 2.93 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Reds. First pitch: 6:40 ET.

Noteworthy

  • The start of the game was delayed by a half hour due to rain. 
  • Reds manager David Bell was ejected from the game prior to the start of the bottom of the eighth inning.
  • The Pirates recalled right-hander Daulton Jefferies from Triple-A Indianapolis and optioned lefty Justin Bruihl.

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