By: Zane Miller
David Kohl, USA TODAY Sports
The Reds won the first game of a three game homestand against the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-2 on Tuesday night, as the team looks for their first series sweep against a National League Central opponent.
While the game started out with an hour-long rain delay, it didn’t take long once play got underway for the Reds to score, with a pair of RBI doubles by second baseman Scooter Gennett and third baseman Eugenio Suarez to make it a 2-0 game.
However, in the fourth, the Pirates got on the board as third baseman Colin Moran hit a solo homer, but the Reds came back in the fifth with Gennett swatting a grand slam home run to add to the Reds advantage. In the seventh, Pirates center fielder Austin Meadows hit a solo home run, but the Reds finished it off in the bottom of the inning on an RBI sacrifice fly from Gennett to make it a 7-2 win.
Reds starting pitcher Matt Harvey pitched six innings, with just one earned run allowed on three hits on two walks for his first win as a Red. Pirates starter Jameson Taillon also pitched six innings but gave up six earned runs, eight hits and one walk in the loss.
“He's gotten better as he went along,” Reds manager Jim Riggleman said of Harvey. “Tonight was his third outing; it was the best of the three. The others were good, but to get him deeper in the game tonight and pitch out of trouble and get better as he went along was very encouraging.”
The teams will face off once again on Wednesday night.