Pirates hit 3 homers, top listless Reds 6-2

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle insists he hasn't been keeping close tabs of his team's slide following a hot start. He wasn't aware the Pirates had dropped eight straight series until someone mentioned it to him earlier in the week.

''If somebody would have told me you're going to lose eight series, you'd think you're going to be horrible,'' Hurdle said. ''We're not horrible. We're fighting. And we believe that our best baseball is in front of us.''

It is, at least when the Pirates play the struggling Cincinnati Reds. Josh Harrison hit a two-run homer, Colin Moran and Elias Diaz added solo shots and the Pirates pulled away for a 6-2 victory on Saturday to push their modest winning streak to three and assuring themselves of their first positive series since taking a two-game set from the Chicago White Sox a month ago.

''We know what's happened here the past couple weeks,'' Harrison said. ''Guys are still plugging away and coming ready to show up every day and we've had three in a row. We know that doesn't speak for what's happened or what will happen. We've just got to continue to keep bringing it every day.''

Moran and Diaz both went deep off Luis Castillo (4-8) to give Pittsburgh the lead. Harrison hit his fourth of the season off reliever Austin Brice in the sixth. The Cincinnati native finished 2 for 4 is hitting .368 (14 for 38) against the Reds.

''Any time you can have a total offensive effort like that, it shows that we're doing what we're supposed to, taking advantage of mistake pitches and when presented with an opportunity to move a runner, get it done,'' Harrison said.

Ivan Nova (4-5) worked through heavy traffic on a day his breaking ball abandoned him to last six innings and pick up his second victory in as many starts since returning from the 10-day disabled list with a sprained right ring finger. Nova allowed only Eugenio Suarez's 13th home run in the second, striking out three while giving up three walks.

''I didn't have the curveball today, but we grinded out there,'' Nova said.

Castillo struggled keeping the ball on the right side of the fence at PNC Park, a problem that's plagued the 25-year-old all season. He's now allowed at least one home run in 15 of his 18 starts.

''It's surprising because I'm trying to do my best and every time I get out there, I give up one or two home runs,'' Castillo said after dropping his fourth straight decision. ''I really don't know what's happening right now. I'm just going to keep working in the bullpen and keep doing my best trying to help.''

Rookie Brandon Dixon hit his first major league home run off Pittsburgh reliever Michael Feliz in the ninth and Jesse Winker had two of Cincinnati's seven hits to snap out of an 0-for-13 skid, but the Reds had issues taking advantage against Nova.

Cincinnati went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position and is now 0 for 19 with runners in scoring position in the series.

''We've just got to get it going,'' Reds manager Jim Riggleman said. ''You go through these things. We've got a good offensive ball club. We've shown it many times. We're just in a little funk here where we're not getting some timely hits.''

Moran broke a tie with his fourth home run of the season and first since June 2 when he sent Castillo's pitch into the bullpen beyond the centerfield fence leading off the second. Diaz made it 3-1 when his fifth home run led off the third.

The Reds had their opportunities against Nova. They loaded the bases in the fourth only to have Billy Hamilton ground out to first to end the threat. Scott Schebler led off the fifth with a double but couldn't get home and Hamilton came to the plate in the sixth with two runners on only to fly out to left field.

Hamilton finished 0 for 4 as his averaged dipped to .187.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: Reliever Richard Rodriguez (right shoulder inflammation) threw 20 pitches in a simulated game and is nearing a return from the 10-day disabled list. Rodriguez, who is eligible to come off the DL on Monday, said ''things feel really good right now.''

UP NEXT

Reds: Anthony DeSclafani (1-1, 5.40 ERA) starts the series finale on Sunday. The 28-year-old picked up his first victory since 2016 in his previous start against St. Louis.

Pirates: Joe Musgrove (2-1, 2.16) makes his first career start against the Reds. Musgrove gave up two earned runs in five innings of a no decision on Monday against Arizona.

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  • W: I. Nova (4-5)L: L. Castillo (4-8)
  • HR: CIN - E. Suarez (13), B. Dixon (1), PIT - J. Harrison (4), C. Moran (6), E. Diaz (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Barnhart C50100001.256.336.372.7081.0
J. Votto 1B40000102.298.422.435.8581.0
S. Gennett 2B40100002.336.371.539.9101.0
E. Suarez 3B31111111.299.388.563.9516.5
J. Winker LF40200012.255.361.352.7131.5
J. Peraza SS30000103.269.305.340.6451.0
L. Castillo P20000013.154.214.192.407-0.5
b- A. Duvall PH00000100.190.274.393.6681.0
A. Brice P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Dixon RF11111000.238.304.429.7336.0
B. Hamilton CF40000026.187.277.273.549-1.0
  • a-struck out for Floro in the 9th
  • b-walked for Castillo in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Harrison 2B42221001.297.344.426.7699.0
A. Meadows RF40200000.333.359.621.9793.0
S. Marte CF40010002.282.336.467.8031.0
C. Moran 3B31111101.274.362.426.7887.0
C. Dickerson LF40200013.309.344.467.8113.5
J. Bell 1B41100004.245.327.384.7113.0
E. Diaz C41111001.304.350.500.8506.0
J. Mercer SS20000210.263.331.408.7391.5
I. Nova P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
a- D. Freese PH11110000.262.333.417.7513.0
S. Brault P0000-000.231.231.308.000-
b- G. Polanco PH10000000.200.302.400.7020.0
M. Feliz P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-singled for Nova in the 6th
  • b-fouled out for Brault in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Schebler (11)
  • HR - E. Suarez (13), B. Dixon
  • RBI - E. Suarez (50), B. Dixon
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Meadows (6), C. Dickerson 2 (18), J. Bell (16)
  • HR - J. Harrison (4), C. Moran (6), E. Diaz (5)
  • SH - I. Nova
  • RBI - J. Harrison 2 (18), S. Marte (32), C. Moran (27), E. Diaz (15), D. Freese (17)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Harrison 2 (7), C. Moran (13)
FIELDING
  • E - I. Nova (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Castillo (L, 4-8)5.06332225.771.440.0
A. Brice1.03331016.041.55-4.0
D. Floro2.01000102.891.465.5
PITCHERSIP
L. Castillo (L, 4-8)5.0
A. Brice1.0
D. Floro2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
I. Nova (W, 4-5)6.05113314.421.3220.5
S. Brault2.00001104.381.325.5
M. Feliz1.02110216.181.521.0
PITCHERSIP
I. Nova (W, 4-5)6.0
S. Brault2.0
M. Feliz1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - A. Brice (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Castillo 85-53, A. Brice 15-11, D. Floro 29-17
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Castillo 6-7, A. Brice 1-1, D. Floro 4-1
  • Batters Faced - L. Castillo 23, A. Brice 6, D. Floro 7
PITCHING
  • WP - I. Nova 2 (6)
  • IBB - I. Nova (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - I. Nova 92-60, S. Brault 29-19, M. Feliz 25-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Nova 4-12, S. Brault 2-3, M. Feliz 1-0
  • Batters Faced - I. Nova 27, S. Brault 7, M. Feliz 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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S. Schebler RF40100000.281.347.464.8112.0
D. Floro P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- C. Casali PH10000010.400.471.7331.204-0.5
T. Barnhart C50100001.256.336.372.7081.0
J. Votto 1B40000102.298.422.435.8581.0
S. Gennett 2B40100002.336.371.539.9101.0
E. Suarez 3B31111111.299.388.563.9516.5
J. Winker LF40200012.255.361.352.7131.5
J. Peraza SS30000103.269.305.340.6451.0
L. Castillo P20000013.154.214.192.407-0.5
b- A. Duvall PH00000100.190.274.393.6681.0
A. Brice P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Dixon RF11111000.238.304.429.7336.0
B. Hamilton CF40000026.187.277.273.549-1.0
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  • a-struck out for Floro in the 9th
  • b-walked for Castillo in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Harrison 2B42221001.297.344.426.7699.0
A. Meadows RF40200000.333.359.621.9793.0
S. Marte CF40010002.282.336.467.8031.0
C. Moran 3B31111101.274.362.426.7887.0
C. Dickerson LF40200013.309.344.467.8113.5
J. Bell 1B41100004.245.327.384.7113.0
E. Diaz C41111001.304.350.500.8506.0
J. Mercer SS20000210.263.331.408.7391.5
I. Nova P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
a- D. Freese PH11110000.262.333.417.7513.0
S. Brault P0000-000.231.231.308.000-
b- G. Polanco PH10000000.200.302.400.7020.0
M. Feliz P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-singled for Nova in the 6th
  • b-fouled out for Brault in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Schebler (11)
  • HR - E. Suarez (13), B. Dixon
  • RBI - E. Suarez (50), B. Dixon
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Meadows (6), C. Dickerson 2 (18), J. Bell (16)
  • HR - J. Harrison (4), C. Moran (6), E. Diaz (5)
  • SH - I. Nova
  • RBI - J. Harrison 2 (18), S. Marte (32), C. Moran (27), E. Diaz (15), D. Freese (17)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Harrison 2 (7), C. Moran (13)
FIELDING
  • E - I. Nova (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Castillo (L, 4-8)5.06332225.771.440.0
A. Brice1.03331016.041.55-4.0
D. Floro2.01000102.891.465.5
Total8.01066333---
PITCHERSIP
L. Castillo (L, 4-8)5.0
A. Brice1.0
D. Floro2.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
I. Nova (W, 4-5)6.05113314.421.3220.5
S. Brault2.00001104.381.325.5
M. Feliz1.02110216.181.521.0
Total9.0722462---
PITCHERSIP
I. Nova (W, 4-5)6.0
S. Brault2.0
M. Feliz1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - A. Brice (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Castillo 85-53, A. Brice 15-11, D. Floro 29-17
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Castillo 6-7, A. Brice 1-1, D. Floro 4-1
  • Batters Faced - L. Castillo 23, A. Brice 6, D. Floro 7
PITCHING
  • WP - I. Nova 2 (6)
  • IBB - I. Nova (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - I. Nova 92-60, S. Brault 29-19, M. Feliz 25-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Nova 4-12, S. Brault 2-3, M. Feliz 1-0
  • Batters Faced - I. Nova 27, S. Brault 7, M. Feliz 5
  • 9TH INNING
    Dixon homered to left26
  • 6TH INNING
    Harrison homered to left center, Freese scored16
    Freese singled to right, Bell scored, Mercer to third14
  • 4TH INNING
    Diaz homered to left13
  • 3RD INNING
    Moran homered to center12
  • 2ND INNING
    Suarez homered to center11
  • 1ST INNING
    Marte grounded out to second, Harrison scored, Meadows to third01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Michael Feliz pitching
    • B. Dixon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Dixon homered to left
    • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Hamilton struck out looking
    • Curt Casali hit for Dylan Floro
    • C. Casali: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Casali struck out looking
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Barnhart singled to center
    • J. Votto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Votto grounded out to catcher
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • S. Brault Pitching:
    • S. Gennett: Strike looking, Ball, Gennett grounded out to pitcher
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Suarez walked
    • J. Winker: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Winker struck out swinging
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Peraza lined out to left
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Floro Pitching:
    • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Diaz grounded out to second
    • J. Mercer: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Mercer struck out looking
    • Gregory Polanco hit for Steven Brault
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Polanco fouled out to third
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Steven Brault pitching
    • S. Schebler: Schebler flied out to deep left
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Barnhart lined out to center
    • J. Votto: Ball, Votto grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Brandon Dixon in right field
    • Dylan Floro pitching
    • S. Marte: Foul, Ball, Foul, Marte grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Moran: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Moran grounded out to second
    • C. Dickerson: Foul, Ball, Dickerson doubled to deep right
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Bell grounded out to first
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Suarez struck out on foul tip
    • J. Winker: Foul, Winker singled to deep right
    • J. Peraza: Peraza flied out to center
    • Adam Duvall hit for Luis Castillo
    • A. Duvall: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Duvall walked, Winker to second
    • B. Hamilton: Hamilton flied out to left
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Austin Brice pitching
    • J. Bell: Bell doubled to deep right center
    • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Diaz grounded out to shortstop, Bell to third
    • J. Mercer: Mercer intentionally walked
    • David Freese hit for Ivan Nova
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Ball, Freese singled to right, Bell scored, Mercer to third
    • J. Harrison: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mercer out at home, Freese to second, Mercer out at home, Freese to second on passed ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Harrison homered to left center, Freese scored
    • A. Meadows: Ball, Meadows flied out to deep center
    • End of the 6th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • S. Schebler: Schebler doubled to deep right
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Foul, Ball, Barnhart lined out to right
    • J. Votto: Foul, Strike looking, Votto lined out to left
    • S. Gennett: Foul, Gennett popped out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • A. Meadows: Ball, Meadows singled to left
    • S. Marte: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Marte grounded out to shortstop, Meadows to second
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Foul, Moran flied out to deep center
    • C. Dickerson: Dickerson flied out to deep right
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • S. Gennett: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gennett singled to center
    • E. Suarez: Suarez lined out to center
    • J. Winker: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Winker lined out to left
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Gennett to second on wild pitch, Peraza intentionally walked
    • L. Castillo: Castillo safe at first on Nova fielding error, Gennett to third, Peraza to second
    • B. Hamilton: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Hamilton grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 2 Errors)
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • E. Diaz: Diaz homered to left
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mercer grounded out to shortstop
    • I. Nova: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Nova struck out swinging
    • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Harrison grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • S. Schebler: Schebler flied out to deep center
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Barnhart flied out to left
    • J. Votto: Strike looking, Ball, Votto flied out to center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • A. Meadows: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Meadows lined out to left
    • S. Marte: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Marte lined out to right
    • C. Moran: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Moran homered to center
    • C. Dickerson: Dickerson doubled to deep right center
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Strike looking, Bell flied out to center
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Suarez homered to center
    • J. Winker: Ball, Ball, Winker reached on bunt single to pitcher
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Peraza fouled out to second
    • L. Castillo: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Castillo struck out swinging
    • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Winker to second on wild pitch, Foul, Strike swinging, Hamilton struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Diaz lined out to right
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mercer walked
    • I. Nova: Nova hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Mercer to second
    • J. Harrison: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Harrison popped out to second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • S. Schebler: Ball, Schebler grounded out to second
    • T. Barnhart: Barnhart grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Votto: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Votto walked
    • S. Gennett: Gennett lined out to left
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • J. Harrison: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Harrison singled to left
    • A. Meadows: Meadows doubled to deep left, Harrison to third
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Marte grounded out to second, Harrison scored, Meadows to third
    • C. Moran: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moran walked
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Dickerson struck out on foul tip
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bell grounded out to third
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)