Dickerson hits 2 HRs, Pirates beat Reds for 8th straight win

CINCINNATI (AP) Corey Dickerson led off the game by plunking the top of Cincinnati pitcher Anthony DeSclafani's left foot with a sharp grounder.

Then the Pittsburgh left fielder really did some damage.

Dickerson hit two first-pitch home runs, rookie Nick Kingham overcame another rain delay to pitch six shutout innings and drive in two runs, and the Pirates beat the Reds 6-2 Saturday for their season-high eighth straight win.

Dickerson homered on the first pitches he saw from DeSclafani (4-3) in the third and fifth innings for his seventh career multihomer game, helping the Pirates to their longest winning streak since an eight-game stretch Sept. 19-26, 2015. They are over .500 for the first time since they were 31-30 on June 6.

''I try to have a plan,'' Dickerson said about the aggressive approach that led him reaching 100 career home runs. ''They know my weaknesses. What I try to do is stay on pitches. It's really more about timing.''

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said he's stressed the importance of having an aggressive approach.

''We've been talking since spring training about being ready to hit when you step into the box,'' Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle. ''Early in the count, guys are ready to hit.''

Josh Bell added four hits, including a run-scoring double in the fourth, to help send the Reds to their third straight loss, their longest slump since a four-game losing streak June 2-6.

The game was delayed 47 minutes by rain in the middle of the fourth inning, one night after the start was held up 2 hours, 55 minutes.

Kingham allowed just one runner past second base before Curt Casali knocked him out of the game with a two-run homer that just barely reached the left field seats in the seventh. Pitching in rain, he walked the first two batters he faced before getting All-Star Joey Votto to hit into a double play.

''There were a lot of different things,'' Kingham said about his slow start. ''The ball was slipping. My release point was off. Nothing was going right. Walking two and facing Votto is not how your draw it up,''

Kingham (5-4) earned his third win in his last three starts, limiting the Reds to four hits and two runs with three strikeouts and two walks in 6 1/3 innings. He also grounded a two-run single up the middle through a drawn-in infield in the sixth.

Ervin Santana finished the seventh, Kyle Crick pitched a perfect eighth against Reds All-Stars Scooter Gennett, Votto and Eugenio Suarez and All-Star Felipe Vazquez escaped a one-out, two-on jam in the ninth.

DeSclafani was able to shake off Dickerson's sharp one-hopper to last 4 1/3 innings, giving up six hits and three runs with two walks and six strikeouts.

''Dickerson smoked that ball in the first inning,'' DeSclafani said. ''It hit me on the top of the foot just below the ankle. The x-rays were negative. I just have a contusion. It will feel better in a couple days.''

SURGING STARLING

Starling Marte's first-inning single extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games, the majors' longest active streak and the longest by a Pirate since Andrew McCutchen hit in 18 straight in 2015.

RAISE THE BAR

Jesse Winker singled in the fourth to extend his career-high hitting streak to 12 games, the longest by a rookie in the majors this season.

DREADED GLITCH

Due to a�pregame�technical�issue�with the replay system, each club was afforded its normal manager's challenge, but crew chief reviews were unlimited for the remainder of the�game.

WELCOME TO THE CLUB

The Reds honored their 2018 team Hall of Fame inductees - OF Adam Dunn, LHP Fred Norman and manager Dave Bristol - in pregame ceremonies.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: C Francisco Cervelli was eligible to be activated from the seven-day concussion disabled list on Saturday, but Hurdle said Cervelli had not resumed baseball activities.

Reds: INF Alex Blandino will undergo season-ending surgery on Monday to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. INF-OF Brandon Dixon was recalled from Triple-A Louisville to replace Blandino.

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP Ivan Nova (5-6) is 3-1 with a 3.51 ERA in seven starts since being reinstated from the disabled list on June 10. He'd been out with a sprained right ring finger.

Reds: Matt Harvey (5-5) is 4-0 over his last five starts. He hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in any of those appearances.

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  • W: N. Kingham (5-4)L: A. DeSclafani (4-3)
  • HR: PIT - C. Dickerson 2 (10), CIN - C. Casali (2)
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  • a-hit into fielder's choice for Santana in the 8th
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S. Gennett 2B30000111.321.372.514.8850.5
J. Votto 1B40000011.286.418.436.854-0.5
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J. Winker RF41200010.303.409.438.8472.5
A. Duvall LF40100002.202.282.394.6762.0
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B. Hamilton CF40000014.224.303.309.612-0.5
  • a-grounded out for Crockett in the 5th
  • b-singled for Garrett in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Iglesias in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - G. Polanco (22), E. Diaz (9), J. Bell (22), J. Mercer (23)
  • HR - C. Dickerson 2 (10)
  • SH - J. Mercer
  • RBI - C. Dickerson 2 (40), J. Bell (47), N. Kingham 2 (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Dickerson (15)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Peraza (16), A. Duvall (16)
  • HR - C. Casali (2)
  • RBI - C. Casali 2 (4)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Dickerson (6)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Rodriguez-Mercer-Bell)
  • E - N. Kingham (3)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - A. Duvall (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
N. Kingham (W, 5-4)6.14222314.111.1121.5
E. Santana (H, 13)0.21000103.091.01-0.5
K. Crick1.00000201.931.184.0
F. Vazquez1.01000202.981.283.0
PITCHERSIP
N. Kingham (W, 5-4)6.1
E. Santana (H, 13)0.2
K. Crick1.0
F. Vazquez1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. DeSclafani (L, 4-3)4.16332625.401.32-1.0
K. Crockett0.21000105.681.89-0.5
M. Lorenzen1.03220002.701.29-2.0
A. Garrett1.00000103.511.073.5
J. Hughes1.02110001.591.120.0
R. Iglesias1.00000002.301.003.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - F. Vazquez
  • Pitches-Strikes - N. Kingham 79-52, E. Santana 9-5, K. Crick 15-11, F. Vazquez 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Kingham 7-9
  • Batters Faced - N. Kingham 25, E. Santana 3, K. Crick 3, F. Vazquez 5
PITCHING
  • WP - K. Crockett, J. Hughes (5)
  • IBB - A. DeSclafani
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. DeSclafani 64-43, K. Crockett 10-6, M. Lorenzen 22-14, A. Garrett 14-8, J. Hughes 15-10, R. Iglesias 11-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. DeSclafani 3-3, M. Lorenzen 2-1, J. Hughes 2-1, R. Iglesias 3-0
  • Batters Faced - A. DeSclafani 20, K. Crockett 3, M. Lorenzen 6, A. Garrett 3, J. Hughes 5, R. Iglesias 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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S. Marte CF50100011.284.331.485.8170.5
G. Polanco RF51100000.234.334.485.8193.0
E. Diaz C50100011.290.333.467.8011.5
C. Moran 3B30000131.271.343.407.750-0.5
J. Bell 1B41410000.267.350.402.7527.0
S. Rodriguez 2B41100014.168.288.312.6001.5
J. Mercer SS21100110.254.316.393.7093.5
N. Kingham P30120013.105.190.158.3482.5
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  • a-hit into fielder's choice for Santana in the 8th
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J. Peraza SS30100102.293.340.392.7323.0
S. Gennett 2B30000111.321.372.514.8850.5
J. Votto 1B40000011.286.418.436.854-0.5
E. Suarez 3B40000021.310.396.565.961-1.0
J. Winker RF41200010.303.409.438.8472.5
A. Duvall LF40100002.202.282.394.6762.0
C. Casali C31121000.304.385.500.8858.0
A. DeSclafani P10000010.211.211.368.579-0.5
K. Crockett P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Lorenzen PH-P10000000.364.4171.1821.5980.0
A. Garrett P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- P. Ervin PH10100000.227.320.273.5931.0
J. Hughes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Iglesias P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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B. Hamilton CF40000014.224.303.309.612-0.5
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  • a-grounded out for Crockett in the 5th
  • b-singled for Garrett in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Iglesias in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - G. Polanco (22), E. Diaz (9), J. Bell (22), J. Mercer (23)
  • HR - C. Dickerson 2 (10)
  • SH - J. Mercer
  • RBI - C. Dickerson 2 (40), J. Bell (47), N. Kingham 2 (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Dickerson (15)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Peraza (16), A. Duvall (16)
  • HR - C. Casali (2)
  • RBI - C. Casali 2 (4)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Dickerson (6)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Rodriguez-Mercer-Bell)
  • E - N. Kingham (3)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - A. Duvall (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
N. Kingham (W, 5-4)6.14222314.111.1121.5
E. Santana (H, 13)0.21000103.091.01-0.5
K. Crick1.00000201.931.184.0
F. Vazquez1.01000202.981.283.0
Total9.0622281---
PITCHERSIP
N. Kingham (W, 5-4)6.1
E. Santana (H, 13)0.2
K. Crick1.0
F. Vazquez1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. DeSclafani (L, 4-3)4.16332625.401.32-1.0
K. Crockett0.21000105.681.89-0.5
M. Lorenzen1.03220002.701.29-2.0
A. Garrett1.00000103.511.073.5
J. Hughes1.02110001.591.120.0
R. Iglesias1.00000002.301.003.0
Total9.01266282---
PITCHERSIP
A. DeSclafani (L, 4-3)4.1
K. Crockett0.2
M. Lorenzen1.0
A. Garrett1.0
J. Hughes1.0
R. Iglesias1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - F. Vazquez
  • Pitches-Strikes - N. Kingham 79-52, E. Santana 9-5, K. Crick 15-11, F. Vazquez 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Kingham 7-9
  • Batters Faced - N. Kingham 25, E. Santana 3, K. Crick 3, F. Vazquez 5
PITCHING
  • WP - K. Crockett, J. Hughes (5)
  • IBB - A. DeSclafani
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. DeSclafani 64-43, K. Crockett 10-6, M. Lorenzen 22-14, A. Garrett 14-8, J. Hughes 15-10, R. Iglesias 11-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. DeSclafani 3-3, M. Lorenzen 2-1, J. Hughes 2-1, R. Iglesias 3-0
  • Batters Faced - A. DeSclafani 20, K. Crockett 3, M. Lorenzen 6, A. Garrett 3, J. Hughes 5, R. Iglesias 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Rodriguez scored, Freese to second on wild pitch62
  • 7TH INNING
    Casali homered to left, Winker scored52
  • 6TH INNING
    Kingham singled to center, Bell and Mercer scored50
  • 5TH INNING
    Dickerson homered to right30
  • 4TH INNING
    Bell doubled to right, Polanco scored, Moran to third20
  • 3RD INNING
    Dickerson homered to center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Raisel Iglesias relieved Jared Hughes
    • S. Marte: Marte grounded out to shortstop
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Polanco grounded out to first
    • E. Diaz: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Diaz grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Felipe Vazquez relieved Kyle Crick
    • J. Winker: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Winker struck out looking
    • A. Duvall: Strike swinging, Duvall doubled to left
    • C. Casali: Ball, Casali hit by pitch
    • Tucker Barnhart hit for Raisel Iglesias
    • T. Barnhart: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Barnhart struck out on foul tip
    • B. Hamilton: Hamilton flied out to right
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Jared Hughes pitching
    • J. Bell: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Bell reached on an infield single to second
    • S. Rodriguez: Rodriguez reached on bunt single to shortstop, Bell to second
    • J. Mercer: Mercer hit sacrifice bunt to third, Bell to third, Rodriguez to second
    • David Freese hit for Edgar Santana
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Freese reached on fielder's choice to second, Bell out at home, Rodriguez to third
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rodriguez scored, Freese to second on wild pitch, Dickerson lined out to center
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Kyle Crick pitching
    • S. Gennett: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gennett struck out swinging
    • J. Votto: Ball, Strike looking, Votto lined out to center
    • E. Suarez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Suarez struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Amir Garrett relieved Michael Lorenzen
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Polanco popped out to second
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Diaz popped out to shortstop
    • C. Moran: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moran struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • N. Kingham Pitching:
    • J. Winker: Winker singled to left
    • A. Duvall: Ball, Duvall fouled out to first
    • C. Casali: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Casali homered to left, Winker scored
    • Phillip Ervin hit for Amir Garrett
    • Edgar Santana relieved Nick Kingham
    • P. Ervin: Ball, Ervin singled to left
    • B. Hamilton: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Hamilton struck out looking
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Peraza lined out to third
    • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Lorenzen Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Bell singled to left
    • S. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Ball, Rodriguez fouled out to third
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Mercer doubled to left, Bell to third
    • N. Kingham: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kingham singled to center, Bell and Mercer scored
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike looking, Dickerson reached on fielder's choice to second, Kingham out at second
    • S. Marte: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Dickerson stole second, Ball, Foul, Marte grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • N. Kingham Pitching:
    • S. Gennett: Gennett grounded out to second
    • J. Votto: Votto flied out to right
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Suarez struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • A. DeSclafani Pitching:
    • C. Dickerson: Dickerson homered to right
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Marte struck out looking
    • Kyle Crockett relieved Anthony DeSclafani
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco popped out to second
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Diaz doubled to left
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Diaz to third on wild pitch, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Moran struck out looking
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • N. Kingham Pitching:
    • C. Casali: Casali flied out to deep center
    • Michael Lorenzen hit for Kyle Crockett
    • M. Lorenzen: Strike swinging, Lorenzen safe at first on Kingham fielding error
    • B. Hamilton: Ball, Hamilton lined out to center
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Peraza grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 4TH INNING
    • A. DeSclafani Pitching:
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Foul, Polanco doubled to deep right center
    • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Diaz grounded out to third, Polanco to third
    • C. Moran: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Moran walked
    • J. Bell: Bell doubled to right, Polanco scored, Moran to third
    • S. Rodriguez: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Rodriguez grounded out to third
    • J. Mercer: Mercer intentionally walked
    • N. Kingham: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Kingham struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • N. Kingham Pitching:
    • J. Votto: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Votto struck out looking
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Ball, Suarez grounded out to third
    • J. Winker: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Winker singled to left
    • A. Duvall: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Duvall popped out to second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • A. DeSclafani Pitching:
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Mercer struck out swinging
    • N. Kingham: Strike looking, Kingham flied out to deep right
    • C. Dickerson: Dickerson homered to center
    • S. Marte: Marte flied out to center
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • N. Kingham Pitching:
    • A. DeSclafani: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, DeSclafani struck out swinging
    • B. Hamilton: Hamilton grounded out to first
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Foul, Peraza doubled to deep left
    • S. Gennett: Ball, Foul, Gennett grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • A. DeSclafani Pitching:
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Diaz struck out looking
    • C. Moran: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Moran struck out looking
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Strike looking, Bell singled to shallow center
    • S. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • N. Kingham Pitching:
    • J. Winker: Strike looking, Winker flied out to center
    • A. Duvall: Duvall flied out to right
    • C. Casali: Strike looking, Casali lined out to right
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • A. DeSclafani Pitching:
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Dickerson lined out to pitcher
    • S. Marte: Foul, Foul, Marte singled to left, Marte out at second
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Polanco flied out to left
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • N. Kingham Pitching:
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Peraza walked
    • S. Gennett: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gennett walked, Peraza to second
    • J. Votto: Ball, Ball, Votto grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Peraza to third, Gennett out at second
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Suarez flied out to deep center
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)