By: Zane Miller
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The Reds defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 on Thursday afternoon, as the Reds took the series two games to three and got their first series victory against an NL Central opponent.
The Reds got on the board in the third inning as third baseman Eugenio Suarez got a grand slam home run to immediately give the Reds a 4-0 lead early. In the fifth, it was Reds right fielder Jesse Winker who added a solo homer to make it a 5-0 game. However, the Pirates would make a strong comeback effort in the second half of the game as first baseman David Freese hit a two run home run in the sixth and center fielder Austin Meadows also hit a two run shot in the ninth, but it would not be enough as the Reds won 5-4.
Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo went six innings, allowing just two earned runs on four hits and a pair of walks on the way to the win. Pirates starter Ivan Nova went five and a third innings allowing four earned runs, seven hits and two walks on the way to the loss.
The Reds will next play on Friday night on the road against the Colorado Rockies.