Erik Gonzalez’s sacrifice fly capped a two-run ninth inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied to beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 on Sunday.
Josh Bell and Ke’Bryan Hayes began the winning rally with singles off Raisel Iglesias (2-3). Bell then scored the tying run on Cole Tucker’s single.
One out later, Gonzalez lined out to right field and Tucker easily beat Nick Castellanos’ off-target throw.
Richard Rodriguez (1-2) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win. He was one of five relievers that held the Reds scoreless over the final six innings.
Reds rookie starter Tejay Anthony was in line for his first major league win after pitching one-run ball over five innings. Castellanos hit a two-run homer.
Anthony allowed five hits while striking out six and walking two. He was making his third career start and eighth appearance.
Castellanos’ homer to the Reds’ bullpen in left-center field came in the third inning to open the scoring after Joey Votto drew a leadoff walk. It was Castellanos’ 12th of the season.
Iglesias was attempted to get a five-out save. He entered to protect a one- run lead in the eighth inning with out and runner on first and second.
Iglesias escaped that jam by striking out Colin Moran and getting Gregory Polanco to line out. Iglesias, however, couldn’t close it out.
Pittsburgh’s Gonzalez, Adam Frazier and Hayes had two hits apiece.
Pirates starter Chad Kuhl lasted three innings as his pitch count rose quickly due to four walks. He struck out five while allowing two runs and two hits.
It was Kuhl’s sixth start since missing last season while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.
The Pirates recalled OF Jason Martin from the alternate training site and placed OF Anthony Alford was placed on the 10-day disabled list. Alford sustained a season-ending broken elbow on Saturday night when he crashed into the fence chasing a home run by Cincinnati’s Tucker Barnhart.
Claimed off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays on Aug. 27, Alford had started four of the previous five games in center field. INF/OF Cole Tucker figures to get most of the starts in center for the remained of the season.
Reds: RHP Sonny Gray (arm fatigue) is scheduled to pitch Thursday against the Cubs at Chicago, giving him nine days off between starts. He was tagged for six runs in 2/3 of an inning in his previous outing Sept. 1 against the St Louis Cardinals.
Reds: Off Monday then visit the Cubs on Tuesday in the opener of a three-game series.
Pirates: Host the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night to begin a two-game series after having Monday off.
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