TJ Friedl and Jonathan India haunted the Pirates all game and eventually made them pay in the seventh inning, giving the Reds their first win in five games.
The Pirates took two games out of three in this series.
The Pirates drew first blood Sunday afternoon after Jack Suwinski belted his 26th homer of the season, giving the Pirates a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning.
Later on in the fifth, the Pirates scored a second run thanks to a Jason Delay RBI single up the middle, scoring Henry Davis after his one-out double.
The Pirates led 2-0.
Starter Quinn Priester had a no-hitter going into the sixth inning but eventually allowed the first hit of the game for Cincinnati to Jonathan India.
After India’s lead-off single, TJ Friedl belted his 17th homer of the season, knotting the game up at two runs apiece. Priester eventually got out of the inning, finishing his day.
Priester’s final line read 6.0 IP, two hits, two runs, five walks, and four strikeouts. Four of those walks came to India and Friedl.
Speaking of Friedl, he made the Pirates pay again in the seventh inning, facing Jose Hernandez. After an India two-out double, Friedl came to the plate and delivered an RBI single, giving the Reds a 3-2 lead late in the game.
In the eighth inning, the Reds added an insurance run with Christian Encarnacion-Strand’s 11th homer on the season, giving the Reds a 4-2 lead.
Ian Gibault closed the game out for the Reds as he retired the Pirates in order, earning his third save of the season.
The seventh inning two-out rally from India and Friedl won the game for the Reds. That seventh inning put the nail in the coffin for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Star of the Game:
- In his last three starts combined, Priester has walked eight batters in 16 innings pitched.
- Jared Triolo went 2-3 with a walk on Sunday. Triolo has now gone 8-11 in the Reds series.
- Friedl has reached base 12 times during this Pirates series and has homered in all three games.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are off on Monday as they travel to Philadelphia to face the Phillies in a three-game set. No starter has been announced for the Pirates, but they will face RHP Aaron Nola (12-9, 4.57 ERA) in game one.