BY: Zane Miller
PHOTO Credit: Kareem Elgazzar/Cincinnati Enquirer
The Reds took down the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0 on Saturday afternoon, sending the final series of the regular season for both teams into a rubber game on Sunday.
The game started out with the Reds getting the first run of the game in the third inning as shortstop Jose Peraza hit an RBI sacrifice fly. The run was then followed in the fourth inning by a solo home run courtesy of third baseman Eugenio Suarez and an RBI single from starting pitcher Michael Lorenzen to give the Reds a 3-0 lead, which they would hold through the remainder of the game.
Lorenzen earned the win, pitching five and two thirds innings and giving up no earned runs on just five hits and a pair of walks. Pirates starter Jameson Taillon went six innings in the loss, giving up three earned runs on seven hits but no walks. Reds closer Raisel Igleasias picked up the save.
The teams will play in the final game of the season as well as the rubber game of the series on Sunday afternoon.