Marte's homer, Polanco's double send Pirates past Reds 7-3

PITTSBURGH (AP) Before he took the mound Tuesday night, Pirates starter Joe Musgrove just didn't feel right while warming up in the bullpen.

In his quest to get things straightened out, he made a quick change to his approach.

That tactic seemed to work, as Musgrove took a shutout into the seventh inning for Pittsburgh in a 7-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Starling Marte hit a two-run homer and Gregory Polanco had a two-run double for the Pirates.

Musgrove (6-8) allowed two runs and struck out eight. He gave up five hits - four singles - over 6 1/3 innings. The key for him was trusting catcher Francisco Cervelli to make a change to the game plan because Musgrove didn't have his best stuff.

''I learned a lot from him tonight about how to disguise pitches,'' Musgrove said. ''That was the earliest in the game I've gone to my changeup. Usually, the first inning or two, I've gone fastball heavy.''

That's what this September is going to be all about for Musgrove, who has yet to finish a season as a starter in the majors. Last year with World Series champion Houston, he was moved to the bullpen as the Astros entered their stretch run.

''This is something that I haven't really gone through, ever, where I feel so inconsistent with my delivery,'' Musgrove said. ''I feel like you never stop learning.''

Scooter Gennett homered twice for Cincinnati.

Marte's homer in the fourth scored Pablo Reyes, who reached on his first major league hit. Polanco drove in Marte and Adam Frazier with a double in the third. Frazier doubled and scored on Francisco Cervelli's single in the first.

Marte's homer was the first for a Pirates player other than Frazier or Polanco since Aug. 15.

The top four batters in Pittsburgh's lineup went a combined 8 for 17 and drove in five runs.

''You're looking for contagions,'' manager Clint Hurdle said. ''Hopefully, this was a contagion to get us going in a direction. We haven't had a lot of consistency.''

Reds starter Cody Reed (0-2) permitted six runs and nine hits in a season-high five innings. It was Reed's third start of the season for Cincinnati. He's made 10 relief appearances.

Gennett hit solo shots in the seventh and eighth, giving him 22 homers this season. It was his second multihomer game of the year.

''The only positives we take from it are Scooter's performance, really, and Cody finished up with a good fifth inning,'' Reds manager Jim Riggleman said. ''We're trying to stretch him out a little bit. Hopefully we can get him sixth and further, eventually. I think the big blow of the game was Marte adding two more.''

Cincinnati chased Musgrove in the seventh and loaded the bases. Pirates reliever Richard Rodriguez hit Phillip Ervin with a pitch, allowing one run to score, but struck out Dilson Herrera and got Mason Williams to ground out to end the threat.

SMOOTH DEBUT

Making his first career start, Reyes hit an infield single in his second at-bat. He drove in his first career run with a double in the eighth to finish 2 for 4. The 24-year-old started the season at Double-A Altoona. ''I'm so excited,'' Reyes said. ''This is something that I've dreamed since I was a kid.''

ROSTER MOVES

After the Triple-A season ended Monday, both teams added players from the minor leagues. Pittsburgh recalled RHP Tanner Anderson, RHP Michael Feliz, RHP Clay Holmes and OF Jordan Luplow, and selected the contracts of INF Kevin Kramer and C Ryan Lavarnway. The Pirates designated LHP Buddy Boshers for assignment. Cincinnati recalled RHP Tyler Mahle and RHP Keury Mella, and selected the contracts of C Tim Federowicz and OF Gabriel Guerrero.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Reds: Mella was placed on the 60-day disabled list with a left oblique strain, ending his season. He last pitched for Triple-A Louisville on Aug. 24.

Pirates: C Elias Diaz (right hamstring discomfort) is expected to miss at least 10 days and might not return at all this season, according to Hurdle. Diaz hasn't played since he was removed from Friday's game.

UP NEXT

Reds: In the series finale Wednesday, RHP Homer Bailey (1-13, 6.13 ERA) will attempt to avoid becoming the first Reds pitcher to lose 14 games in a season since Mat Latos in 2013.

Pirates: RHP Jameson Taillon (11-9, 3.45 ERA) is scheduled to start. He is 2-0 and is holding opponents to a .217 batting average over his last three starts.

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PIT68-71
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  • W: J. Musgrove (6-8)L: C. Reed (0-2)
  • HR: CIN - S. Gennett 2 (22), PIT - S. Marte (18)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Hamilton CF30000000.242.303.330.6330.0
M. Wisler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Williams PH-CF10000003.278.309.378.6860.0
J. Peraza SS40000010.283.323.397.720-0.5
J. Votto 1B40100010.281.418.412.8300.5
S. Gennett 2B42222021.322.369.515.88311.0
E. Suarez 3B41100010.293.375.555.9301.5
S. Schebler RF40200010.272.351.460.8111.5
T. Barnhart C30000121.252.339.378.7170.0
P. Ervin LF30010001.274.344.414.7582.0
C. Reed P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
b- G. Guerrero PH-CF1000-010.000.000.000.000-
c- D. Herrera PH10000013.186.284.390.673-0.5
M. Lorenzen P00000000.261.292.7831.0740.0
  • a-grounded out for Wisler in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Reed in the 6th
  • c-struck out for Guerrero in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Marte CF42221010.278.323.458.7818.5
A. Frazier 2B32100100.289.360.472.8325.0
G. Polanco RF41320000.253.341.500.8419.0
F. Cervelli C40210011.262.387.438.8254.5
J. Osuna 1B30110012.191.200.324.5241.5
J. Luplow LF41100002.180.255.340.5952.0
P. Reyes 3B41210000.400.400.6001.0005.0
J. Mercer SS40000012.254.321.386.708-0.5
J. Musgrove P20000010.185.185.222.407-0.5
R. Rodriguez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Crick P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- C. Moran PH10000001.277.335.387.7220.0
F. Vazquez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for Crick in the 8th
BATTING
  • HR - S. Gennett 2 (22)
  • RBI - S. Gennett 2 (84), P. Ervin (25)
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Gennett (33)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Williams 3 (3), S. Gennett, P. Ervin
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Frazier (17), G. Polanco (31), P. Reyes
  • HR - S. Marte (18)
  • SF - J. Osuna
  • SH - J. Musgrove (4)
  • RBI - S. Marte 2 (63), G. Polanco 2 (80), F. Cervelli (50), J. Osuna (9), P. Reyes
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Marte 2 (30)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Cervelli, J. Luplow 2 (2), C. Moran
BASERUNNING
  • SB - G. Polanco (12), F. Cervelli (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Suarez-Gennett)
FIELDING
  • E - P. Reyes
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Reed (L, 0-2)5.09661214.811.44-5.0
M. Wisler1.00000204.851.254.0
M. Lorenzen2.03110103.121.422.5
PITCHERSIP
C. Reed (L, 0-2)5.0
M. Wisler1.0
M. Lorenzen2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Musgrove (W, 6-8)6.15220813.751.1825.0
R. Rodriguez0.20001102.751.12-0.5
K. Crick1.01110112.701.261.5
F. Vazquez1.00000102.481.173.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Musgrove (W, 6-8)6.1
R. Rodriguez0.2
K. Crick1.0
F. Vazquez1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Reed 81-57, M. Wisler 10-8, M. Lorenzen 36-25
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Reed 6-6, M. Lorenzen 2-3
  • Batters Faced - C. Reed 24, M. Wisler 3, M. Lorenzen 9
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Musgrove (4)
  • HBP - R. Rodriguez (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Musgrove 92-67, R. Rodriguez 30-20, K. Crick 15-9, F. Vazquez 14-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Musgrove 5-6, R. Rodriguez 1-0, K. Crick 1-1, F. Vazquez 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Musgrove 24, R. Rodriguez 4, K. Crick 4, F. Vazquez 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Hamilton CF30000000.242.303.330.6330.0
M. Wisler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Williams PH-CF10000003.278.309.378.6860.0
J. Peraza SS40000010.283.323.397.720-0.5
J. Votto 1B40100010.281.418.412.8300.5
S. Gennett 2B42222021.322.369.515.88311.0
E. Suarez 3B41100010.293.375.555.9301.5
S. Schebler RF40200010.272.351.460.8111.5
T. Barnhart C30000121.252.339.378.7170.0
P. Ervin LF30010001.274.344.414.7582.0
C. Reed P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
b- G. Guerrero PH-CF1000-010.000.000.000.000-
c- D. Herrera PH10000013.186.284.390.673-0.5
M. Lorenzen P00000000.261.292.7831.0740.0
Total3336321119-----
  • a-grounded out for Wisler in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Reed in the 6th
  • c-struck out for Guerrero in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Marte CF42221010.278.323.458.7818.5
A. Frazier 2B32100100.289.360.472.8325.0
G. Polanco RF41320000.253.341.500.8419.0
F. Cervelli C40210011.262.387.438.8254.5
J. Osuna 1B30110012.191.200.324.5241.5
J. Luplow LF41100002.180.255.340.5952.0
P. Reyes 3B41210000.400.400.6001.0005.0
J. Mercer SS40000012.254.321.386.708-0.5
J. Musgrove P20000010.185.185.222.407-0.5
R. Rodriguez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Crick P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- C. Moran PH10000001.277.335.387.7220.0
F. Vazquez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Total3371271158-----
  • a-grounded out for Crick in the 8th
BATTING
  • HR - S. Gennett 2 (22)
  • RBI - S. Gennett 2 (84), P. Ervin (25)
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Gennett (33)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Williams 3 (3), S. Gennett, P. Ervin
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Frazier (17), G. Polanco (31), P. Reyes
  • HR - S. Marte (18)
  • SF - J. Osuna
  • SH - J. Musgrove (4)
  • RBI - S. Marte 2 (63), G. Polanco 2 (80), F. Cervelli (50), J. Osuna (9), P. Reyes
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Marte 2 (30)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Cervelli, J. Luplow 2 (2), C. Moran
BASERUNNING
  • SB - G. Polanco (12), F. Cervelli (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Suarez-Gennett)
FIELDING
  • E - P. Reyes
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Reed (L, 0-2)5.09661214.811.44-5.0
M. Wisler1.00000204.851.254.0
M. Lorenzen2.03110103.121.422.5
Total8.01277151---
PITCHERSIP
C. Reed (L, 0-2)5.0
M. Wisler1.0
M. Lorenzen2.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Musgrove (W, 6-8)6.15220813.751.1825.0
R. Rodriguez0.20001102.751.12-0.5
K. Crick1.01110112.701.261.5
F. Vazquez1.00000102.481.173.5
Total9.06331112---
PITCHERSIP
J. Musgrove (W, 6-8)6.1
R. Rodriguez0.2
K. Crick1.0
F. Vazquez1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Reed 81-57, M. Wisler 10-8, M. Lorenzen 36-25
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Reed 6-6, M. Lorenzen 2-3
  • Batters Faced - C. Reed 24, M. Wisler 3, M. Lorenzen 9
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Musgrove (4)
  • HBP - R. Rodriguez (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Musgrove 92-67, R. Rodriguez 30-20, K. Crick 15-9, F. Vazquez 14-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Musgrove 5-6, R. Rodriguez 1-0, K. Crick 1-1, F. Vazquez 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Musgrove 24, R. Rodriguez 4, K. Crick 4, F. Vazquez 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Reyes doubled to deep right, Luplow scored37
    Gennett homered to right36
  • 7TH INNING
    Ervin hit by pitch, Suarez scored, Schebler to third, Barnhart to second26
    Gennett homered to right16
  • 4TH INNING
    Marte homered to right center, Reyes scored06
  • 3RD INNING
    Osuna hit sacrifice fly to right, Polanco scored, Cervelli to third04
    Polanco doubled to deep right, Marte and Frazier scored03
  • 1ST INNING
    Cervelli singled to left, Frazier scored, Polanco to second01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Felipe Vazquez pitching
    • S. Schebler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Schebler grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Barnhart struck out swinging
    • P. Ervin: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ervin grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Kyle Crick relieved Richard Rodriguez
    • J. Peraza: Foul, Peraza grounded out to third
    • J. Votto: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Votto struck out on foul tip
    • S. Gennett: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gennett homered to right
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Ball, Suarez flied out to left
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Lorenzen Pitching:
    • J. Osuna: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Osuna struck out swinging
    • J. Luplow: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Luplow singled to center
    • P. Reyes: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Reyes doubled to deep right, Luplow scored
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Mercer lined out to second
    • Colin Moran hit for Kyle Crick
    • C. Moran: Moran grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • J. Votto: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Votto flied out to deep right
    • S. Gennett: Ball, Foul, Gennett homered to right
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Suarez singled to left center
    • S. Schebler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Schebler singled to deep right center, Suarez to third
    • Richard Rodriguez relieved Joe Musgrove
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Barnhart walked, Schebler to second
    • P. Ervin: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ervin hit by pitch, Suarez scored, Schebler to third, Barnhart to second
    • Dilson Herrera hit for Gabriel Guerrero
    • D. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Herrera struck out on foul tip
    • Mason Williams hit for Matt Wisler
    • M. Williams: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Williams grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Michael Lorenzen pitching
    • S. Marte: Marte lined out to center
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Foul, Frazier lined out to left
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Polanco reached on an infield single to pitcher
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cervelli grounded out to third
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Gabriel Guerrero hit for Cody Reed
    • G. Guerrero: Foul on 3rd baseman Reyes dropped ball error, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Guerrero struck out swinging
    • B. Hamilton: Ball, Hamilton lined out to shortstop
    • J. Peraza: Peraza flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • Matt Wisler pitching
    • P. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Reyes popped out to first
    • J. Mercer: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Mercer struck out looking
    • J. Musgrove: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Musgrove struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • E. Suarez: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Suarez grounded out to third
    • S. Schebler: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Schebler singled to shallow center
    • T. Barnhart: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Schebler to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Barnhart struck out swinging
    • P. Ervin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ervin popped out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Reed Pitching:
    • G. Polanco: Polanco grounded out to second
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cervelli struck out swinging
    • J. Osuna: Foul, Strike swinging, Osuna singled to right center
    • J. Luplow: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Luplow grounded out to third
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Peraza grounded out to third
    • J. Votto: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Votto grounded out to first
    • S. Gennett: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gennett struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Reed Pitching:
    • P. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Reyes singled to shallow left
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Mercer flied out to center
    • J. Musgrove: Musgrove hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Reyes to second
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Marte homered to right center, Reyes scored
    • A. Frazier: Frazier grounded out to first
    • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • P. Ervin: Ball, Strike looking, Ervin flied out to deep center
    • C. Reed: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Reed struck out swinging
    • B. Hamilton: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Hamilton grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Reed Pitching:
    • J. Musgrove: Musgrove flied out to left
    • S. Marte: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Marte reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Frazier walked, Marte to second
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Polanco doubled to deep right, Marte and Frazier scored
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Cervelli reached on an infield single to third
    • J. Osuna: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Polanco stole third Cervelli stole second,, Osuna hit sacrifice fly to right, Polanco scored, Cervelli to third
    • J. Luplow: Foul, Ball, Ball, Luplow flied out to right
    • End of the 3rd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Suarez struck out on foul tip
    • S. Schebler: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Schebler struck out swinging
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Ball, Barnhart grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Reed Pitching:
    • J. Luplow: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Luplow grounded out to third
    • P. Reyes: Reyes lined out to center
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Foul, Mercer grounded out to third
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Hamilton lined out to first
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Peraza struck out looking
    • J. Votto: Ball, Strike looking, Votto singled to right
    • S. Gennett: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gennett struck out looking
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Reed Pitching:
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
    • A. Frazier: Frazier doubled to left center
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Polanco singled to left center, Frazier to third
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Cervelli singled to left, Frazier scored, Polanco to second
    • J. Osuna: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Osuna lined out to third, Polanco out at second
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)