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Bryan Reynolds’ Homer Sparks Big Night For Pirates’ Offense in 9-5 Win Over Reds

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Bryan Reynolds wasted no time extending his hitting streak to 22 games. His first-inning home run sparked a big night for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ offense in a 9-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night at Great American Ballpark.

Andrew McCutchen walked against Reds starter Hunter Greene to begin the game and Reynolds followed by belting a two-run blast high up the seats behind the right field fence.

Reynolds finished 2 for 5 with a pair of runs scored. His 22-game hitting streak is the longest in baseball this season. 

Later in the first inning, Nick Gonzales snapped an 0-for-10 skid and scored Rowdy Tellez with a single the other way. Tellez drew a walk and stole second base, his first steal since 2022 and fourth of his career.

Gonzales singled three times and finished the game 3 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored. 

In the top of the third, Edward Olivares singled to right field, which plated Reynolds and Oneil Cruz. Cruz took advantage of a lazy throw in from right fielder Jake Fraley and raced home from third. 

Greene (5-3) lasted just four innings and allowed six runs on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts.

In the fifth, Jared Triolo lined a two-run home run off of Buck Farmer just over the left field fence to extend the Pirates’ lead to 8-0. 

Tellez drove in the Pirates’ ninth run of the game with an opposite-field single in the sixth. 

Mitch Keller dealt with traffic throughout his outing for the Pirates (38-41) but extended his streak of going at least five innings to 47. The right-hander entered play having worked at least six innings in eight-straight starts but wasn’t able to get out of the sixth on Tuesday. 

Keller (9-4) allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits, walked three and struck out six in 5.2 innings. 

He kept the Reds (37-42) scoreless through the first four innings but Cincinnati finally struck in the bottom of the fifth for three runs. 

Jeimer Candelario plated the Reds’ first run by bouncing out to second base with Jonathan India standing on third. Spencer Steer doubled home a run and two batters later, he scored on a Tyler Stephenson triple to right field. 

With two outs and a man on second in the bottom of the six, De La Cruz hit a fly ball to deep center. The ball ticked off center fielder Michael A. Taylor’s glove and went for a three-base error, which ended Keller’s night.

Candelario bounced into a double play against Josh Fleming with runners on the corners and nobody out in the ninth to trim the Pirates’ lead to four.

Fleming struck out Levi Jordan for the final out of the ninth. Carmen Mlodzinski provided 2.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

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The Pirates and Reds will conclude their three-game series on Wednesday afternoon. Neither club has announced a starter. First pitch: 1:10 ET.

News and Notes

  • Left-handed pitcher Ryan Borucki (left triceps inflammation) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday.

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