BY: Zane miller
PHOTO Credit: Gary Vasquez/Getty Images
The Reds fell in the first game of their series against the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 on Friday night after taking both games of a two game series against the Kansas City Royals earlier in the week.
The game started out with Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco driving in a run on a double play ball in the second inning, which the Reds responded to in the third inning as second baseman Scooter Gennett hit an RBI sacrifice fly in the third, followed up in the fourth with starting pitcher Matt Harvey taking advantage of a fielding error to score a run to put the Reds ahead 2-1.
However, the lead wouldn’t last for long as the Pirates made a comeback in the sixth with center fielder Starling Marte tying the game up with an RBI sacrifice fly, as well as another RBI sacrifice fly by third baseman Colin Moran to put them in the lead. The Pirates relief pitchers shut the Reds offense down for the remainder of the game as they went on to take the 3-2 victory.
Pirates starting pitcher Chad Kuhl went six innings, giving up just one earned run on six hits and three walks to earn the win, while Harvey allowed three earned runs on four hits and a pair of walks over five innings in the loss. Pirates reliever Felipe Vasquez earned the save.
The teams will play in the second game of the series on Saturday afternoon.