PITTSBURGH — Tyler Beede’s conversion from reliever to starter continues to be a rocky one.
Beede gave up five runs in four innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates were routed by the Cincinnati Reds 10-1 at PNC Park. The loss dropped the Pirates back into last place in the National League Central behind the Reds and was their seventh in the last nine games.
Four of Beede’s five runs were earned. He also allowed six hits, walked one and struck out two.
It was the fourth start for Beede (1-3) since the switch. He is 0-2 with an 8.25 ERA in those outings.
Beede’s ERA as a reliever for the Pirates was 2.64 in 17 games after being claimed off waivers from the San Francisco Giants on May 12.
The Reds broke through for an unearned run in the third inning to start the scoring. Kyle Farmer reached on rookie shortstop Oneil Cruz’s two-out throwing error, enabling Jake Fraley to score from second base.
The Reds made it 5-0 with a four-run fourth. Austin Romine hit a two-run double with two outs and Fraley followed with a two-run home run that cleared the right-field stands and bounced into the Allegheny River.
Fraley became the 44th player to reach the river since PNC Park opened in 2001.
The Pirates got their lone run in the bottom of the fourth. Rodolfo Castro hit a solo home run that bounced off the top of the fence and over the 410-foot notch in left-center field off Justin Dunn (1-1).
Castro had two of the Pirates’ four hits.
The Pirates’ best scoring chance came when they loaded the bases with two outs in the second against Dunn. Tyler Heineman then hit an inning-ending groundout.
The Reds busted the game with a five-run ninth against Eric Stout that make it 10-1. Mike Moustakas, Donovan Solano, Nick Senzel, Aristides Aquino and Jose Barrero hit consecutive RBI singles.
Zach Thompson (3-9, 5.51) is scheduled to start for the Pirates on Sunday in the rubber game of the three-game series against left-hander Mike Minor (1-10, 6.31).
Thompson has not won since June 5 and is 0-5 with a 6.34 ERA in his last 11 games (10 starts). Minor is 0-8 with a 6.02 ERA in 10 starts since earning his lone win of the season June 13.