Taillon tosses 1-hitter, Pirates top Reds 5-0

PITTSBURGH (AP) Clint Hurdle approached Jameson Taillon in Pittsburgh's dugout after the top of the eighth inning and asked his team's emerging ace for a bit of healthy self-assessment.

''He asked me if I had pitches left,'' Taillon said. ''I don't know if I even said anything back. I just looked at him like, `Yeah, I'm going back out.'''

At that point, words weren't required anyway. Nearly a full year removed from a cancer scare that threatened to derail his promising career, Taillon looks every bit the centerpiece of a young starting rotation the front office envisioned when it agreed to trade Gerrit Cole to Houston in January.

The proof came at a chilly and sparse PNC Park on Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds. Nine innings. One hit. Two walks. Seven strikeouts. A very loud message sent in a 5-0 victory that pushed the surprising Pirates to 7-2.

''He's focused, he's committed, he wants to get something done, as do all of them in there,'' Hurdle said. ''He led the way today. And he showed the other guys in that rotation. Gave them a nice blueprint to follow moving forward.''

Cincinnati's only hit came on a single to center by starting pitcher Tyler Mahle with one out in the third. The Reds managed just three more baserunners the rest of the way. Taillon was sitting at 94 pitches through eight innings when Hurdle checked to see if he was still good to go.

Pittsburgh's bullpen never stirred as Taillon (2-0) finished off the first shutout of his career and the Pirates' first one-hitter since A.J. Burnett did it against the Chicago Cubs on July 31, 2012.

Taillon's current locker in the Pittsburgh clubhouse, by the way, is the one formerly occupied by both Burnett and Cole. Though the 26-year-old right-hander is quick to brush off suggestions there's some meaning to the move, his performance on the field so far has been ace-worthy.

''He attacked our lineup and didn't make many mistakes and we didn't do much offensively at all,'' Reds manager Bryan Price said.

Gregory Polanco keyed a four-run outburst against Mahle in the fifth by drilling a shot to the seats in right field for his third homer of the season. Corey Dickerson added his first home run since being acquired in a trade with Tampa Bay in February.

The day, however, belonged to Taillon. The former first-round pick was solid during his rookie season in 2016 but missed time last year after being diagnosed with testicular cancer last May. He returned after a five-week absence and struggled during the second half as Pittsburgh fell out of contention.

Still, Hurdle cautioned, ''It's April.''

''Let him pitch,'' Hurdle said. ''Let him show you who he is and what he is. Don't need to write the end of the story now.''

The Reds have similar hopes for Mahle (1-1), who limited the Cubs to one hit in six innings in his 2018 debut. Mahle's second start was rockier. He needed 29 pitches to get out of a first-inning jam and maneuvered in and out of trouble until the fifth. Josh Harrison singled, and Polanco followed with his home run. Starling Marte doubled and scored on Josh Bell's single before Dickerson connected.

Mahle surrendered nine hits in 4 2/3 innings with one walk and two strikeouts.

''It was one of those starts where you battle the whole time,'' he said.

SUAREZ EXITS

Cincinnati third baseman Eugenio Suarez fractured his right thumb in the fourth inning after a Taillon fastball came up and in. Suarez remained in the game to run the bases but was pulled in favor of Cliff Pennington when the Reds went back out on the field. There is no timetable for Suarez's return.

''He's one of our best players,'' Cincinnati catcher Tucker Barnhart said. ''Any time you lose a guy like him in the middle of the order, it's rough.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: RHP Joe Musgrove remains in a non-throwing period after being placed on the disabled list last week with a right shoulder strain. General manager Neal Huntington said the plan remains for Musgrove - who excelled after being moved from the rotation to the bullpen last season for Houston - to work toward being a member of the rotation in Pittsburgh.

Reds: LHP Brandon Finnegan (left biceps strain) will make a rehab start for Triple-A Louisville on Monday.

UP NEXT

Reds: Visit Philadelphia for three games starting Monday. Cody Reed will make his 2018 debut for the Reds. The 24-year-old is 1-8 with a 6.75 ERA in 22 career games for Cincinnati.

Pirates: Begin a six-game, seven-day road trip in Chicago on Monday against the Cubs. Pittsburgh went 4-5 last season at Wrigley Field. Ivan Nova (0-1, 6.10 ERA) faces Chicago's Tyler Chatwood (0-1, 1.50 ERA).

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  • W: J. Taillon (2-0)L: T. Mahle (1-1)
  • HR: PIT - G. Polanco (3), C. Dickerson (1)
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J. Winker RF40000011.273.467.273.739-0.5
E. Suarez 3B10000010.296.424.6301.0540.5
C. Pennington 3B-SS10000110.333.556.333.8890.5
J. Votto 1B40000002.226.265.226.4910.0
S. Gennett 2B20000101.273.294.333.6271.0
A. Duvall LF30000011.107.133.357.490-0.5
T. Barnhart C30000000.316.435.421.8560.0
J. Peraza SS20000010.200.200.200.400-0.5
A. Garrett P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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Y. Gallardo P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
T. Mahle P10100000.500.500.5001.0001.0
P. Gosselin 3B20000010.286.444.7141.159-0.5
B. Hamilton CF30000011.136.240.182.422-0.5
  • a-lined out for Garrett in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Harrison 2B31200101.342.409.474.8834.0
G. Polanco RF41221001.310.447.7591.2068.0
S. Marte CF41100002.257.350.486.8363.0
J. Bell 1B40110002.324.400.441.8412.0
C. Dickerson LF41111022.303.324.576.8995.0
F. Cervelli C30000110.143.294.214.5080.5
C. Moran 3B40200010.345.387.517.9041.5
J. Mercer SS41100003.321.394.464.8583.0
J. Taillon P30110000.200.200.200.4002.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - S. Marte, J. Mercer (4)
    • HR - G. Polanco (3), C. Dickerson
    • RBI - G. Polanco 2 (13), J. Bell (6), C. Dickerson (7), J. Taillon
    • 2-Out RBI - C. Dickerson (3), J. Taillon
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - A. Duvall
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Mahle (L, 1-1)4.29551224.221.22-7.0
    A. Garrett2.11000100.000.605.5
    Y. Gallardo1.010011030.865.141.5
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Mahle (L, 1-1)4.2
    A. Garrett2.1
    Y. Gallardo1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Taillon (W, 2-0)9.01002701.260.4937.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Taillon (W, 2-0)9.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Mahle 100-68, A. Garrett 27-15, Y. Gallardo 20-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Mahle 5-6, A. Garrett 3-2, Y. Gallardo 1-1
    • Batters Faced - T. Mahle 23, A. Garrett 7, Y. Gallardo 5
    PITCHING
    • HBP - J. Taillon
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 110-67
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 10-9
    • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 30
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    J. Winker RF40000011.273.467.273.739-0.5
    E. Suarez 3B10000010.296.424.6301.0540.5
    C. Pennington 3B-SS10000110.333.556.333.8890.5
    J. Votto 1B40000002.226.265.226.4910.0
    S. Gennett 2B20000101.273.294.333.6271.0
    A. Duvall LF30000011.107.133.357.490-0.5
    T. Barnhart C30000000.316.435.421.8560.0
    J. Peraza SS20000010.200.200.200.400-0.5
    A. Garrett P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    a- D. Mesoraco PH10000000.100.100.100.2000.0
    Y. Gallardo P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    T. Mahle P10100000.500.500.5001.0001.0
    P. Gosselin 3B20000010.286.444.7141.159-0.5
    B. Hamilton CF30000011.136.240.182.422-0.5
    Total270100276-----
    • a-lined out for Garrett in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Harrison 2B31200101.342.409.474.8834.0
    G. Polanco RF41221001.310.447.7591.2068.0
    S. Marte CF41100002.257.350.486.8363.0
    J. Bell 1B40110002.324.400.441.8412.0
    C. Dickerson LF41111022.303.324.576.8995.0
    F. Cervelli C30000110.143.294.214.5080.5
    C. Moran 3B40200010.345.387.517.9041.5
    J. Mercer SS41100003.321.394.464.8583.0
    J. Taillon P30110000.200.200.200.4002.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Marte, J. Mercer (4)
      • HR - G. Polanco (3), C. Dickerson
      • RBI - G. Polanco 2 (13), J. Bell (6), C. Dickerson (7), J. Taillon
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Dickerson (3), J. Taillon
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - A. Duvall
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Mahle (L, 1-1)4.29551224.221.22-7.0
      A. Garrett2.11000100.000.605.5
      Y. Gallardo1.010011030.865.141.5
      Total8.01155242---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Mahle (L, 1-1)4.2
      A. Garrett2.1
      Y. Gallardo1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Taillon (W, 2-0)9.01002701.260.4937.5
      Total9.0100270---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Taillon (W, 2-0)9.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Mahle 100-68, A. Garrett 27-15, Y. Gallardo 20-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Mahle 5-6, A. Garrett 3-2, Y. Gallardo 1-1
      • Batters Faced - T. Mahle 23, A. Garrett 7, Y. Gallardo 5
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Taillon
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 110-67
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 10-9
      • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 30
      • 5TH INNING
        Dickerson homered to right05
        Bell singled to left center, Marte scored, Bell out at second04
        Polanco homered to right, Harrison scored03
      • 2ND INNING
        Taillon singled to shallow right, Mercer scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hamilton struck out looking
        • J. Winker: Strike looking, Winker grounded out to second
        • C. Pennington: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pennington walked
        • J. Votto: Ball, Pennington to second on fielder's indifference, Strike looking, Foul, Votto lined out to left
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • T. Barnhart: Ball, Strike looking, Barnhart flied out to right
        • Devin Mesoraco hit for Amir Garrett
        • D. Mesoraco: Foul, Foul, Mesoraco lined out to third
        • P. Gosselin: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gosselin popped out to first
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Yovani Gallardo pitching
        • J. Bell: Strike looking, Strike looking, Bell grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
        • F. Cervelli: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cervelli walked
        • C. Moran: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Moran singled to left center, Cervelli to second
        • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Mercer flied out to deep right
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • C. Pennington: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Pennington struck out looking
        • J. Votto: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Votto grounded out to second
        • S. Gennett: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gennett walked
        • A. Duvall: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Duvall reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Gennett out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Garrett Pitching:
        • J. Harrison: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Harrison singled to center
        • G. Polanco: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Polanco lined into double play second, Harrison out at first
        • S. Marte: Ball, Foul, Ball, Marte grounded out to third
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • P. Gosselin: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Gosselin struck out looking
        • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Hamilton grounded out to first
        • J. Winker: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Winker flied out to right
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Garrett Pitching:
        • C. Moran: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Moran struck out looking
        • J. Mercer: Ball, Mercer flied out to center
        • J. Taillon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Taillon grounded out to second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • A. Duvall: Foul, Duvall grounded out to shortstop
        • T. Barnhart: Strike looking, Barnhart flied out to deep right
        • J. Peraza: Peraza grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Mahle Pitching:
        • J. Taillon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Taillon grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Harrison: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Harrison singled to left
        • G. Polanco: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Polanco homered to right, Harrison scored
        • S. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Marte doubled to deep center
        • J. Bell: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Bell singled to left center, Marte scored, Bell out at second
        • C. Dickerson: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Dickerson homered to right
        • Amir Garrett pitching
        • Phil Gosselin at third
        • F. Cervelli: Ball, Cervelli grounded out to third
        • End of the 5th (4 Runs, 10 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • E. Suarez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Suarez hit by pitch
        • J. Votto: Votto flied out to deep center
        • S. Gennett: Foul, Foul, Ball, Gennett grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Suarez out at second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Cliff Pennington at third
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike swinging, Dickerson lined out to center
        • F. Cervelli: Foul, Cervelli flied out to deep right
        • C. Moran: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Moran singled to left
        • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Mercer popped out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • J. Peraza: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Peraza struck out swinging
        • T. Mahle: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mahle singled to center
        • B. Hamilton: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hamilton reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Mahle out at second
        • J. Winker: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Winker grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Mahle Pitching:
        • G. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Polanco grounded out to first
        • S. Marte: Marte lined out to shortstop
        • J. Bell: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bell grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • S. Gennett: Ball, Gennett grounded out to second
        • A. Duvall: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Duvall struck out swinging
        • T. Barnhart: Strike swinging, Foul, Barnhart lined out to left
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Mahle Pitching:
        • F. Cervelli: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cervelli struck out swinging
        • C. Moran: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Moran grounded out to first
        • J. Mercer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mercer doubled to deep center
        • J. Taillon: Taillon singled to shallow right, Mercer scored
        • J. Harrison: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Harrison reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Taillon out at second
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • J. Winker: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Winker struck out looking
        • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Suarez struck out looking
        • J. Votto: Ball, Foul, Votto flied out to left
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Mahle Pitching:
        • J. Harrison: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Harrison walked
        • G. Polanco: Polanco singled to shallow right, Harrison to second
        • S. Marte: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Marte lined out to right, Harrison to third
        • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Bell popped out to second
        • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)