Suarez, Gennett 2-run homers push Reds to 5-2 win over Bucs

CINCINNATI (AP) Pittsburgh's Gerrit Cole was on his way to a second straight impressive start on Sunday in Cincinnati.

A Reds offensive burst derailed him.

Cole allowed one hit through five innings before Eugenio Suarez and Scooter Gennett hit two-run home runs in the sixth to back Robert Stephenson's impressive pitching and the Reds completed their second three-game sweep of the slumping Pirates this season with a 5-2 win.

''Obviously, we can hit,'' Bennett said. ''It's nice to see the other pieces are falling in. I finally feel if they give up four or less we have a pretty good chance to win.''

Cole (11-11) had allowed just five hits in seven shutout innings and homered in a 1-0 Pittsburgh win in Cincinnati on August 26 -- his first career win against the Reds. He extended his string of shutout innings at smallish Great American Ball Park to 12 before the Reds pounced.

Jesse Winker's two-out, third-inning single was the Reds only hit until Suarez followed a leadoff walk to Winker in the sixth with his 26th homer of the season. After Cole walked Joey Votto, Gennett lined his 25th homer of the season into the right field seats, knocking Cole out of the game without getting an out in the inning.

''I just didn't make enough good pitches to Winker to start the inning,'' Cole said. ''I didn't put myself in a good position by walking the leadoff hitter. I made a mistake to Gennett. They're looking to slug. They're looking to do some damage. They put good swings on some balls.''

Tucker Barnhart added a run-scoring triple in the sixth as the Reds sent the Pirates to their fifth straight loss and 10th in 11 games. The loss guarantees Pittsburgh's second straight losing season after three consecutive years of at least 88 wins.

The win was Cincinnati's 66th of the season, two short of matching last season's total, and they pulled within two games of fourth-place Pittsburgh in the Central Division.

''We should strive for a lot more,'' manager Bryan Price said. ''We should be talking about getting to the top of the division, but at this point in time unfortunately it's fourth place. It is better than where we currently stand, and we should push hard.''

The sweep was the Reds' first of the Pirates in a Cincinnati three-game series since April 6-9, 2015. The Reds swept a three-game series in Pittsburgh on April 10-12 of this season.

The Pirates, who've scored a total of nine runs in their last five games, got just one hit against Stephenson (5-5) - Cole's double in the third, which left runners on second and third with nobody out. Stephenson struck out John Jaso and got Jordan Luplow and Andrew McCutchen to pop up.

The rookie right-hander walked three and struck out eight.

''The pitching against us lately has been good,'' Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. ''We haven't pushed on anybody for a while.''

After Deck McGuire pitched a one-hit seventh for Cincinnati, John Jaso hit a two-run homer off of Luke Farrell in the eighth to avoid a shutout.

Michael Lorenzen pitched a perfect ninth for his second save of the season.

CRAFTY COLE

Cole burned the Reds with a two-strike ''butcher boy'' double over drawn-in CF Scott Schebler after showing bunt to give Pittsburgh runners on second and third with nobody out in the third. Stephenson escaped with a strikeout and two popups.

MINOR MOVE

The Reds announced during the game that they had claimed minor league 1B D.J. Peterson off waivers from the White Sox and transferred RHP Drew Storen to the 60-day disabled list. Peterson has hit .266 with 86 home runs and 343 RBIs in 522 games over five seasons. He will not report to the big league team.

SPREADING THE POP

Gennett's home run was his 25th of the season, giving the Reds at least five players with at least that many for the second time in franchise history and first since the 1956 team also finished with five at 25 or more. They included Hall-of-Famer Frank Robinson, who hit a team-high 38 on his way to being named Rookie of the Year.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Reds: RHP Drew Storen will undergo Tommy John surgery to replace the damaged ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, manager Bryan Price announced on Sunday.

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP Jameson Taillon (7-6), Monday's scheduled starter against Milwaukee in Pittsburgh, is 2-4 with a 7.17 ERA in 11 starts since the All-Star break.

Reds: After Monday's day off, rookie RHP Jackson Stephens (2-0) will make his second career start and first against the Cardinals on Tuesday. Stephens allowed two hits and had a strikeout in three innings of relief during Cincinnati's 5-2 loss at St. Louis on Thursday.

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  • W: R. Stephenson (5-5)L: G. Cole (11-11)S: M. Lorenzen (2)
  • HR: PIT - J. Jaso (10), CIN - S. Gennett (25), E. Suarez (26)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Luplow LF30000112.228.286.386.6720.5
A. McCutchen CF40000013.274.360.477.837-0.5
J. Bell 1B30100111.257.335.471.8060.5
D. Freese 3B40000022.263.369.373.742-1.0
J. Mercer SS40000011.250.323.401.724-0.5
S. Rodriguez 2B30000001.167.291.315.6060.0
C. Stewart C20000110.185.243.223.4660.5
G. Cole P20100010.173.189.250.4391.5
D. Hudson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Leathersich P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- C. Bostick PH01000100.222.364.333.6972.0
J. Barbato P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-walked for Leathersich in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Winker RF31100110.277.370.500.8702.5
E. Suarez 3B31121111.267.376.480.8567.5
J. Votto 1B21000201.317.453.5821.0353.0
S. Gennett 2B41121022.297.346.541.8876.0
A. Duvall LF40000030.248.295.487.781-1.5
S. Schebler CF40000020.234.313.486.799-1.0
Z. Vincej SS21000110.000.429.000.4292.5
T. Barnhart C30110001.271.349.401.7504.0
R. Stephenson P20000021.050.050.050.100-1.0
a- J. Peraza PH10000001.258.298.326.6240.0
D. McGuire P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
L. Farrell P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Lorenzen P00000000.167.167.417.5830.0
  • a-grounded out for Stephenson in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - G. Cole
  • HR - J. Jaso (10)
  • RBI - J. Jaso 2 (34)
BATTING
  • 3B - T. Barnhart (2)
  • HR - E. Suarez (26), S. Gennett (25)
  • RBI - E. Suarez 2 (81), S. Gennett 2 (88), T. Barnhart (42)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Barnhart (16)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - J. Bell (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Cole (L, 11-11)5.03444624.131.232.0
D. Hudson1.01110204.551.432.0
J. Leathersich1.00001206.753.003.0
J. Barbato1.00000204.561.564.0
PITCHERSIP
G. Cole (L, 11-11)5.0
D. Hudson1.0
J. Leathersich1.0
J. Barbato1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Stephenson (W, 5-5)6.01003805.011.6428.0
D. McGuire1.01000200.000.753.0
L. Farrell1.01221017.271.85-1.0
M. Lorenzen (S, 2)1.00000004.041.3310.0
PITCHERSIP
R. Stephenson (W, 5-5)6.0
D. McGuire1.0
L. Farrell1.0
M. Lorenzen (S, 2)1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - D. Hudson (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 87-50, D. Hudson 21-16, J. Leathersich 13-7, J. Barbato 10-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 3-6, D. Hudson 1-0, J. Barbato 1-0
  • Batters Faced - G. Cole 22, D. Hudson 5, J. Leathersich 4, J. Barbato 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Stephenson 93-54, D. McGuire 13-10, L. Farrell 23-15, M. Lorenzen 8-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Stephenson 2-7, L. Farrell 2-1, M. Lorenzen 1-2
  • Batters Faced - R. Stephenson 21, D. McGuire 4, L. Farrell 5, M. Lorenzen 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Jaso RF41121022.214.330.409.7396.0
J. Luplow LF30000112.228.286.386.6720.5
A. McCutchen CF40000013.274.360.477.837-0.5
J. Bell 1B30100111.257.335.471.8060.5
D. Freese 3B40000022.263.369.373.742-1.0
J. Mercer SS40000011.250.323.401.724-0.5
S. Rodriguez 2B30000001.167.291.315.6060.0
C. Stewart C20000110.185.243.223.4660.5
G. Cole P20100010.173.189.250.4391.5
D. Hudson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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J. Barbato P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-walked for Leathersich in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Winker RF31100110.277.370.500.8702.5
E. Suarez 3B31121111.267.376.480.8567.5
J. Votto 1B21000201.317.453.5821.0353.0
S. Gennett 2B41121022.297.346.541.8876.0
A. Duvall LF40000030.248.295.487.781-1.5
S. Schebler CF40000020.234.313.486.799-1.0
Z. Vincej SS21000110.000.429.000.4292.5
T. Barnhart C30110001.271.349.401.7504.0
R. Stephenson P20000021.050.050.050.100-1.0
a- J. Peraza PH10000001.258.298.326.6240.0
D. McGuire P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
L. Farrell P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Lorenzen P00000000.167.167.417.5830.0
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  • a-grounded out for Stephenson in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - G. Cole
  • HR - J. Jaso (10)
  • RBI - J. Jaso 2 (34)
BATTING
  • 3B - T. Barnhart (2)
  • HR - E. Suarez (26), S. Gennett (25)
  • RBI - E. Suarez 2 (81), S. Gennett 2 (88), T. Barnhart (42)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Barnhart (16)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - J. Bell (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Cole (L, 11-11)5.03444624.131.232.0
D. Hudson1.01110204.551.432.0
J. Leathersich1.00001206.753.003.0
J. Barbato1.00000204.561.564.0
Total8.04555122---
PITCHERSIP
G. Cole (L, 11-11)5.0
D. Hudson1.0
J. Leathersich1.0
J. Barbato1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Stephenson (W, 5-5)6.01003805.011.6428.0
D. McGuire1.01000200.000.753.0
L. Farrell1.01221017.271.85-1.0
M. Lorenzen (S, 2)1.00000004.041.3310.0
Total9.03224101---
PITCHERSIP
R. Stephenson (W, 5-5)6.0
D. McGuire1.0
L. Farrell1.0
M. Lorenzen (S, 2)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - D. Hudson (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 87-50, D. Hudson 21-16, J. Leathersich 13-7, J. Barbato 10-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 3-6, D. Hudson 1-0, J. Barbato 1-0
  • Batters Faced - G. Cole 22, D. Hudson 5, J. Leathersich 4, J. Barbato 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Stephenson 93-54, D. McGuire 13-10, L. Farrell 23-15, M. Lorenzen 8-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Stephenson 2-7, L. Farrell 2-1, M. Lorenzen 1-2
  • Batters Faced - R. Stephenson 21, D. McGuire 4, L. Farrell 5, M. Lorenzen 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Jaso homered to right, Bostick scored25
  • 6TH INNING
    Barnhart tripled to shallow right, Vincej scored05
    Gennett homered to right, Votto scored04
    Suarez homered to center, Winker scored02
  • 9TH INNING
    • Michael Lorenzen relieved Luke Farrell
    • J. Bell: Foul, Ball, Bell flied out to left
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Freese grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Ball, Mercer flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Luke Farrell relieved Deck McGuire
    • C. Stewart: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Foul, Stewart grounded out to shortstop
    • Christopher Bostick hit for Jack Leathersich
    • C. Bostick: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bostick walked
    • J. Jaso: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Jaso homered to right, Bostick scored
    • J. Luplow: Ball, Strike swinging, Luplow lined out to center
    • A. McCutchen: Strike swinging, Ball, McCutchen grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Johnny Barbato pitching
    • A. Duvall: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Duvall struck out swinging
    • S. Schebler: Ball, Schebler grounded out to second
    • Z. Vincej: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Vincej struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Deck McGuire pitching
    • J. Bell: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Bell singled to left
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Freese struck out looking
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Mercer struck out looking
    • S. Rodriguez: Ball, Rodriguez flied out to left
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Jack Leathersich relieved Daniel Hudson
    • J. Winker: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Winker struck out swinging
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Suarez walked
    • J. Votto: Votto flied out to center
    • S. Gennett: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Gennett struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • R. Stephenson Pitching:
    • J. Jaso: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Jaso struck out swinging
    • J. Luplow: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Luplow struck out swinging
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, McCutchen grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • J. Winker: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Winker walked
    • E. Suarez: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Suarez homered to center, Winker scored
    • J. Votto: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Votto walked
    • S. Gennett: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gennett homered to right, Votto scored
    • Daniel Hudson relieved Gerrit Cole
    • A. Duvall: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Duvall struck out swinging
    • S. Schebler: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Schebler struck out swinging
    • Z. Vincej: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Vincej hit by pitch
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Barnhart tripled to shallow right, Vincej scored
    • Jose Peraza hit for Robert Stephenson
    • J. Peraza: Peraza grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 6th (5 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • R. Stephenson Pitching:
    • S. Rodriguez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Rodriguez flied out to deep center
    • C. Stewart: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Stewart struck out looking
    • G. Cole: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Cole struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • S. Schebler: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Schebler struck out swinging
    • Z. Vincej: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Vincej walked
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Strike looking, Barnhart grounded out to second, Vincej to second
    • R. Stephenson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Stephenson struck out looking
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • R. Stephenson Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bell walked
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bell caught stealing, catcher to second
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Mercer lined out to center
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • J. Votto: Votto fouled out to left
    • S. Gennett: Ball, Ball, Gennett popped out to second
    • A. Duvall: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Duvall struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • R. Stephenson Pitching:
    • C. Stewart: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Stewart walked
    • G. Cole: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cole doubled to deep center, Stewart to third
    • J. Jaso: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Jaso struck out swinging
    • J. Luplow: Ball, Luplow popped out to shortstop
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, McCutchen fouled out to catcher
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • T. Barnhart: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Barnhart lined out to left
    • R. Stephenson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Stephenson struck out looking
    • J. Winker: Ball, Winker singled to right center
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Suarez lined out to left
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • R. Stephenson Pitching:
    • D. Freese: Freese flied out to deep right
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Mercer flied out to left
    • S. Rodriguez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rodriguez grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • A. Duvall: Duvall popped out to first
    • S. Schebler: Ball, Strike looking, Schebler grounded out to first
    • Z. Vincej: Ball, Strike swinging, Vincej flied out to deep left
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • R. Stephenson Pitching:
    • J. Jaso: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Jaso popped out to shortstop
    • J. Luplow: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Luplow walked
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, McCutchen struck out swinging
    • J. Bell: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • J. Winker: Strike looking, Ball, Winker grounded out to first
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Suarez struck out swinging
    • J. Votto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Votto walked
    • S. Gennett: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gennett struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)