Minor continues run as BP pitcher in 6-3 loss


Pittsburgh Pirates' Rodolfo Castro points to the sky as he celebrates hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, Monday, Sept. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Pittsburgh Pirates' Rodolfo Castro points to the sky as he celebrates hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, Monday, Sept. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)


Cincinnati Reds' Aristides Aquino flexes as he runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Cincinnati, Monday, Sept. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)


Pittsburgh Pirates' Bryse Wilson throws during the second inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, Monday, Sept. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)


CINCINNATI (AP) — Rodolfo Castro and Diego Castillo homered in a five-run fifth inning to power the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.

Castro hit a three-run home run off Mike Minor in the fifth inning. His eighth of the season. Castillo, who was recalled from Indianapolis before the game, hit a two-run shot — his 11th — to cap the inning.

Aristides Aquino broke an 0-for-8 slide with his eighth home run with a man on to put the Reds on top. The line drive off Bryse Wilson was Aquino’s eighth of the season and fourth in his last eight games.

Brian Reynolds started the scoring with his 22nd home run off Minor in the first inning.

Minor (4-11) came into the start with wins in his last three starts. He has allowed 23 home runs in 95 innings this season. He finished giving up six runs and seven hits in five innings.

Wilson (3-8) left with the bases loaded in the sixth inning with a 6-3 lead. Former Reds draft pick Robert Stephenson, who was claimed off waivers from the Rockies, retired Nick Senzel on a line out to center. Wilson allowed three runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.

The Pirates turned two double plays while he was on the mound. Wil Crowe pitched two scoreless innings to earn his fourth save.

The Pirates won for the fourth time in the last 21 games at Great American Ball Park.

JUST LIKE HOME

Brian Reynolds has eight career home runs at Great American Ball Park with three this season.

ROOKIE POWER

When Alejo Lopez hit his first career home run on Sunday in Milwaukee, he became the seventh Reds player since July 12 to hit their first major league home run.

MAKING MOVES

Pirates: Recalled IF Diego Castillo from Triple-A Indianapolis. Optioned If Hoy Park to Indianapolis. Added RHP Luis Ortiz to the Taxi Squad. He will be the 29th man for the double header on Tuesday.

Reds: Placed RHP Justin Dunn on the Injured List. He is expected to be available Friday according to David Bell. Selected the contract of RHP Raynel Espinal from Triple A Louisville. Release OF Albert Almora Jr.

TRAINERS ROOM

Reds: RHP Connor Overton slated to make a rehab start on Tuesday at Louisville. RHP Graham Ashcraft is scheduled to make a rehab start on Wednesdat Double A Chattanooga. RHP Hunter Greene completed a rehab assignment Sunday. His next start will be with the big league team.

UP NEXT

The Pirates and Reds play a double header on Tuesday. RHP Luis Cessa (3-2 4,97) expected to start the first game for the Reds. RHP Johan Oviedo (2-2 3.90 and RHP Luis Ortiz (0-0 0.00) are scheduled to pitch for the Pirates.

Pittsburgh Pirates’ Rodolfo Castro points to the sky as he celebrates hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, Monday, Sept. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/09/web1_129686891-2205dbfe79c34c8f87d34b9690d4f1c8.jpgPittsburgh Pirates’ Rodolfo Castro points to the sky as he celebrates hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, Monday, Sept. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Cincinnati Reds’ Aristides Aquino flexes as he runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Cincinnati, Monday, Sept. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/09/web1_129686891-f88a0446b5854843a8cdf3e424d8c06a.jpgCincinnati Reds’ Aristides Aquino flexes as he runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Cincinnati, Monday, Sept. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Pittsburgh Pirates’ Bryse Wilson throws during the second inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, Monday, Sept. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/09/web1_129686891-11fdfdcfa4cb489e83091f8f2e0c5fd6.jpgPittsburgh Pirates’ Bryse Wilson throws during the second inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, Monday, Sept. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)