Rookie lefty Garrett stays perfect as Reds sweep Pirates


Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Amir Garrett throws against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)


Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman David Freese, right, tumbles over Cincinnati Reds' Tucker Barnhart (16) at third as he drops the throw from catcher Francisco Cervelli on a bunt by Reds pitcher Amir Garrett in the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in Pittsburgh. Both Barnhart and Garrett were safe. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)


Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli (29) throws to second base as Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Amir Garrett takes off for first after attempting a bunt with Reds' Tucker Barnhart on first in the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in Pittsburgh. Barnhardt was out on the throw and Garrett out at first, completing a double play. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)


Reds 9 Pirates 2

CincinnatiPittsburgh
abrhbi abrhbi
Hmilton cf5111Mercer ss4010
Peraza 2b5132S.Marte cf4000
Votto 1b4111McCtchn rf4120
Duvall lf4110Freese 3b3122
Stphnsn p0000Hanson ph1000
Suarez 3b4133Crvelli c4010
Kvlehan ph-3b1010J.Bell 1b4000
Schbler rf5011Hrrison 2b2010
Cozart ss4110A.Frzer lf4000
Brnhart c5231Nova p1000
Garrett p3100Gsselin ph1000
B.Wood p0000Bstardo p0000
Alcantr ph-lf1000F.Rvero p0000
Hudson p0000
Jaso ph1000
Watson p0000
Totals419159Totals33272
Cincinnati000040410—9
Pittsburgh000000200—2

E_Freese (1). DP_Cincinnati 1, Pittsburgh 2. LOB_Cincinnati 8, Pittsburgh 6. 2B_Peraza (2), Suarez (3), Schebler (2), Cozart (2), Barnhart (2), Mercer (1), McCutchen (1), Cervelli (2). HR_Freese (2). SB_Peraza (4).

IPHRERBBSO
Cincinnati
Garrett W,2-062-352205
Wood1-300001
Stephenson220014
Pittsburgh
Nova L,1-1684301
Bastardo2-324421
Rivero1-310001
Hudson131102
Watson110010

HBP_by Garrett (Harrison).

Umpires_Home, Tripp Gibson; First, Brian Gorman; Second, D.J. Reyburn; Third, Mike DiMuro.

T_2:54. A_12,327 (38,362).

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Reds rookie Amir Garrett threw another gem, taking a shutout into the seventh inning and leading Cincinnati over the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-2 Wednesday night for a three-game sweep.

Garrett (2-0), the former St. John’s basketball player, blanked the Pirates until David Freese hit a two-run homer.

Garrett gave up five hits, walked none and struck out five in 6 2/3 innings. In his major league debut last week, the 24-year-old lefty pitched six scoreless innings to win at St. Louis.

Cincinnati has won seven of eight since losing to the Phillies on opening day.

Jose Peraza, Eugenio Suarez and Tucker Barnhart each had three of the 15 hits for the Reds, who didn’t homer for the first time this season.

Peraza had a two-run double to cap a four-run fourth against Ivan Nova (1-1) that broke a scoreless tie. Zack Cozart and Barnhart doubled to open the inning and Billy Hamilton’s single made it 2-0.

The Pirates were outscored 21-5 in the series and were hitless in 23 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Suarez drove in three runs, including two with a double in a four-run seventh inning that stretched the lead to 8-0.

Nova pitched six innings and gave up three earned runs and eight hits.

DAVIS GOES ON DL

Reds rookie RHP Rookie Davis was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a bruised right forearm, a day after the rookie was hit by a pitch. Right-handed reliever Barrett Astin was recalled from Triple-A Louisville.

The Reds have not decided who will take Davis’ spot in the starting rotation Sunday against Milwaukee. Among the candidates mentioned by manager Bryan Price were a pair of relievers, left-hander Cody Reed and right-hander Robert Stephenson, along with Louisville righty Sal Romano.

SHIPPING UP TO BOSTON

The Pirates were originally scheduled to be off Thursday but will travel to Boston to make up a game with the Red Sox that was rained out last Thursday. Manager Clint Hurdle is looking on the bright side, though.

“We get to go to Fenway Park,” Hurdle said. “Who can complain about a job that takes you to Fenway Park?”

“We get to go to Fenway, then Wrigley, then Busch,” Hurdle said. “It’s a pretty great job to have when you can visit those three ballparks.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: Cozart (sore left wrist) returned to the lineup after missing the two previous games.

UP NEXT

Reds: Open a four-game home series against the Brewers on Thursday night with RHP Bronson Arroyo (0-1, 13.50 ERA) facing RHP Jimmy Nelson (0-0, 1.50). Arroyo gave up six runs in four innings in a loss at St. Louis last Saturday in the 40-year-old’s first major league game since 2014.

Pirates: RHP Chad Kuhl (1-0, 3.60) opposes Red Sox LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (0-1, 7.20).

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Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Amir Garrett throws against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/04/web1_116039627-4d52fb6ca2614f37ad02c19811379957.jpgCincinnati Reds starting pitcher Amir Garrett throws against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman David Freese, right, tumbles over Cincinnati Reds’ Tucker Barnhart (16) at third as he drops the throw from catcher Francisco Cervelli on a bunt by Reds pitcher Amir Garrett in the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in Pittsburgh. Both Barnhart and Garrett were safe. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/04/web1_116039627-14bac854cd5f42b894f4a790540456bc.jpgPittsburgh Pirates third baseman David Freese, right, tumbles over Cincinnati Reds’ Tucker Barnhart (16) at third as he drops the throw from catcher Francisco Cervelli on a bunt by Reds pitcher Amir Garrett in the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in Pittsburgh. Both Barnhart and Garrett were safe. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli (29) throws to second base as Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Amir Garrett takes off for first after attempting a bunt with Reds’ Tucker Barnhart on first in the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in Pittsburgh. Barnhardt was out on the throw and Garrett out at first, completing a double play. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/04/web1_116039627-cb8dd6e583a84f739b8ccf400f8bfa11.jpgPittsburgh Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli (29) throws to second base as Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Amir Garrett takes off for first after attempting a bunt with Reds’ Tucker Barnhart on first in the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in Pittsburgh. Barnhardt was out on the throw and Garrett out at first, completing a double play. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Reds 9 Pirates 2

Cincinnati Pittsburgh
ab r h bi ab r h bi
Hmilton cf 5 1 1 1 Mercer ss 4 0 1 0
Peraza 2b 5 1 3 2 S.Marte cf 4 0 0 0
Votto 1b 4 1 1 1 McCtchn rf 4 1 2 0
Duvall lf 4 1 1 0 Freese 3b 3 1 2 2
Stphnsn p 0 0 0 0 Hanson ph 1 0 0 0
Suarez 3b 4 1 3 3 Crvelli c 4 0 1 0
Kvlehan ph-3b 1 0 1 0 J.Bell 1b 4 0 0 0
Schbler rf 5 0 1 1 Hrrison 2b 2 0 1 0
Cozart ss 4 1 1 0 A.Frzer lf 4 0 0 0
Brnhart c 5 2 3 1 Nova p 1 0 0 0
Garrett p 3 1 0 0 Gsselin ph 1 0 0 0
B.Wood p 0 0 0 0 Bstardo p 0 0 0 0
Alcantr ph-lf 1 0 0 0 F.Rvero p 0 0 0 0
Hudson p 0 0 0 0
Jaso ph 1 0 0 0
Watson p 0 0 0 0
Totals 41 9 15 9 Totals 33 2 7 2
Cincinnati 000 040 410—9
Pittsburgh 000 000 200—2

E_Freese (1). DP_Cincinnati 1, Pittsburgh 2. LOB_Cincinnati 8, Pittsburgh 6. 2B_Peraza (2), Suarez (3), Schebler (2), Cozart (2), Barnhart (2), Mercer (1), McCutchen (1), Cervelli (2). HR_Freese (2). SB_Peraza (4).

IP H R ER BB SO
Cincinnati
Garrett W,2-0 6 2-3 5 2 2 0 5
Wood 1-3 0 0 0 0 1
Stephenson 2 2 0 0 1 4
Pittsburgh
Nova L,1-1 6 8 4 3 0 1
Bastardo 2-3 2 4 4 2 1
Rivero 1-3 1 0 0 0 1
Hudson 1 3 1 1 0 2
Watson 1 1 0 0 1 0

HBP_by Garrett (Harrison).

Umpires_Home, Tripp Gibson; First, Brian Gorman; Second, D.J. Reyburn; Third, Mike DiMuro.

T_2:54. A_12,327 (38,362).