Musgrove outduels Gray, Pirates hand Reds 3rd shutout in row

PITTSBURGH (AP) Whatever chance the Pittsburgh Pirates have of elbowing their way into the conversation in the NL Central hinges largely on their starting rotation living up to the hype.

A week in, all that talk looks legit. Playing the struggling Cincinnati Reds helps.

Joe Musgrove allowed three hits in seven efficient innings and the Pirates handed the Reds their third straight shutout with a 2-0 victory on Friday night. Musgrove struck out eight and didn't walk a batter in his first start, matching and in some aspects outdoing fellow starters Jameson Taillon, Chris Archer, Jordan Lyles and Trevor Williams.

Musgrove watched the other four members of the rotation throw gem after gem during their respective first turns through and couldn't wait for his opportunity. When it came, he delivered, dropping the combined ERA of Pittsburgh's rotation to 1.25 through six games in the process.

''It fires me up,'' Musgrove said. ''I think we all feed off each other. We're competing in a sense of wanting to go out and top each other's outings. Everyone is pulling for each other and this is what we expect of each other every fifth day out there.''

Musgrove and two relievers didn't allow a runner to reach third base while sending Cincinnati to its sixth consecutive loss. The Reds have managed just six runs during their slide, and none since Eugenio Suarez's solo home run in the eighth inning against Milwaukee on Tuesday.

Cincinnati's scoreless streak reached 28 innings when Felipe Vazquez retired Yaisel Puig to end it, the longest drought by the Reds since they went 30 innings without crossing the plate from Aug. 5-8, 2015. The Reds are hitting just .157 as a team after a pair of blankings at PNC Park.

''It's always disappointing when you don't win, but there's only one thing to do and that's to focus on staying with it and continuing to work hard, which they all are doing,'' rookie Cincinnati manager David Bell said.

Jung Ho Kang broke a scoreless tie in the seventh when he lined a double into the left-field corner off Sonny Gray (0-2), allowing 6-foot-4, 240-pound Josh Bell to chug all the way around from first.

''In that situation, the way that the game is going, I think everyone in the stadium knows he's going to send me there,'' Bell said. ''Jung Ho put it in the right spot. I was able to keep my footwork clean around the bases.''

Adam Frazier added an RBI double in the eighth off Reds reliever Zach Duke. Vazquez worked a perfect ninth for his second save.

GRAY BOUNCES BACK

Gray dazzled in his second start for Cincinnati, retiring 16 straight at one point and striking out seven without a walk in 6 2/3 innings. His performance dropped the Reds' starters ERA to 2.16, a bright spot in Cincinnati's otherwise bumpy opening week.

''I was fine,'' Gray said. ''I couldn't command the ball my last start. This start, I could command it a little bit better. I want to go after guys.''

Gray arrived in January as part of Cincinnati's offseason overhaul, an effort by the club to climb back into contention after four straight last-place finishes. His initial start for the Reds was forgettable. He lasted just 2 2/3 innings in a loss to the Pirates last Sunday, needing 71 pitches to record eight outs.

Things were far different five days later at chilly PNC Park.

Mixing speed and location effectively, Gray allowed a single to Francisco Cervelli with two outs in the first but Pittsburgh didn't get another runner on base until Starling Marte led off the seventh with a single. His lone mistake came on a curveball that Kang dumped into the corner of spacious left field, giving Bell enough time to go 270 feet.

David Bell called Gray's outing ''a great step.''

''He was much more comfortable today than he was the first time out,'' Bell said. ''We know that he battled that day too. It's never easy, but I think it was a little bit easier for him tonight with the stuff that he had.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: RHP Kyle Crick was placed on the 10-day injured list with tightness in his right triceps. Pittsburgh called up OF Jason Martin to take Crick's roster spot.

UP NEXT

Reds: Tanner Roark (0-1, 6.23 ERA) makes his second start for the Reds on Saturday. Roark, acquired in an offseason trade with Washington, allowed three runs in 4 1/3 innings in a loss to Milwaukee last Monday.

Pirates: Trevor Williams (1-0, 0.00) will look to back up the six shutout innings he tossed last Sunday against Cincinnati when he makes his second start of the season.

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  • W: J. Musgrove (1-0)L: S. Gray (0-2)S: F. Vazquez (2)
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J. Peraza 2B30000002.227.227.364.5910.0
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  • b-grounded out for Garrett in the 8th
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  • a-struck out for Moran in the 7th
  • b-lined out for Kela in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Votto (3), E. Suarez (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Votto, J. Peraza, T. Barnhart
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Frazier (3), J. Kang (2)
  • SH - E. Gonzalez
  • RBI - A. Frazier (2), J. Kang (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Kang (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Cervelli 2 (2), J. Bell, P. Reyes
BASERUNNING
  • CS - J. Iglesias
BASERUNNING
  • SB - S. Marte (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Frazier-Gonzalez)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Gray (L, 0-2)6.23110702.891.2915.5
A. Garrett0.10000100.001.200.5
D. Hernandez0.11110007.712.14-2.0
Z. Duke0.01000007.711.29-1.0
J. Hughes0.20000002.701.800.0
PITCHERSIP
S. Gray (L, 0-2)6.2
A. Garrett0.1
D. Hernandez0.1
Z. Duke0.0
J. Hughes0.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Musgrove (W, 1-0)7.03001800.000.4431.0
K. Kela (H, 2)1.00000005.401.203.0
F. Vazquez (S, 2)1.00000200.001.0011.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Musgrove (W, 1-0)7.0
K. Kela (H, 2)1.0
F. Vazquez (S, 2)1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - S. Gray, A. Garrett
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gray 83-50, A. Garrett 4-3, D. Hernandez 6-5, Z. Duke 2-2, J. Hughes 8-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gray 7-6, D. Hernandez 1-1, J. Hughes 1-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Gray 23, A. Garrett, D. Hernandez 3, Z. Duke, J. Hughes 2
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Musgrove
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Musgrove 88-63, K. Kela 12-9, F. Vazquez 11-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Musgrove 5-6, K. Kela 3-0, F. Vazquez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Musgrove 24, K. Kela 3, F. Vazquez 3
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Y. Puig RF40000011.125.192.167.359-0.5
E. Suarez 3B20100110.227.370.455.8252.5
M. Kemp LF30000022.063.063.063.125-1.0
J. Peraza 2B30000002.227.227.364.5910.0
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J. Iglesias SS30100010.313.389.500.889-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Winker in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for Garrett in the 8th
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J. Bell 1B31000012.190.280.190.4700.5
J. Kang 3B30110000.200.304.450.7543.0
C. Moran LF20000020.429.6361.0001.636-1.0
a- P. Reyes PH-RF10000011.000.125.000.125-0.5
J. Shuck RF-LF31100010.231.444.231.6751.5
E. Gonzalez SS20000000.158.238.263.5010.0
J. Musgrove P20000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
K. Kela P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- M. Cabrera PH10000002.400.438.467.9040.0
F. Vazquez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Moran in the 7th
  • b-lined out for Kela in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Votto (3), E. Suarez (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Votto, J. Peraza, T. Barnhart
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Frazier (3), J. Kang (2)
  • SH - E. Gonzalez
  • RBI - A. Frazier (2), J. Kang (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Kang (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Cervelli 2 (2), J. Bell, P. Reyes
BASERUNNING
  • CS - J. Iglesias
BASERUNNING
  • SB - S. Marte (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Frazier-Gonzalez)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Gray (L, 0-2)6.23110702.891.2915.5
A. Garrett0.10000100.001.200.5
D. Hernandez0.11110007.712.14-2.0
Z. Duke0.01000007.711.29-1.0
J. Hughes0.20000002.701.800.0
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PITCHERSIP
S. Gray (L, 0-2)6.2
A. Garrett0.1
D. Hernandez0.1
Z. Duke0.0
J. Hughes0.2
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Musgrove (W, 1-0)7.03001800.000.4431.0
K. Kela (H, 2)1.00000005.401.203.0
F. Vazquez (S, 2)1.00000200.001.0011.0
Total9.03001100---
PITCHERSIP
J. Musgrove (W, 1-0)7.0
K. Kela (H, 2)1.0
F. Vazquez (S, 2)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - S. Gray, A. Garrett
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gray 83-50, A. Garrett 4-3, D. Hernandez 6-5, Z. Duke 2-2, J. Hughes 8-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gray 7-6, D. Hernandez 1-1, J. Hughes 1-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Gray 23, A. Garrett, D. Hernandez 3, Z. Duke, J. Hughes 2
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Musgrove
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Musgrove 88-63, K. Kela 12-9, F. Vazquez 11-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Musgrove 5-6, K. Kela 3-0, F. Vazquez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Musgrove 24, K. Kela 3, F. Vazquez 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Frazier doubled to left, Shuck scored, Gonzalez to third02
  • 7TH INNING
    Kang doubled to deep left, Bell scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Felipe Vazquez pitching
    • Curt Casali hit for Jesse Winker
    • C. Casali: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Casali struck out swinging
    • J. Votto: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Votto struck out swinging
    • Y. Puig: Strike swinging, Puig grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Keone Kela relieved Joe Musgrove
    • T. Barnhart: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Barnhart grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Iglesias: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Iglesias grounded out to third
    • Scott Schebler hit for Amir Garrett
    • S. Schebler: Foul, Foul, Ball, Schebler grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • David Hernandez pitching
    • J. Shuck: Strike looking, Ball, Shuck reached on bunt single to pitcher
    • E. Gonzalez: Gonzalez hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Shuck to second
    • Melky Cabrera hit for Keone Kela
    • M. Cabrera: Foul, Cabrera lined out to center
    • Zach Duke relieved David Hernandez
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Frazier doubled to left, Shuck scored, Gonzalez to third
    • Jared Hughes relieved Zach Duke
    • S. Marte: Foul, Ball, Foul, Marte reached on fielder's choice to third, Gonzalez out at home, Frazier to third
    • F. Cervelli: Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Ball, Marte stole second, Cervelli flied out to center
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Suarez struck out swinging
    • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Ball, Peraza flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Gray Pitching:
    • S. Marte: Marte singled to left
    • F. Cervelli: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Marte to second on wild pitch, Cervelli grounded out to shortstop, Marte to third
    • J. Bell: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bell reached on fielder's choice to second, Marte out at home
    • J. Kang: Kang doubled to deep left, Bell scored
    • Amir Garrett relieved Sonny Gray
    • Pablo Reyes hit for Colin Moran
    • P. Reyes: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Kang to third on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • J. Winker: Winker lined out to right
    • J. Votto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Votto grounded out to third
    • Y. Puig: Strike looking, Puig grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Gray Pitching:
    • E. Gonzalez: Gonzalez grounded out to first
    • J. Musgrove: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Musgrove struck out swinging
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Frazier grounded out to first
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • T. Barnhart: Strike looking, Ball, Barnhart grounded out to first
    • J. Iglesias: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Iglesias singled to left
    • S. Gray: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Iglesias picked off at second, pitcher to first to shortstop to catcher to second, Foul, Strike swinging, Gray struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Gray Pitching:
    • J. Kang: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Kang grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Moran: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Moran struck out swinging
    • J. Shuck: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Shuck struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • Y. Puig: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Puig struck out swinging
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Suarez walked
    • M. Kemp: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Kemp grounded out to third, Suarez to second
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Peraza popped out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Gray Pitching:
    • S. Marte: Ball, Marte flied out to deep center
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cervelli flied out to deep right
    • J. Bell: Bell lined out to second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Iglesias struck out swinging
    • S. Gray: Gray grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Winker: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Winker hit by pitch
    • J. Votto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Votto flied out to center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Gray Pitching:
    • E. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Musgrove: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Musgrove struck out swinging
    • A. Frazier: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Frazier struck out looking
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Suarez doubled to deep left
    • M. Kemp: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
    • J. Peraza: Strike swinging, Peraza flied out to deep right, Suarez to third
    • T. Barnhart: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Barnhart struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Gray Pitching:
    • J. Kang: Kang flied out to deep center
    • C. Moran: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Moran struck out swinging
    • J. Shuck: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Shuck flied out to center
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • J. Winker: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Winker struck out swinging
    • J. Votto: Votto doubled to deep right center
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Strike swinging, Puig lined out to second, Votto out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Gray Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Frazier lined out to left
    • S. Marte: Strike swinging, Ball, Marte grounded out to third
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Ball, Cervelli singled to right
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)