BY: Zane Miller
Photo Credit: John Angelillo/UPI
The Reds took the final game of a three game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-6 on Sunday afternoon, salvaging one game after losing on Friday and Saturday.
The game began with the Pirates getting on the board in the second inning with third baseman Colin Moran hitting a solo home run, but the Reds responded in the third as right fielder Scott Schebler hit an RBI groundout and shortstop Jose Peraza got an RBI single to take the lead. In the fourth, Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez added to the lead with a two run shot, followed by a two RBI double by first baseman Joey Votto in the fifth. In the bottom of the fifth, the Pirates started to chip away at the lead as right fielder Gregory Polanco hit a solo home run, then challenged even more in the seventh with an RBI single by pinch hitter David Freese and another RBI single by second baseman Josh Harrison. In the eighth, the Pirates scored another run on an RBI double by Polanco, but the Reds got a crucial out at home plate as first baseman Josh Bell was tagged out trying to get the tying run on the same play. The Reds added another pair of runs in the ninth on a homer by Schebler and while Pirates center fielder Austin Meadows added an RBI single in the bottom of the inning, it wouldn’t be enough as the Reds won 8-6.
Reds starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani went five and two-thirds innings, allowing two earned runs, three hits and one walk in the win, while Pirates starter Joe Musgrove went four and a third and allowed six earned runs on eight hits and one walk. Reds reliever Raisel Iglesias earned the save.
The Reds will next play on Tuesday night to start a two game series at home against the Detroit Tigers.