New-look Reds rally for 5-3 win over Pirates on Dietrich HR

CINCINNATI (AP) Unexpected stars, unconventional moves, one pleasing win. The David Bell era in Cincinnati got off to an encouraging start for a Reds team trying to finally escape last place.

Pinch-hitter Derek Dietrich connected for a three-run homer in the seventh inning Thursday, and Bell went against the book while closing out a 5-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates in his first game as manager.

The Reds got starring performances from two players signed for backup roles last month. They also ended the game with a relief pitcher playing center field, a sign of Bell's openness to new ideas.

''You like to try and tell yourself that it's just one game, but it's not,'' said Bell, whose grandfather and father played for the Reds. ''It's special to the city. It's a big day.''

Two players signed to minor league deals last month became part of Cincinnati's opening day lore.

New shortstop Jose Iglesias doubled twice and drove in a run. After Jose Peraza's homer off Jameson Taillon (0-1) tied it in the seventh, Dietrich put the Reds up 5-2 with his pinch-hit homer off Richard Rodriguez . Dietrich got a curtain call from the crowd of 44,049, the largest for a regular-season game at Great American Ball Park.

Dietrich was known for getting hit by pitches during his six seasons with the Marlins - he set a club record. He never had reason for a curtain call.

''I was taking it all in in the dugout with the guys and they were like, `Get up there! Get up there!''' Dietrich said.

Zach Duke (1-0) retired the two batters he faced. Former closer Raisel Iglesias came on in the eighth and gave up a solo homer by Corey Dickerson. Bell replaced him with two on in the ninth, another unconventional move.

David Hernandez loaded the bases with a walk before retiring Dickerson on a grounder, getting his first save since 2017. Dickerson fouled off seven pitches with two strikes to extend the game.

''It's a great at-bat,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ''It was a pretty epic battle, that late, that kind of situation. They won this one.''

Cincinnati reliever Michael Lorenzen got into the game as a pinch runner in the seventh and played the last two innings in center field. He didn't have a ball hit his way.

The win opened a notable season for the Reds. Commissioner Rob Manfred was grand marshal of the pregame parade that kicked off baseball's 150th anniversary celebration of the first all-professional team, the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings.

The Reds gave themselves an offseason makeover with three trades, including the addition of Yasiel Puig from the Dodgers. The right fielder got one of the loudest cheers - fans chanting ''PUUUUIIIIIIG!''- during pregame introductions and went 0 for 4 with a pair of strikeouts.

Pittsburgh's Jung Ho Kang singled home a pair of runs in the sixth, an early return on the $3 million, one-year deal he signed last November.

OUTFIELD WOES

The Pirates opened the season with a depleted outfield. Right fielder Gregory Polanco is recovering from shoulder surgery, and fill-in Lonnie Chisenhall went on the injury list before the game with a broken right index finger. Adding to the problems, center fielder Starling Marte was a late scratch from the lineup because of a migraine.

STREAK STOPPED

Taillon allowed three runs or fewer in his last 22 starts of 2018. The Reds got four in the opener, ending his streak.

''I'm not going to lose too much sleep over it,'' Taillon said. ''I feel like I'm in a really good place.''

REMEMBERING ROBBIE

The Reds played a tribute to Frank Robinson on the video board before the game. The Hall of Famer died last month at age 83.

COMMISH & CATCHER

In his role as parade grand marshal, Manfred rode in a car with Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench.

''If you're going to spend a half-hour in an open car with anybody, Johnny Bench is a good choice,'' Manfred said. ''He's like a god here. I'm sure you could put the most despicable guy in the world in an open car with Johnny Bench and he would get cheered here.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: In addition to Chisenhall, the Pirates put fifth starter Jordan Lyles (sore right side), C Elias Diaz (virus), RHP Dovydas Neverauskas (oblique) and OF Jose Osuna (neck) on the injury list. They also moved RHP Edgar Santana (Tommy John surgery) to the 60-day injured list.

Reds: Put INF Alex Blandino, 2B Scooter Gennett and LHP Alex Wood on the 10-day injury list.

UP NEXT

Pirates: After an off day Friday, Trevor Williams (14-10) tries to build upon his second-half success last season. His 1.38 ERA after the All-Star break was second-best in the majors behind Tampa Bay's Blake Snell (1.17).

Reds: Sonny Gray (11-9) makes his third career start against the Pirates. The Reds got him in a trade with the Yankees on Jan. 21 after he agreed to add three years to his deal worth $30.5 million through 2022.

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  • W: Z. Duke (1-0)L: J. Taillon (0-1)S: D. Hernandez (1)
  • HR: PIT - C. Dickerson (1), CIN - J. Peraza (1), D. Dietrich (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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F. Cervelli C41100010.250.250.250.5001.5
J. Kang 3B30120120.333.500.333.8333.0
J. Shuck CF20000211.000.500.000.5001.5
E. Gonzalez SS40100003.250.250.250.5001.0
J. Taillon P20000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
R. Rodriguez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
N. Burdi P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- C. Moran PH00000100.0001.000.0001.0001.0
K. Newman PR00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-walked for Burdi in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Winker LF30000110.000.250.000.2500.5
M. Lorenzen PR-CF00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Votto 1B40100001.250.250.500.7502.0
Y. Puig RF40000023.000.000.000.000-1.0
E. Suarez 3B30000103.000.250.000.2500.0
S. Schebler CF-LF40000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
J. Peraza 2B42211010.500.5001.2501.7507.5
T. Barnhart C31100111.333.500.333.8332.5
J. Iglesias SS31210001.667.6671.3332.0006.0
L. Castillo P20000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
J. Hughes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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R. Iglesias P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Garrett P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Hernandez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-homered for Duke in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - C. Dickerson
  • SH - J. Taillon
  • RBI - C. Dickerson, J. Kang 2 (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Kang 2 (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Dickerson 5 (5), J. Bell, J. Shuck, E. Gonzalez 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Votto, J. Iglesias 2 (2)
  • HR - J. Peraza, D. Dietrich
  • RBI - J. Peraza, J. Iglesias, D. Dietrich 3 (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Iglesias
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Suarez 3 (3), J. Iglesias, L. Castillo
BASERUNNING
  • CS - E. Suarez
FIELDING
  • E - J. Bell
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Taillon (L, 0-1)6.06442416.001.333.0
R. Rodriguez1.01111119.002.000.5
N. Burdi1.00000300.000.004.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Taillon (L, 0-1)6.0
R. Rodriguez1.0
N. Burdi1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Castillo5.22113801.590.8813.0
J. Hughes (BS, 1)0.221111013.504.50-3.5
Z. Duke (W, 1-0)0.20000000.000.007.0
R. Iglesias (H, 1)1.11112116.752.25-0.5
A. Garrett (H, 1)0.10000100.000.000.5
D. Hernandez (S, 1)0.10001000.003.006.0
PITCHERSIP
L. Castillo5.2
J. Hughes (BS, 1)0.2
Z. Duke (W, 1-0)0.2
R. Iglesias (H, 1)1.1
A. Garrett (H, 1)0.1
D. Hernandez (S, 1)0.1
PITCHING
  • WP - R. Rodriguez
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 83-60, R. Rodriguez 18-11, N. Burdi 14-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 7-7
  • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 26, R. Rodriguez 5, N. Burdi 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Castillo 91-54, J. Hughes 16-9, Z. Duke 6-4, R. Iglesias 34-18, A. Garrett 4-3, D. Hernandez 16-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Castillo 5-4, J. Hughes 1-0, Z. Duke 1-1, R. Iglesias 1-2, D. Hernandez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - L. Castillo 22, J. Hughes 5, Z. Duke 2, R. Iglesias 7, A. Garrett, D. Hernandez 2
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Cabrera RF40000012.000.000.000.000-0.5
P. Reyes RF00000100.0001.000.0001.0001.0
C. Dickerson LF41111115.250.4001.0001.4006.5
J. Bell 1B41100021.250.250.250.5001.0
F. Cervelli C41100010.250.250.250.5001.5
J. Kang 3B30120120.333.500.333.8333.0
J. Shuck CF20000211.000.500.000.5001.5
E. Gonzalez SS40100003.250.250.250.5001.0
J. Taillon P20000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
R. Rodriguez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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K. Newman PR00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-walked for Burdi in the 9th
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J. Winker LF30000110.000.250.000.2500.5
M. Lorenzen PR-CF00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Votto 1B40100001.250.250.500.7502.0
Y. Puig RF40000023.000.000.000.000-1.0
E. Suarez 3B30000103.000.250.000.2500.0
S. Schebler CF-LF40000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
J. Peraza 2B42211010.500.5001.2501.7507.5
T. Barnhart C31100111.333.500.333.8332.5
J. Iglesias SS31210001.667.6671.3332.0006.0
L. Castillo P20000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
J. Hughes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
Z. Duke P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- D. Dietrich PH111310001.0001.0004.0005.0008.0
R. Iglesias P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Garrett P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Hernandez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-homered for Duke in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - C. Dickerson
  • SH - J. Taillon
  • RBI - C. Dickerson, J. Kang 2 (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Kang 2 (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Dickerson 5 (5), J. Bell, J. Shuck, E. Gonzalez 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Votto, J. Iglesias 2 (2)
  • HR - J. Peraza, D. Dietrich
  • RBI - J. Peraza, J. Iglesias, D. Dietrich 3 (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Iglesias
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Suarez 3 (3), J. Iglesias, L. Castillo
BASERUNNING
  • CS - E. Suarez
FIELDING
  • E - J. Bell
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Taillon (L, 0-1)6.06442416.001.333.0
R. Rodriguez1.01111119.002.000.5
N. Burdi1.00000300.000.004.5
Total8.0755382---
PITCHERSIP
J. Taillon (L, 0-1)6.0
R. Rodriguez1.0
N. Burdi1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Castillo5.22113801.590.8813.0
J. Hughes (BS, 1)0.221111013.504.50-3.5
Z. Duke (W, 1-0)0.20000000.000.007.0
R. Iglesias (H, 1)1.11112116.752.25-0.5
A. Garrett (H, 1)0.10000100.000.000.5
D. Hernandez (S, 1)0.10001000.003.006.0
Total9.05337111---
PITCHERSIP
L. Castillo5.2
J. Hughes (BS, 1)0.2
Z. Duke (W, 1-0)0.2
R. Iglesias (H, 1)1.1
A. Garrett (H, 1)0.1
D. Hernandez (S, 1)0.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - R. Rodriguez
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 83-60, R. Rodriguez 18-11, N. Burdi 14-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 7-7
  • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 26, R. Rodriguez 5, N. Burdi 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Castillo 91-54, J. Hughes 16-9, Z. Duke 6-4, R. Iglesias 34-18, A. Garrett 4-3, D. Hernandez 16-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Castillo 5-4, J. Hughes 1-0, Z. Duke 1-1, R. Iglesias 1-2, D. Hernandez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - L. Castillo 22, J. Hughes 5, Z. Duke 2, R. Iglesias 7, A. Garrett, D. Hernandez 2
  • 8TH INNING
    Dickerson homered to right center35
  • 7TH INNING
    Dietrich homered to right center, Barnhart and Iglesias scored25
    Peraza homered to left center22
  • 6TH INNING
    Kang singled to left, Bell and Cervelli scored, Kang to second21
  • 2ND INNING
    Iglesias doubled to deep left, Peraza scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • R. Iglesias Pitching:
    • J. Shuck: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Shuck walked
    • E. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Gonzalez popped out to second
    • Colin Moran hit for Nick Burdi
    • C. Moran: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moran walked, Shuck to second
    • Kevin Newman ran for Colin Moran
    • Amir Garrett relieved Raisel Iglesias
    • A. Frazier: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Frazier struck out looking
    • David Hernandez relieved Amir Garrett
    • P. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reyes walked, Shuck to third, Newman to second
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Dickerson grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Raisel Iglesias pitching
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Dickerson homered to right center
    • J. Bell: Ball, Foul, Foul, Bell flied out to shallow left
    • F. Cervelli: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cervelli grounded out to third
    • J. Kang: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kang struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Nick Burdi relieved Richard Rodriguez
    • S. Schebler: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Schebler struck out swinging
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Peraza struck out swinging
    • T. Barnhart: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Barnhart struck out looking
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Hughes Pitching:
    • J. Taillon: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Taillon struck out looking
    • Zach Duke relieved Jared Hughes
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Frazier flied out to left
    • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Pablo Reyes in right field
    • J. Peraza: Peraza homered to left center
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Barnhart walked
    • J. Iglesias: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Iglesias doubled to deep left, Barnhart to third
    • Derek Dietrich hit for Zach Duke
    • Richard Rodriguez relieved Jameson Taillon
    • D. Dietrich: Foul, Ball, Ball, Dietrich homered to right center, Barnhart and Iglesias scored
    • J. Winker: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Winker walked
    • Michael Lorenzen ran for Jesse Winker
    • J. Votto: Foul, Votto flied out to left
    • Y. Puig: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Puig struck out swinging, Lorenzen to second on wild pitch
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Strike swinging, Suarez lined out to left
    • End of the 7th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • M. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to first
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bell singled to right
    • Jared Hughes relieved Luis Castillo
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Cervelli singled to left, Bell to second
    • J. Kang: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kang singled to left, Bell and Cervelli scored, Kang to second
    • J. Shuck: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Shuck walked
    • E. Gonzalez: Gonzalez grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • Y. Puig: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Puig flied out to center
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Suarez walked
    • S. Schebler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Suarez caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop, Schebler lined out to first
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • E. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gonzalez grounded out to third
    • J. Taillon: Strike looking, Foul, Taillon grounded out to third
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • L. Castillo: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Castillo struck out swinging
    • J. Winker: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Winker struck out swinging
    • J. Votto: Votto grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cervelli struck out swinging
    • J. Kang: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kang walked
    • J. Shuck: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Shuck struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • S. Schebler: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Schebler struck out swinging
    • J. Peraza: Foul, Ball, Peraza lined out to left
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Strike looking, Barnhart reached on an infield single to second
    • J. Iglesias: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Iglesias grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • E. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez singled to center
    • J. Taillon: Pickoff attempt, Taillon hit sacrifice bunt to first, Gonzalez to second
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Frazier walked
    • M. Cabrera: Foul, Cabrera flied out to left
    • C. Dickerson: Dickerson popped out to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • J. Winker: Strike looking, Winker lined out to shortstop
    • J. Votto: Votto safe at first on 1st baseman Bell fielding error
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Puig grounded out to first
    • E. Suarez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Suarez grounded into fielder's choice to third, Votto out at second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 2ND INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cervelli flied out to center
    • J. Kang: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kang struck out swinging
    • J. Shuck: Ball, Strike looking, Shuck lined out to center
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • S. Schebler: Schebler grounded out to second
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Peraza singled to left
    • T. Barnhart: Strike looking, Barnhart lined out to left
    • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Iglesias doubled to deep left, Peraza scored
    • L. Castillo: Castillo grounded out to third
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Frazier grounded out to first
    • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dickerson walked
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Bell struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • J. Winker: Winker lined out to left
    • J. Votto: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Votto doubled to deep right center
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Puig struck out swinging
    • E. Suarez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Suarez popped out to second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)