Kuhl goes 6, snaps winless streak as Pirates beat Reds 3-2

PITTSBURGH (AP) Chad Kuhl was just happy his team got the win. His manager was thrilled that his right-hander got the credit for it.

Kuhl pitched six solid innings to win for the first time since May 6, a span of seven starts, and the Pittsburgh Pirates edged the Cincinnati Reds and Matt Harvey 3-2 on Friday night.

The Pirates' last back-to-back wins came on May 16-17 against San Diego, which pushed them a season-high nine games over .500 at 26-17. They have gone 8-18 since and lost eight straight series.

''It was good for the team to open up the series with a win and hopefully we can win this series (Saturday),'' Kuhl said.

Kuhl (5-4) gave up two runs, one earned, and six hits while striking out six and walking three. He allowed no more than three runs in any of his previous four outings.

''People who say wins are not important for pitchers are people who don't pitch,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ''There is value to it. Everybody likes a pat on the back. Everybody likes a reward. I don't think that's ever going to change in sport. If it does, then it will be time for me to get out.''

The Pirates pulled ahead 3-2 in the sixth on consecutive sacrifice flies by Starling Marte and Colin Moran off reliever Michael Lorenzen. The runs were charged to Harvey (1-5), who was lifted after giving up back-to-back singles to pinch-hitter Elias Diaz and Josh Harrison to start the inning.

Harvey allowed three runs on four hits with two strikeouts and two walks. The former New York Mets ace is 1-3 with a 5.09 ERA in seven starts since being traded to Cincinnati on May 8 after being designated for assignment.

Wandy Peralta relieved Harvey and hit Corey Dickerson, the only batter he faced, with a pitch. That left the bases loaded with none out for Lorenzen.

''I'm just frustrated about the whole outing,'' Harvey said. ''It was kind of a struggle the whole time. To have the lead going into the sixth inning and letting two guys get home is unacceptable and something I'm (upset) about.''

Felipe Vazquez held on in the ninth for his 13th save in 17 opportunities. Tucker Barnhart singled with two outs and pinch-runner Billy Hamilton stole second base before Joey Votto struck out swinging.

A sacrifice fly by Scooter Gennett in the third inning drew the Reds into a 1-1 tie and they went ahead in the fourth, scoring a run on a throwing error by Kuhl.

''I couldn't believe it. I was in shock when I threw the ball away,'' Kuhl of the first error of his three-year career. ''I kind of went behind the mound and reset.''

Pittsburgh scored the game's first run when Gregory Polanco grounded into a double play in the second inning.

The Reds lost despite outhitting the Pirates 7-5. They were 0 for 11 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10 baserunners.

Cincinnati's Jose Peraza had two hits.

KANG OFF RESTRICTED LIST

Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang has been reinstated from the restricted list and optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis after missing last season and the first part of this year because of visa issues.

The 31-year-old Kang was unable to secure a work visa to travel from his native South Korea to the United States after he was arrested for DUI for a third time in December 2016 in Seoul. He received an eight-month suspended prison sentence.

The move is procedural, so Kang can begin drawing the prorated portion of his $3 million salary. He has already played in 11 minor league games. He was cleared to travel to the U.S. on April 27.

PIRATES SIGN TOP PICK

The Pirates signed South Alabama outfielder Travis Swaggerty, the 10th overall pick in last week's amateur draft, to a contract with a $4.4 million bonus and assigned him to short season Class A West Virginia. He hit .296 with 13 home runs and a .455 on-base percentage in 57 games this year.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Reds: RHP Homer Bailey (right knee inflammation) stopped his rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville. On the disabled list since May 30, Bailey made one start for Louisville and was tagged for five runs in three innings Monday.

Pirates: RHP Richard Rodriguez (right shoulder inflammation) is scheduled to pitch a simulated game Saturday.

UP NEXT

Reds: Luis Castillo (4-7, 5.79 ERA) has lost his last three starts with a 7.47 ERA.

Pirates: RHP Ivan Nova (3-5, 4.68) beat the Cubs at Chicago last Sunday in his return from the DL, allowing one run in 5 2/3 innings after being out with a sprained right ring finger. He is 3-7 lifetime against Cincinnati.

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  • W: C. Kuhl (5-4)L: M. Harvey (1-5)S: F. Vazquez (13)
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T. Barnhart C50100024.257.339.376.7150.0
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S. Gennett 2B30010011.337.373.544.9160.5
E. Suarez 3B30100102.299.386.552.9382.0
J. Winker RF40000004.250.358.349.7070.0
A. Duvall LF41100012.190.271.393.6651.5
J. Peraza SS30200110.272.306.343.6492.5
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M. Lorenzen P0000-000.333.333.333.000-
a- A. Blandino PH10000000.232.321.293.6140.0
  • a-grounded out for Lorenzen in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Harrison 2B41100011.292.340.403.7421.5
C. Dickerson LF30000010.306.341.459.8000.5
S. Marte CF30110000.287.341.475.8171.0
C. Moran 3B21110100.273.359.412.7714.0
F. Cervelli C20000201.259.391.506.8972.0
J. Bell 1B30100002.245.329.382.7101.0
G. Polanco RF30000012.201.303.402.705-0.5
J. Mercer SS30100001.265.328.412.7401.0
C. Kuhl P10000000.150.150.150.3000.0
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  • a-singled for Kuhl in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Glasnow in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Votto (12)
  • SF - S. Gennett (3)
  • SH - M. Harvey
  • RBI - S. Gennett (48)
BATTING
  • SF - S. Marte (3), C. Moran (3)
  • RBI - S. Marte (31), C. Moran (26)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - B. Hamilton (11)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - S. Marte (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Peraza-Gennett-Votto)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Moran-Harrison-Bell)
  • E - J. Bell (4), T. Glasnow, C. Kuhl
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Harvey (L, 1-5)5.04332205.921.382.0
W. Peralta0.00000004.601.740.0
M. Lorenzen (BS, 1)3.02001201.591.007.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Harvey (L, 1-5)5.0
W. Peralta0.0
M. Lorenzen (BS, 1)3.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Kuhl (W, 5-4)6.06213603.761.3721.0
T. Glasnow (H, 2)1.00000004.751.363.0
K. Crick (H, 3)1.00000203.131.394.0
F. Vazquez (S, 13)1.01000204.551.5510.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Kuhl (W, 5-4)6.0
T. Glasnow (H, 2)1.0
K. Crick (H, 3)1.0
F. Vazquez (S, 13)1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - W. Peralta (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Harvey 100-65, W. Peralta 2-0, M. Lorenzen 42-27
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Harvey 5-6, M. Lorenzen 3-4
  • Batters Faced - M. Harvey 19, W. Peralta, M. Lorenzen 12
PITCHING
  • IBB - C. Kuhl
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kuhl 93-65, T. Glasnow 9-6, K. Crick 16-12, F. Vazquez 19-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kuhl 9-5, T. Glasnow 3-0, F. Vazquez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Kuhl 29, T. Glasnow 3, K. Crick 3, F. Vazquez 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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S. Schebler CF51100043.282.349.463.8120.0
T. Barnhart C50100024.257.339.376.7150.0
B. Hamilton PR00000000.190.281.278.5592.0
J. Votto 1B40100113.303.426.443.8692.5
S. Gennett 2B30010011.337.373.544.9160.5
E. Suarez 3B30100102.299.386.552.9382.0
J. Winker RF40000004.250.358.349.7070.0
A. Duvall LF41100012.190.271.393.6651.5
J. Peraza SS30200110.272.306.343.6492.5
M. Harvey P20000003.100.143.100.2430.0
W. Peralta P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Lorenzen P0000-000.333.333.333.000-
a- A. Blandino PH10000000.232.321.293.6140.0
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  • a-grounded out for Lorenzen in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Harrison 2B41100011.292.340.403.7421.5
C. Dickerson LF30000010.306.341.459.8000.5
S. Marte CF30110000.287.341.475.8171.0
C. Moran 3B21110100.273.359.412.7714.0
F. Cervelli C20000201.259.391.506.8972.0
J. Bell 1B30100002.245.329.382.7101.0
G. Polanco RF30000012.201.303.402.705-0.5
J. Mercer SS30100001.265.328.412.7401.0
C. Kuhl P10000000.150.150.150.3000.0
a- E. Diaz PH11100000.307.354.477.8312.0
T. Glasnow P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- A. Meadows PH10000011.325.352.614.967-0.5
K. Crick P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
F. Vazquez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-singled for Kuhl in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Glasnow in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Votto (12)
  • SF - S. Gennett (3)
  • SH - M. Harvey
  • RBI - S. Gennett (48)
BATTING
  • SF - S. Marte (3), C. Moran (3)
  • RBI - S. Marte (31), C. Moran (26)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - B. Hamilton (11)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - S. Marte (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Peraza-Gennett-Votto)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Moran-Harrison-Bell)
  • E - J. Bell (4), T. Glasnow, C. Kuhl
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Harvey (L, 1-5)5.04332205.921.382.0
W. Peralta0.00000004.601.740.0
M. Lorenzen (BS, 1)3.02001201.591.007.0
Total8.0633340---
PITCHERSIP
M. Harvey (L, 1-5)5.0
W. Peralta0.0
M. Lorenzen (BS, 1)3.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Kuhl (W, 5-4)6.06213603.761.3721.0
T. Glasnow (H, 2)1.00000004.751.363.0
K. Crick (H, 3)1.00000203.131.394.0
F. Vazquez (S, 13)1.01000204.551.5510.0
Total9.07213100---
PITCHERSIP
C. Kuhl (W, 5-4)6.0
T. Glasnow (H, 2)1.0
K. Crick (H, 3)1.0
F. Vazquez (S, 13)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - W. Peralta (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Harvey 100-65, W. Peralta 2-0, M. Lorenzen 42-27
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Harvey 5-6, M. Lorenzen 3-4
  • Batters Faced - M. Harvey 19, W. Peralta, M. Lorenzen 12
PITCHING
  • IBB - C. Kuhl
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kuhl 93-65, T. Glasnow 9-6, K. Crick 16-12, F. Vazquez 19-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kuhl 9-5, T. Glasnow 3-0, F. Vazquez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Kuhl 29, T. Glasnow 3, K. Crick 3, F. Vazquez 4
  • 6TH INNING
    Moran hit sacrifice fly to left, Harrison scored23
    Marte hit sacrifice fly to right, Diaz scored, Harrison to third22
  • 4TH INNING
    Harvey reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Duvall scored, Peraza to third, Harvey to second on Kuhl fielding error21
  • 3RD INNING
    Gennett hit sacrifice fly to center, Schebler scored11
  • 2ND INNING
    Polanco grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Moran scored, Cervelli to third, Bell out at second01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Felipe Vazquez relieved Kyle Crick
    • Alex Blandino hit for Michael Lorenzen
    • A. Blandino: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Blandino grounded out to third
    • S. Schebler: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Schebler struck out swinging
    • T. Barnhart: Foul, Barnhart singled to center
    • Billy Hamilton ran for Tucker Barnhart
    • J. Votto: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Hamilton stole second, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Votto struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Kyle Crick pitching
    • J. Winker: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Winker popped out to first
    • A. Duvall: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Duvall struck out swinging
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Peraza struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Lorenzen Pitching:
    • C. Dickerson: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Dickerson lined out to right
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Marte grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Moran singled to left
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Cervelli grounded into fielder's choice to third, Moran out at second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Tyler Glasnow pitching
    • J. Votto: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Votto grounded out to second
    • S. Gennett: Strike swinging, Gennett safe at first on Glasnow fielding error
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Suarez grounded into double play third to second to first, Gennett out at second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • M. Lorenzen Pitching:
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Polanco struck out looking
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Mercer singled to left
    • Austin Meadows hit for Tyler Glasnow
    • A. Meadows: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Meadows struck out looking
    • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Harrison flied out to right
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Peraza singled to right
    • M. Harvey: Pickoff attempt, Harvey hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Peraza to second
    • S. Schebler: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Schebler struck out swinging
    • T. Barnhart: Barnhart fouled out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Elias Diaz hit for Chad Kuhl
    • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Diaz singled to left
    • J. Harrison: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Harrison singled to center, Diaz to second
    • Wandy Peralta relieved Matt Harvey
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Ball, Dickerson hit by pitch, Diaz to third, Harrison to second
    • Michael Lorenzen relieved Wandy Peralta
    • S. Marte: Ball, Marte hit sacrifice fly to right, Diaz scored, Harrison to third
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Moran hit sacrifice fly to left, Harrison scored
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cervelli walked, Dickerson to second
    • J. Bell: Ball, Strike looking, Bell grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • S. Gennett: Gennett safe at first on 1st baseman Bell fielding error, Gennett to second
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Suarez grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Winker: Ball, Strike looking, Winker grounded out to second, Gennett to third
    • A. Duvall: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Duvall fouled out to catcher
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • M. Harvey Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Bell grounded bunt out to catcher
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco flied out to deep center
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Mercer lined out to left
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • A. Duvall: Duvall singled to center
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Peraza singled to left center, Duvall to second
    • M. Harvey: Harvey reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Duvall scored, Peraza to third, Harvey to second on Kuhl fielding error
    • S. Schebler: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Schebler struck out swinging
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Barnhart struck out swinging
    • J. Votto: Votto grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • M. Harvey Pitching:
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Marte singled to center
    • C. Moran: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Marte caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Moran grounded out to second
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Cervelli flied out to deep right
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • S. Schebler: Ball, Schebler singled to right center
    • T. Barnhart: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Barnhart struck out swinging
    • J. Votto: Ball, Votto doubled to deep center, Schebler to third
    • S. Gennett: Foul, Foul, Foul, Gennett hit sacrifice fly to center, Schebler scored
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Suarez walked
    • J. Winker: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Winker flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Harvey Pitching:
    • C. Kuhl: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Kuhl grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Harrison struck out swinging
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Strike swinging, Suarez singled to right center
    • J. Winker: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Winker flied out to center
    • A. Duvall: Duvall grounded out to shortstop, Suarez to second
    • J. Peraza: Peraza intentionally walked
    • M. Harvey: Harvey grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Harvey Pitching:
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Moran walked
    • F. Cervelli: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cervelli walked, Moran to second
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Bell singled to center, Moran to third, Cervelli to second
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Polanco grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Moran scored, Cervelli to third, Bell out at second
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Mercer flied out to right
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • S. Schebler: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Schebler struck out swinging
    • T. Barnhart: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Barnhart grounded out to second
    • J. Votto: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Votto walked
    • S. Gennett: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gennett struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Harvey Pitching:
    • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Harrison grounded out to third
    • C. Dickerson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Dickerson lined out to left
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Marte flied out to deep center
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)