BY: Zane Miller
PHOTO Credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images
The Reds fell in their first game out of the All-Star break on Friday night as they lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates 12-1.
After a nearly three hour rain delay, the game started with an RBI single by Pirates second baseman Sean Rodriguez in the fourth inning, followed by an RBI sacrifice bunt from starting pitcher Jameson Taillon to give the Pirates a 2-0 lead. They then added on to the advantage in the sixth as Rodriguez came back again with a three run home run, as well as a solo shot by left fielder Corey Dickerson to make it a 6-0 game. However, the Reds would get a run back in the bottom of the inning as left fielder Jesse Winker hit an RBI double. The rest of the game would be all Pirates, as catcher Elias Diaz hit an RBI single in the seventh, center fielder Starling Marte hit a grand slam homer in the eighth and Dickerson drove in another run on a fielding error in the ninth as the Pirates went on to take the 12-1 win.
Taillon went five and a third innings to earn the win, giving up just one earned run on six hits and a walk. Reds starter Tyler Mahle went five and two-thirds, but allowed six earned runs on eight hits and three walks in the loss.
The teams will face each other once again on Saturday night.