PITTSBURGH (AP) – Mike Moustakas scored twice at home and Brandon Drury drove in four runs to save himself from a fall and lead the re-emerging Cincinnati Reds to a 8-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.
Moustakas scored a solo in the fourth inning on the right and broke the score 2-2. In the seventh, he had another solo home goal to score 8-2, two strokes after Drury made two runs.
It was the 15th home game for Moustakas, who has 199 home games in his career. He helped the Reds win for the sixth time in eight games after starting 3:22.
Tyler Mahle (2-4) won for the first time since the inaugural day and broke a winless streak with six starts. He gave up two runs with five goals in six innings while hitting eight and leaving one.
The Reds ’beginners have made six substitutions in consecutive games after not getting that far in the first 31 games of the season.
Drury’s double duel in the fifth brought the Reds a 5-2 lead. He had 14 hits without a hit.
Mitch Keller (0-5) was left without a win as he was marked for five sets with five goals in 4 2/3 substitutions. Since his last win at PNC Park on May 21, 2020 against Colorado, he has made 13 starts.
Of the 16 balls put into play against Keller, 11 had an exit speed of at least 95 mph.
The Pirates missed the first two games of the four-game series after taking over two of the top three Los Angeles Dodgers NL West for the start of the week.
Tyler Naquin of Cincinnati had two twins among his three goals.
Ben Gamel, who opened the scoring with his first career lead, and Daniel Vogelbach each scored two goals for the Pirates.
The Reds moved to the forefront at the top of the third with 2-1 when Naquin and Kyle Farmer hit consecutive doubles and TJ Friedl sacrificed flying.
Ke’Bryan Hayes opposed with an equal RBI double at the bottom of the exchange.
The Moustakas broke the result in the quarter with their first home goal and the Reds left from there.
Pittsburgh midfielder Bryan Reynolds is 1 on 25 with runners scoring a goal this year after being twice without a goal in those situations. After starting the All-Star Game last season, he scored a total of 0.214.
GUTIERREZ TO BULLPEN
The Reds move to Vladimir Gutierrez’s right-wing battle. He has a 0-5 with an 8.65 ERA in six starts after winning nine games last year as a rookie.
As the Reds have moved from six starting throwers to five, right-hander Connor Overton will remain in the rotation. The 28-year-old rookie has a 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA in three starts.
“I want to see him avoid it, but that doesn’t mean it’s a long-term decision,” Reds manager David Bell said of Gutierrez. “I would easily get back into rotation. It will remain built enough to be able to return to the beginning, where there would be an easy transition. “
The Pirates added RHP Tyler Beede to the active list the day after he was fired from San Francisco. It will be used as a relief.
“Things are there,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said of selecting the first round of the 2014 set. “We think our staff can help him.”
LHP Cam Alldred have been selected for Triple-A Indianapolis after giving away no results against the Reds in their Premier League debut on Thursday.
The Pirates also lost leftist Sam Howard to Detroit over a waiver claim.
Reds: 1B Joey Votto (COVID-19) has started playing matches and is expected to start playing rehabilitation games in the coming days. MVP NL 2010 has been excluded since 2 May.
Reds: RHP Luis Castillo (0-0, 5.79 ERA) will start Saturday night for the second time this season. He did not play in the spring training, and missed the first 28 matches due to a strained shoulder.
Pirates: RHP Zach Thompson (1-3, 7.08) made five unsuccessful substitutions against the Reds last Sunday, but did not influence the decision.
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