Lyles, Pirates bullpen combine to blank Reds 2-0

PITTSBURGH (AP) Jordan Lyles became the latest Pittsburgh starter to open the season with a stellar effort.

Lyles threw five effective innings in his Pirates debut, a 2-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night.

Lyles, who played for San Diego and Milwaukee last year, allowed three hits, walked three and struck out two. He was activated from the injured list before the game after being out with discomfort on his right side.

''It's a good start to get things going,'' he said. ''Five innings, not thrilled about that. . Going forward, definitely going to look for going deeper into games, but overall, not complaining about some scoreless innings.''

Through five games, the Pirates starting pitchers have allowed an MLB-low five runs and hold a 1.55 ERA.

Despite extraordinary starting pitching, the Pirates improved to just 2-3 this year. The Pirates' bullpen blew back-to-back saves in two games against St. Louis and had a 5.79 ERA entering play Thursday.

But Nick Kingham, Richard Rodriguez and Felipe Vazquez combined for four scoreless innings as the Pirates recorded their second shutout of the season.

Kingham (1-0) pitched two innings of relief, conceding two hits and striking out two. Rodriguez bounced back with a shutout inning after being scored upon in his first two outings of the season.

Vazquez escaped a two-on, one-out jam in the ninth to earn his first save of the season by striking out three.

''It was well-executed game plan by our pitchers and they all deserve some credit,'' manager Clint Hurdle said.

With one out in the seventh, Melky Cabrera singled and was replaced by pinch-runner Pablo Reyes. A single and Kevin Newman's infield dribbler back to pitcher David Hernandez (0-1) made it 1-0. Cabrera finished with three hits.

Reds starter Tyler Mahle threw six scoreless innings in his season debut. He allowed five hits and struck out five without a walk.

Josh Bell singled home Starling Marte with an insurance run in the eighth.

POWER OUTAGE

Both of the Pirates shutouts have come against Cincinnati, and the Reds have been blanked three times in total on the season, including two straight games as they lost 1-0 to Milwaukee on Wednesday.

They managed six hits against the four Pittsburgh pitchers and went 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position. The Reds are hitting an NL-worst .169.

''We had some good at-bats. We hit the ball hard. So we're going to focus on that,'' manager David Bell said. ''It's going to turn. We just really need to stay confident. The great thing is that our pitching is doing a great job. Tyler Mahle was outstanding tonight. If we continue to do that, we believe everything's going to turn around.''

Center fielder Scott Schebler, who went 1 for 3 with a double and a walk, agreed with his manager's assessment.

''This is not a team that gets shut out very often, at least in the past it has not been,'' he said. ''I feel like we're getting a little unlucky on some hard-hit balls and we're just not stringing anything together.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: LF Corey Dickerson was put on the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder sprain.

UP NEXT

Reds: RHP Sonny Gray (0-1, 6.75 ERA) will make his second straight start against Pittsburgh on Friday. Gray lasted just 2 2/3 innings and allowed three runs against the Pirates in Cincinnati on Sunday.

Pirates: RHP Joe Musgrove (0-0, 0.00) will make his first start and second appearance of the season. He pitched two scoreless innings of relief against the Reds on Sunday.

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  • W: N. Kingham (1-0)L: D. Hernandez (0-1)S: F. Vazquez (1)
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J. Peraza 2B40100001.263.263.421.6841.0
T. Barnhart C30200002.375.474.438.9113.0
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  • a-struck out for Winker in the 9th
  • b-struck out (wild pitch) for Barnhart in the 9th
  • c-flied out for Mahle in the 7th
  • d-struck out for Lorenzen in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Frazier 2B40100000.318.400.409.8093.0
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F. Cervelli C40100011.211.348.211.5580.5
J. Bell 1B40210001.222.318.222.5403.0
J. Kang 3B40000023.176.300.412.712-1.0
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  • a-grounded out for Kingham in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Schebler, T. Barnhart, J. Iglesias (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Winker, K. Farmer 2 (2), J. Votto, E. Suarez, S. Schebler, J. Peraza, T. Mahle 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Marte (2)
  • RBI - J. Bell (4), K. Newman
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Marte, J. Bell, M. Cabrera, J. Shuck, C. Moran
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Frazier (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - J. Winker
  • DP - (Suarez-Peraza-Votto)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Kang-Newman-Bell)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Mahle6.05000500.000.8318.5
D. Hernandez (L, 0-1)0.22110004.502.00-8.0
W. Peralta0.20000000.001.130.0
M. Lorenzen0.23110005.402.40-4.0
PITCHERSIP
T. Mahle6.0
D. Hernandez (L, 0-1)0.2
W. Peralta0.2
M. Lorenzen0.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Lyles5.03003200.001.2010.0
N. Kingham (W, 1-0)2.02000200.001.2912.0
R. Rodriguez (H, 1)1.000011013.502.502.5
F. Vazquez (S, 1)1.01000300.001.3310.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Lyles5.0
N. Kingham (W, 1-0)2.0
R. Rodriguez (H, 1)1.0
F. Vazquez (S, 1)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Mahle 78-53, D. Hernandez 16-11, W. Peralta 8-5, M. Lorenzen 14-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Mahle 6-6, D. Hernandez 1-1, W. Peralta 1-1, M. Lorenzen 1-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Mahle 22, D. Hernandez 4, W. Peralta 2, M. Lorenzen 4
PITCHING
  • WP - F. Vazquez (2)
  • IBB - J. Lyles
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lyles 80-48, N. Kingham 30-21, R. Rodriguez 15-9, F. Vazquez 18-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lyles 6-6, N. Kingham 1-3, R. Rodriguez 1-1, F. Vazquez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Lyles 20, N. Kingham 8, R. Rodriguez 4, F. Vazquez 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Votto 1B30000111.190.320.286.6060.5
Y. Puig RF40000001.150.227.200.4270.0
E. Suarez 3B30000111.200.333.400.7330.5
S. Schebler CF30100111.050.174.100.2742.5
J. Peraza 2B40100001.263.263.421.6841.0
T. Barnhart C30200002.375.474.438.9113.0
b- M. Kemp PH10000010.077.077.077.154-0.5
J. Iglesias SS30100111.308.400.538.9382.5
T. Mahle P20000012.000.000.000.000-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Winker in the 9th
  • b-struck out (wild pitch) for Barnhart in the 9th
  • c-flied out for Mahle in the 7th
  • d-struck out for Lorenzen in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Frazier 2B40100000.318.400.409.8093.0
S. Marte CF41200011.222.300.333.6333.5
F. Cervelli C40100011.211.348.211.5580.5
J. Bell 1B40210001.222.318.222.5403.0
J. Kang 3B40000023.176.300.412.712-1.0
M. Cabrera RF30300000.429.467.500.9673.0
P. Reyes PR-RF01000000.000.143.000.1431.0
J. Shuck LF30100001.200.467.200.6671.0
K. Newman SS30010001.000.000.000.0001.0
J. Lyles P20000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
N. Kingham P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- C. Moran PH10000001.600.7781.4002.1780.0
R. Rodriguez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
F. Vazquez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-grounded out for Kingham in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Schebler, T. Barnhart, J. Iglesias (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Winker, K. Farmer 2 (2), J. Votto, E. Suarez, S. Schebler, J. Peraza, T. Mahle 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Marte (2)
  • RBI - J. Bell (4), K. Newman
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Marte, J. Bell, M. Cabrera, J. Shuck, C. Moran
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Frazier (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - J. Winker
  • DP - (Suarez-Peraza-Votto)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Kang-Newman-Bell)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Mahle6.05000500.000.8318.5
D. Hernandez (L, 0-1)0.22110004.502.00-8.0
W. Peralta0.20000000.001.130.0
M. Lorenzen0.23110005.402.40-4.0
Total8.01022050---
PITCHERSIP
T. Mahle6.0
D. Hernandez (L, 0-1)0.2
W. Peralta0.2
M. Lorenzen0.2
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Lyles5.03003200.001.2010.0
N. Kingham (W, 1-0)2.02000200.001.2912.0
R. Rodriguez (H, 1)1.000011013.502.502.5
F. Vazquez (S, 1)1.01000300.001.3310.5
Total9.0600480---
PITCHERSIP
J. Lyles5.0
N. Kingham (W, 1-0)2.0
R. Rodriguez (H, 1)1.0
F. Vazquez (S, 1)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Mahle 78-53, D. Hernandez 16-11, W. Peralta 8-5, M. Lorenzen 14-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Mahle 6-6, D. Hernandez 1-1, W. Peralta 1-1, M. Lorenzen 1-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Mahle 22, D. Hernandez 4, W. Peralta 2, M. Lorenzen 4
PITCHING
  • WP - F. Vazquez (2)
  • IBB - J. Lyles
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lyles 80-48, N. Kingham 30-21, R. Rodriguez 15-9, F. Vazquez 18-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lyles 6-6, N. Kingham 1-3, R. Rodriguez 1-1, F. Vazquez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Lyles 20, N. Kingham 8, R. Rodriguez 4, F. Vazquez 5
  • 8TH INNING
    Bell singled to right, Marte scored, Cervelli to second02
  • 7TH INNING
    Newman grounded out to first, Reyes scored, Shuck to second01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Felipe Vazquez relieved Richard Rodriguez
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Peraza grounded out to third
    • Matt Kemp hit for Tucker Barnhart
    • M. Kemp: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Kemp struck out, reached on wild pitch
    • J. Iglesias: Ball, Foul, Iglesias doubled to deep right center, Kemp to third
    • Curt Casali hit for Michael Lorenzen
    • C. Casali: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Casali struck out looking
    • Kyle Farmer hit for Jesse Winker
    • K. Farmer: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Farmer struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Richard Rodriguez pitching
    • J. Votto: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Votto flied out to center
    • Y. Puig: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Puig grounded out to third
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Suarez walked
    • S. Schebler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Schebler struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. Peralta Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Frazier lined out to right
    • Michael Lorenzen relieved Wandy Peralta
    • S. Marte: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Marte singled to right
    • F. Cervelli: Pickoff attempt, Cervelli singled to center, Marte to third
    • J. Bell: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Bell singled to right, Marte scored, Cervelli to second
    • J. Kang: Ball, Ball, Ball, Kang grounded out to second, Bell out at second
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • N. Kingham Pitching:
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Barnhart singled to right center
    • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Iglesias struck out swinging
    • Derek Dietrich hit for Tyler Mahle
    • D. Dietrich: Strike swinging, Dietrich flied out to left
    • J. Winker: Winker grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • David Hernandez pitching
    • J. Kang: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kang popped out to second
    • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Cabrera singled to deep center
    • Pablo Reyes ran for Melky Cabrera
    • J. Shuck: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Shuck singled to right, Reyes to third
    • K. Newman: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Newman grounded out to first, Reyes scored, Shuck to second
    • Colin Moran hit for Nick Kingham
    • Wandy Peralta relieved David Hernandez
    • C. Moran: Ball, Foul, Moran grounded out to second
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Nick Kingham relieved Jordan Lyles
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Puig flied out to left
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Suarez struck out looking
    • S. Schebler: Strike looking, Ball, Schebler doubled to deep right
    • J. Peraza: Peraza flied out to right
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Mahle Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Frazier lined out to center
    • S. Marte: Foul, Marte doubled to deep left
    • F. Cervelli: Cervelli flied out to right
    • J. Bell: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bell flied out to center
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Lyles Pitching:
    • J. Iglesias: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Iglesias lined out to first
    • T. Mahle: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Mahle grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Winker: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Winker singled to center
    • J. Votto: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Votto struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Mahle Pitching:
    • J. Shuck: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Shuck grounded out to first
    • K. Newman: Ball, Ball, Newman lined out to left
    • J. Lyles: Strike looking, Lyles grounded out to third
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Lyles Pitching:
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Suarez grounded out to shortstop
    • S. Schebler: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Schebler walked
    • J. Peraza: Foul, Foul, Peraza singled to center, Schebler to second
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Strike looking, Barnhart grounded out to shortstop, Peraza out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Mahle Pitching:
    • F. Cervelli: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Cervelli struck out swinging
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bell singled to center
    • J. Kang: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kang struck out swinging
    • M. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera singled to left, Bell to third, Cabrera out at second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Lyles Pitching:
    • J. Winker: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Winker flied out to center
    • J. Votto: Votto flied out to deep left
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Ball, Ball, Puig flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Mahle Pitching:
    • K. Newman: Strike looking, Ball, Newman flied out to right
    • J. Lyles: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Lyles struck out swinging
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Frazier singled to left
    • S. Marte: Foul, Foul, Frazier stole second, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Lyles Pitching:
    • S. Schebler: Foul, Strike swinging, Schebler flied out to left
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Peraza lined out to left
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Barnhart doubled to deep center
    • J. Iglesias: Iglesias intentionally walked
    • T. Mahle: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mahle struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Mahle Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bell grounded out to third
    • J. Kang: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Kang struck out looking
    • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • J. Shuck: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Shuck fouled out to left
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Lyles Pitching:
    • J. Winker: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Winker grounded out to second
    • J. Votto: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Votto walked
    • Y. Puig: Foul, Ball, Puig reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Votto out at second
    • E. Suarez: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Suarez grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Mahle Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Frazier grounded out to shortstop
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Marte grounded out to shortstop
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Cervelli grounded out to third
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)