Josh Bell homers again, Pirates beat Reds 7-2 for split

CINCINNATI (AP) Josh Bell is finishing off one of the best power-hitting months in Pirates history.

The switch-hitting first baseman tied the club record with his 12th homer in May , and Pittsburgh beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-2 Wednesday for a split of their four-game series that ended with more bruised feelings.

Bell's three-run homer gave him 18 overall and equaled Jason Bay's mark of 12 in May 2006. His 23rd extra-base hit in the month left him one shy of Paul Waner's club record for any month.

Bell also had a pair of singles, raising his average to .345 and extending his hitting streak to nine games. He's hit safely in 28 of the last 29 games.

''It's been one of the most special starts I've seen in all the years I've been at the major league level, and I've seen some really good players,'' manager Clint Hurdle said.

The Pirates already had starters Trevor Williams and Jameson Taillon on the injured list heading into the series, and Jordan Lyles had to leave Tuesday night after only four innings because of discomfort in his left hamstring. Bell was the constant, going 7 for 17 during the series with two homers.

''He's seeing everything so well, it's a joke,'' left-hander Steven Brault said. ''He's going to hit something hard.''

The series wrapped up with another tense moment between the Ohio River rivals. Reds manager David Bell was ejected by umpire Jeff Nelson in the eighth for a heated discussion with the umpire crew after Eugenio Suarez was hit by a pitch.

Pittsburgh's Clay Holmes got Suarez on the back of the left hand with a fastball. Suarez walked toward the mound and exchanged words with Holmes , but players stayed in the dugouts. Suarez left the game for X-rays that were negative. Bell continued arguing.

''Clearly, we're not going to be protected by the umpires,'' said Bell, who's been ejected four times this season. ''Clearly, they think it's OK to let them throw at our hitters. The league seems to think it's OK.''

Last season, a pitch by Taillon broke Suarez's right thumb, causing him to miss 16 games.

''I just wanted to let them know I don't like that up-and-in,'' Suarez said. ''Last year they hurt my thumb. I wanted to know why he hit me. They said it wasn't intentional.''

Colin Moran also had a three-run shot off Anthony DeSclafani (2-3), who has given up seven homers in his last three starts.

Brault (2-1) allowed three singles in 5 1/3 innings, his latest shutdown performance against the Reds. Brault is 4-0 career against Cincinnati with a 1.03 ERA and a scoreless streak of 19 2/3 innings.

His biggest task was stopping Derek Dietrich, who homered three times during an 11-6 win Tuesday night. Seven of Dietrich's 17 homers this season are against the Pirates, including one he admired last month at PNC Park that upset the Pirates and led to a benches-clearing fracas. Dietrich was limited to a pair of singles.

BRAGGING RIGHTS

The Pirates are 7-3 against the Reds this season, including 3-3 at Great American Ball Park.

EXTRA, EXTRA

Waner set the club record for extra-base hits in a month by piling up 24 in June of 1927 and again in August of 1928.

HERE COMES THE SUN

The start of the game was delayed 2 hours, 13 minutes because of rain. The delay didn't bother the Pirates, who matched their season high with 15 hits.

''It was a good day,'' Hurdle said. ''The sun came out, the bats showed up.''

SMOOTH START

Brault retired the side in order to open the game, the first time a Pirates had a clean first inning since May 19.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: Williams has resumed throwing off a mound. He's been sidelined since May 17 with a strained right side. Taillon hasn't resumed throwing. He's been on the injured list since May 4 with a strained elbow. ... Infielder Jung Ho Kang will play third base, shortstop and DH during his rehab assignment as he recovers from a strained left side. ... Catcher Francisco Cervelli will be examined Thursday as he recovers from a concussion.

Reds: Joey Votto missed a third straight game with tightness in his right hamstring. He was available to pinch hit.

UP NEXT

Pirates: Joe Musgrove (3-5) faces Milwaukee's Chase Anderson (2-0) as Pittsburgh opens a four-game series at PNC Park.

Reds: Following a day off, Cincinnati opens a three-game weekend series against Washington at Great American Ball Park. Tyler Mahle (1-5) faces left-hander Patrick Corbin (5-2).

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  • W: S. Brault (2-1)L: A. DeSclafani (2-3)
  • HR: PIT - J. Bell (18), C. Moran (5), CIN - N. Senzel (4)
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B. Reynolds LF42210120.333.390.574.9645.0
S. Marte CF51200012.258.302.432.7342.5
J. Bell 1B52331001.345.409.7181.12811.0
M. Cabrera RF50100024.323.360.439.7980.0
C. Moran 3B51131003.263.315.416.7318.0
E. Diaz C40200000.265.295.301.5972.0
K. Newman SS30200001.347.410.493.9032.0
F. Liriano P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
C. Holmes P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
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R. Rodriguez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Tucker SS21200000.170.210.280.4904.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    N. Senzel CF51211003.271.345.458.8027.0
    E. Suarez 3B20000111.279.361.552.9131.5
    T. Mahle PR01000000.067.067.133.2001.0
    R. Iglesias P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    a- T. Barnhart PH10000000.197.292.339.6300.0
    J. Iglesias SS40000013.306.339.444.783-0.5
    Y. Puig RF20000211.218.264.394.6581.5
    D. Dietrich 1B40210022.262.368.7131.0812.0
    C. Casali C40100014.275.337.388.7250.5
    J. Winker LF40000013.239.313.455.767-0.5
    J. Peraza 2B40100000.199.260.321.5811.0
    A. DeSclafani P10000000.176.176.176.3530.0
    M. Lorenzen P0000-000.125.222.250.000-
    b- J. VanMeter PH10100000.238.360.286.6461.0
    M. Bowman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    K. Farmer 3B10000000.221.260.485.7460.0
    • a-grounded out for Iglesias in the 9th
    • b-singled for Lorenzen in the 7th
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Tucker (5)
    • HR - J. Bell (18), C. Moran (5)
    • SH - A. Frazier (2), S. Brault (2)
    • RBI - B. Reynolds (17), J. Bell 3 (51), C. Moran 3 (26)
    • 2-Out RBI - C. Moran 3 (9)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Frazier 2 (2), J. Bell, C. Moran 2 (2), K. Newman, S. Brault 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • HR - N. Senzel (4)
    • SH - A. DeSclafani (2)
    • RBI - N. Senzel (11), D. Dietrich (36)
    • 2-Out RBI - N. Senzel (8)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Senzel 3 (3), D. Dietrich 2 (2), C. Casali 2 (2), J. Winker 2 (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Dietrich-Iglesias)
    • PB - C. Casali
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Brault (W, 2-1)5.13002505.871.6019.5
    R. Rodriguez (H, 8)0.10000105.061.500.5
    F. Liriano (H, 4)0.21000001.071.14-1.0
    C. Holmes2.23221114.151.460.5
    PITCHERSIP
    S. Brault (W, 2-1)5.1
    R. Rodriguez (H, 8)0.1
    F. Liriano (H, 4)0.2
    C. Holmes2.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. DeSclafani (L, 2-3)5.28331314.971.34-0.5
    M. Lorenzen1.14440013.641.48-5.0
    M. Bowman1.01000200.000.273.0
    R. Iglesias1.02000203.081.222.0
    PITCHERSIP
    A. DeSclafani (L, 2-3)5.2
    M. Lorenzen1.1
    M. Bowman1.0
    R. Iglesias1.0
    PITCHING
    • IBB - S. Brault
    • HBP - C. Holmes (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Brault 74-47, R. Rodriguez 4-3, F. Liriano 10-6, C. Holmes 46-26
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Brault 5-6, F. Liriano 1-1, C. Holmes 4-3
    • Batters Faced - S. Brault 21, R. Rodriguez, F. Liriano 3, C. Holmes 13
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. DeSclafani 95-63, M. Lorenzen 19-13, M. Bowman 17-13, R. Iglesias 17-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. DeSclafani 9-4, M. Lorenzen 3-1, M. Bowman 1-0
    • Batters Faced - A. DeSclafani 25, M. Lorenzen 8, M. Bowman 4, R. Iglesias 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    B. Reynolds LF42210120.333.390.574.9645.0
    S. Marte CF51200012.258.302.432.7342.5
    J. Bell 1B52331001.345.409.7181.12811.0
    M. Cabrera RF50100024.323.360.439.7980.0
    C. Moran 3B51131003.263.315.416.7318.0
    E. Diaz C40200000.265.295.301.5972.0
    K. Newman SS30200001.347.410.493.9032.0
    F. Liriano P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
    C. Holmes P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
    S. Brault P10000002.111.111.111.2220.0
    R. Rodriguez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    C. Tucker SS21200000.170.210.280.4904.0
    Total39715721715-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      N. Senzel CF51211003.271.345.458.8027.0
      E. Suarez 3B20000111.279.361.552.9131.5
      T. Mahle PR01000000.067.067.133.2001.0
      R. Iglesias P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      a- T. Barnhart PH10000000.197.292.339.6300.0
      J. Iglesias SS40000013.306.339.444.783-0.5
      Y. Puig RF20000211.218.264.394.6581.5
      D. Dietrich 1B40210022.262.368.7131.0812.0
      C. Casali C40100014.275.337.388.7250.5
      J. Winker LF40000013.239.313.455.767-0.5
      J. Peraza 2B40100000.199.260.321.5811.0
      A. DeSclafani P10000000.176.176.176.3530.0
      M. Lorenzen P0000-000.125.222.250.000-
      b- J. VanMeter PH10100000.238.360.286.6461.0
      M. Bowman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      K. Farmer 3B10000000.221.260.485.7460.0
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      • a-grounded out for Iglesias in the 9th
      • b-singled for Lorenzen in the 7th
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Tucker (5)
      • HR - J. Bell (18), C. Moran (5)
      • SH - A. Frazier (2), S. Brault (2)
      • RBI - B. Reynolds (17), J. Bell 3 (51), C. Moran 3 (26)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Moran 3 (9)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Frazier 2 (2), J. Bell, C. Moran 2 (2), K. Newman, S. Brault 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • HR - N. Senzel (4)
      • SH - A. DeSclafani (2)
      • RBI - N. Senzel (11), D. Dietrich (36)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Senzel (8)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Senzel 3 (3), D. Dietrich 2 (2), C. Casali 2 (2), J. Winker 2 (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Dietrich-Iglesias)
      • PB - C. Casali
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Brault (W, 2-1)5.13002505.871.6019.5
      R. Rodriguez (H, 8)0.10000105.061.500.5
      F. Liriano (H, 4)0.21000001.071.14-1.0
      C. Holmes2.23221114.151.460.5
      Total9.0722371---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Brault (W, 2-1)5.1
      R. Rodriguez (H, 8)0.1
      F. Liriano (H, 4)0.2
      C. Holmes2.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. DeSclafani (L, 2-3)5.28331314.971.34-0.5
      M. Lorenzen1.14440013.641.48-5.0
      M. Bowman1.01000200.000.273.0
      R. Iglesias1.02000203.081.222.0
      Total9.01577172---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. DeSclafani (L, 2-3)5.2
      M. Lorenzen1.1
      M. Bowman1.0
      R. Iglesias1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - S. Brault
      • HBP - C. Holmes (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Brault 74-47, R. Rodriguez 4-3, F. Liriano 10-6, C. Holmes 46-26
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Brault 5-6, F. Liriano 1-1, C. Holmes 4-3
      • Batters Faced - S. Brault 21, R. Rodriguez, F. Liriano 3, C. Holmes 13
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. DeSclafani 95-63, M. Lorenzen 19-13, M. Bowman 17-13, R. Iglesias 17-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. DeSclafani 9-4, M. Lorenzen 3-1, M. Bowman 1-0
      • Batters Faced - A. DeSclafani 25, M. Lorenzen 8, M. Bowman 4, R. Iglesias 5
      • 9TH INNING
        Senzel homered to left center72
      • 8TH INNING
        Dietrich singled to right, Mahle scored, Puig to third71
      • 7TH INNING
        Bell homered to left, Reynolds and Marte scored70
        Reynolds singled to left center, Tucker scored40
      • 6TH INNING
        Moran homered to left, Reynolds and Bell scored30
      • 9TH INNING
        • Kyle Farmer at third base
        • Raisel Iglesias pitching
        • B. Reynolds: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
        • S. Marte: Marte singled to left
        • J. Bell: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bell singled to left, Marte to second
        • M. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Marte to third, Bell to second on passed ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
        • C. Moran: Moran lined out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Cl. Holmes Pitching:
        • J. Peraza: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Peraza grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Farmer: Strike looking, Ball, Farmer lined out to right
        • N. Senzel: Ball, Foul, Ball, Senzel homered to left center
        • Tucker Barnhart hit for Raisel Iglesias
        • T. Barnhart: Strike looking, Ball, Barnhart grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Matt Bowman pitching
        • E. Diaz: Foul, Foul, Ball, Diaz grounded out to pitcher
        • Cl. Holmes: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Holmes struck out looking
        • C. Tucker: Ball, Tucker singled to center
        • A. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Cl. Holmes Pitching:
        • E. Suarez: Ball, Suarez hit by pitch
        • Tyler Mahle ran for Eugenio Suarez
        • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Iglesias struck out swinging
        • Y. Puig: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Puig walked, Mahle to second
        • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Ball, Dietrich singled to right, Mahle scored, Puig to third
        • C. Casali: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Casali lined out to shortstop
        • J. Winker: Ball, Dietrich to second, Dietrich stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Winker grounded out to second
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • M. Lorenzen Pitching:
        • C. Tucker: Tucker doubled to deep right
        • A. Frazier: Ball, Frazier hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Tucker to third
        • B. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Reynolds singled to left center, Tucker scored
        • S. Marte: Marte singled to center, Reynolds to second
        • J. Bell: Foul, Bell homered to left, Reynolds and Marte scored
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera grounded out to second
        • C. Moran: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Moran flied out to right
        • Middle of the 7th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • J. Winker: Ball, Winker grounded out to shortstop
        • Clay Holmes relieved Francisco Liriano
        • J. Peraza: Foul, Ball, Peraza flied out to deep center
        • Josh VanMeter hit for Michael Lorenzen
        • J. VanMeter: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, VanMeter singled to right
        • N. Senzel: Senzel grounded out to second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • A. DeSclafani Pitching:
        • B. Reynolds: Reynolds singled to center
        • S. Marte: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
        • J. Bell: Ball, Strike looking, Bell singled to right, Reynolds to third
        • M. Cabrera: Cabrera flied out to center
        • C. Moran: Ball, Moran homered to left, Reynolds and Bell scored
        • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Diaz singled to center
        • Michael Lorenzen relieved Anthony DeSclafani
        • K. Newman: Strike looking, Newman reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Diaz out at second
        • Middle of the 6th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Brault Pitching:
        • E. Suarez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Suarez walked
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Iglesias flied out to deep center
        • Richard Rodriguez relieved Steven Brault
        • Y. Puig: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Puig struck out swinging
        • Francisco Liriano pitching
        • Cole Tucker at shortstop
        • D. Dietrich: Ball, Foul, Dietrich singled to center, Suarez to third
        • C. Casali: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Casali flied out to deep right
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • A. DeSclafani Pitching:
        • E. Diaz: Diaz grounded out to second
        • K. Newman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Newman singled to right
        • S. Brault: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Brault hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Newman to second
        • A. Frazier: Ball, Foul, Frazier grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Brault Pitching:
        • C. Casali: Casali singled to left
        • J. Winker: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Winker struck out swinging
        • J. Peraza: Peraza singled to center, Casali to second
        • A. DeSclafani: DeSclafani hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Casali to third, Peraza to second
        • N. Senzel: Senzel grounded bunt out to pitcher
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • A. DeSclafani Pitching:
        • J. Bell: Bell grounded out to first
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Cabrera singled to center
        • C. Moran: Strike looking, Moran grounded into double play first to shortstop to first, Cabrera out at second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Brault Pitching:
        • N. Senzel: Ball, Foul, Senzel singled to right
        • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Suarez struck out looking
        • J. Iglesias: Pickoff attempt, Iglesias grounded out to pitcher, Senzel to second
        • Y. Puig: Ball, Ball, Puig intentionally walked
        • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Dietrich struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • A. DeSclafani Pitching:
        • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Frazier flied out to deep right
        • B. Reynolds: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
        • S. Marte: Marte lined out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Brault Pitching:
        • J. Winker: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Winker flied out to deep center
        • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Ball, Peraza lined out to center
        • A. DeSclafani: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, DeSclafani grounded out to second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • A. DeSclafani Pitching:
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Cabrera struck out on foul tip
        • C. Moran: Strike looking, Ball, Moran grounded out to second
        • E. Diaz: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Diaz singled to center
        • K. Newman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Newman reached on an infield single to third, Diaz to second
        • S. Brault: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Brault grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Brault Pitching:
        • Y. Puig: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Puig lined out to center
        • D. Dietrich: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Dietrich struck out swinging
        • C. Casali: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Casali struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • A. DeSclafani Pitching:
        • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Frazier grounded out to second
        • B. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Reynolds walked
        • S. Marte: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Marte fouled out to first
        • J. Bell: Ball, Bell reached on fielder's choice to second, Reynolds out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Brault Pitching:
        • N. Senzel: Strike looking, Foul, Senzel flied out to deep right
        • E. Suarez: Ball, Foul, Suarez grounded out to third
        • J. Iglesias: Foul, Strike looking, Iglesias lined out to first
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)