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Luis Ortiz Tosses Gem, Pirates Hit Pair of Homers to Take Series Over Reds

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Luis Ortiz shined in his first start of the season and the Pittsburgh Pirates belted two home runs to take the series with a 6-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark on Wednesday.

Ortiz (4-2) tied his career-high with seven strikeouts in six strong innings. The right-hander held the Reds (37-43) to one run on four hits and didn’t walk a batter. 

The lone blemish against Ortiz came in the third inning when Jonathan India doubled home Stuart Fairchild. Outside of the third inning, the Reds didn’t put a runner in scoring position against Ortiz.

Rowdy Tellez hit the first Pirates’ homer of the game, an opposite solo blast in the top of the fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie. It was his third home run of the season. 

The following inning, Andrew McCutchen blasted a two-run homer to straight away center field. His 11th of the season extended the lead to 4-1. 

Jack Suwinski put the Pirates (39-41) on the board with an RBI single in the second inning. 

Jason Delay provided a pair of insurance runs in the sixth inning with a two-out two-run double down the third base line. Delay was one of three Pirates with multiple hits, joining Tellez and Connor Joe. 

Bryan Reynolds singled in his first at-bat, extending his hitting streak to 23 games. 

As a team, the Pirates recorded 10 hits. They combined for 30 hits in the three-game series with 10 hits in all three games. 

The Reds recalled Graham Ashcraft (4-4) from Triple-A Louisville to start against the Pirates. He was tagged for six runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings.

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The Pirates have a day off on Thursday before heading to Atlanta for the start of a three-game series against the Braves on Friday night.

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