Big inning propels Reds over slumping Pirates


Cincinnati Reds' Jose Iglesias, center, celebrates with Josh VanMeter (17) and Yasiel Puig, right, after hitting a grand slam off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Montana DuRapau in the second inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 29, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Cincinnati Reds' Jose Iglesias, center, celebrates with Josh VanMeter (17) and Yasiel Puig, right, after hitting a grand slam off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Montana DuRapau in the second inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 29, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)


Cincinnati Reds' Jose Iglesias (4) celebrates with third base coach J.R. House (56) while running home to score on a grand slam off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Montana DuRapau in the second inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 29, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)


Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Sonny Gray throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Monday, July 29, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)


Today’s Game At-A-Glance

Pittsburgh Pirates (46-60, fifth in the NL Central) vs. Cincinnati Reds (49-55, fourth in the NL Central)

Cincinnati; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Pirates: Joe Musgrove (7-9, 4.29 ERA) Reds: Tanner Roark (6-6, 3.95 ERA)

LINE: Reds favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 9 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: Pittsburgh enters the matchup as losers of their last nine games.

The Reds are 23-27 against the rest of their division. The Cincinnati pitching staff has a team ERA of 3.99, Luis Castillo paces the staff with a mark of 2.78.

The Pirates are 19-28 against division opponents. The Pittsburgh offense has compiled a .267 batting average as a team this season, good for fifth in the MLB. Bryan Reynolds leads the team with an average of .330. The Reds won the last meeting 11-6. Sonny Gray earned his sixth victory and Jose Iglesias went 1-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs for Cincinnati. Alex McRae took his third loss for Pittsburgh.

TOP PERFORMERS: Eugenio Suarez leads the Reds with 46 extra base hits and is batting .257. Joey Votto is 13-for-42 with two doubles, a home run and eight RBIs over the last 10 games for Cincinnati.

Josh Bell leads the Pirates with 27 home runs home runs and is slugging .591. Starling Marte is 17-for-43 with seven doubles, two home runs and nine RBIs over the last 10 games for Pittsburgh.

LAST 10 GAMES: Reds: 6-4, .303 batting average, 4.65 ERA, outscored opponents by four runs

Pirates: 1-9, .247 batting average, 4.75 ERA, outscored by 20 runs

Reds Injuries: Tyler Mahle: 10-day IL (hamstring), David Hernandez: 10-day IL (shoulder), Derek Dietrich: day-to-day (knee), Juan Graterol: 7-day IL (head), Curt Casali: 10-day IL (knee).

Pirates Injuries: Jameson Taillon: 60-day IL (elbow), Edgar Santana: 60-day IL (elbow), Chad Kuhl: 60-day IL (elbow), Clay Holmes: 10-day IL (triceps), Rookie Davis: 60-day IL (finger/forearm), Nick Burdi: 60-day IL (biceps), Steven Brault: 10-day IL (shoulder), Gregory Polanco: 10-day IL (shoulder), Corey Dickerson: day-to-day (groin), Lonnie Chisenhall: 60-day IL (finger), Erik Gonzalez: 60-day IL (collarbone), Francisco Cervelli: 60-day IL (concussion).

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CINCINNATI (AP) — All nine Reds crossed the plate in a parade unseen in Cincinnati since the days of the Big Red Machine. All the down-and-out Pirates could do was watch glumly.

Jose Iglesias’ grand slam completed Cincinnati’s 10-run second inning and the Reds beat the Pirates 11-6 Monday night after Pittsburgh traded scheduled starter Jordan Lyles to the Brewers.

The last-place Pirates lost their ninth straight, their longest skid since they dropped 10 in a row in 2011.

“It’s hard right now, there’s no doubt about it,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “We battle adversity in different areas just about every night.”

Lyles was dealt to Milwaukee — which has an injury-depleted rotation — in the afternoon for pitching prospect Cody Ponce. Alex McRae (0-3) took Lyles’ spot, his first major league start after seven relief appearances. He retired only four batters and was replaced during Cincinnati’s biggest inning in four years.

McRae learned when he got to the ballpark about four hours before game time that he was going to make his first start.

“I was excited, obviously a little bit of nerves the first inning,” McRae said. “No excuses though.”

Ten days earlier, the Reds gave up a 10-run inning by the Cardinals during a 12-11 loss at Great American Ball Park. This time, they were on the other end of one .

They piled up six hits and three walks while sending 13 batters to the plate. Joey Votto singled home a pair of runs, first baseman Josh Bell had a throwing error, and Iglesias’ second career grand slam off Montana DuRapau made it 10-1.

After he rounded the bases, Iglesias rubbed his hair in the dugout and told teammates he’d make good on a promise.

“I told them before the game that ‘If I hit a home run, I would paint my hair like you guys,’” Iglesias said.

What color?

“Purple or yellow,” he said.

Every Reds player scored in an inning for the first time since Sept. 3, 1975, when they beat the Dodgers 13-2, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Cincinnati hadn’t scored so many runs in an inning since it also had 10 in the sixth against Detroit on Aug. 24, 2015.

“That doesn’t happen a lot, but we’ve been so in tune with our players and our offense these days,” manager David Bell said. “An inning like that can be really good for offense.”

Sonny Gray (6-6) gave up four runs in 5 1/3 innings, including Starling Marte’s 18th homer and Bryan Reynolds’ ninth. Colin Moran hit his third career grand slam off Wandy Peralta.

The game matched the NL Central’s bottom teams. The Pirates have anchored themselves in last place by going 2-15 after the All-Star break, prompting them to trade Lyles two days before the deadline.

BAD KARMA

During that 17-game stretch, the Pirates have led only three times after the fifth inning.

NEWCOMER

DuRapau was called up from Triple-A Indianapolis to take Lyles’ spot on the roster. He pitched in 10 games during three previous stints with the Pirates this season.

KEEP GOING

Hurdle says the Pirates have incentive to keep playing hard even as they trade away players.

“There’s an honor code out there about continuing to play,” Hurdle said pregame. “And the one thing we do mention is the name on the front of the jersey is important. It’s important for the fan base, it’s important to your organization, the people who work for your organization. And that name on the back should be important to you because you’re carrying your family name out there every day.”

TERRIBLE TWOS

The Pirates’ previous worst inning? They gave up nine runs — also in the second inning — during a 14-8 loss to the Cardinals on July 24.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Pirates: Left-hander Steven Brault could start a rehab assignment Thursday. He’s been in the injured list since July 6 with a strained left shoulder. … Corey Dickerson missed a third straight game with a sore groin. He might return during the series.

Reds: Reliever David Hernandez might be activated during the series. He’s been sidelined since July 18 with a sore right shoulder.

UP NEXT

Pirates: Joe Musgrave (7-9) has matched his career high with seven wins, accomplished with the Astros in 2017. He won his other start against the Reds this season, throwing seven scoreless innings for a 2-0 victory on April 5 at PNC Park.

Reds: Tanner Roark (6-6) is 3-1 in eight career starts against the Pirates. He had no decision in a 6-5 loss on April 30 at Pittsburgh.

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Cincinnati Reds’ Jose Iglesias, center, celebrates with Josh VanMeter (17) and Yasiel Puig, right, after hitting a grand slam off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Montana DuRapau in the second inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 29, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/07/web1_123274443-2ddce08a20a64b8b8a8141eedd78cec7.jpgCincinnati Reds’ Jose Iglesias, center, celebrates with Josh VanMeter (17) and Yasiel Puig, right, after hitting a grand slam off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Montana DuRapau in the second inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 29, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Cincinnati Reds’ Jose Iglesias (4) celebrates with third base coach J.R. House (56) while running home to score on a grand slam off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Montana DuRapau in the second inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 29, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/07/web1_123274443-e5e1984728c444579faeabb553eda4fc.jpgCincinnati Reds’ Jose Iglesias (4) celebrates with third base coach J.R. House (56) while running home to score on a grand slam off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Montana DuRapau in the second inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 29, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Sonny Gray throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Monday, July 29, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/07/web1_123274443-b676ec0be77a4a969ec011637caec291.jpgCincinnati Reds starting pitcher Sonny Gray throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Monday, July 29, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Today’s Game At-A-Glance

Pittsburgh Pirates (46-60, fifth in the NL Central) vs. Cincinnati Reds (49-55, fourth in the NL Central)

Cincinnati; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Pirates: Joe Musgrove (7-9, 4.29 ERA) Reds: Tanner Roark (6-6, 3.95 ERA)

LINE: Reds favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 9 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: Pittsburgh enters the matchup as losers of their last nine games.

The Reds are 23-27 against the rest of their division. The Cincinnati pitching staff has a team ERA of 3.99, Luis Castillo paces the staff with a mark of 2.78.

The Pirates are 19-28 against division opponents. The Pittsburgh offense has compiled a .267 batting average as a team this season, good for fifth in the MLB. Bryan Reynolds leads the team with an average of .330. The Reds won the last meeting 11-6. Sonny Gray earned his sixth victory and Jose Iglesias went 1-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs for Cincinnati. Alex McRae took his third loss for Pittsburgh.

TOP PERFORMERS: Eugenio Suarez leads the Reds with 46 extra base hits and is batting .257. Joey Votto is 13-for-42 with two doubles, a home run and eight RBIs over the last 10 games for Cincinnati.

Josh Bell leads the Pirates with 27 home runs home runs and is slugging .591. Starling Marte is 17-for-43 with seven doubles, two home runs and nine RBIs over the last 10 games for Pittsburgh.

LAST 10 GAMES: Reds: 6-4, .303 batting average, 4.65 ERA, outscored opponents by four runs

Pirates: 1-9, .247 batting average, 4.75 ERA, outscored by 20 runs

Reds Injuries: Tyler Mahle: 10-day IL (hamstring), David Hernandez: 10-day IL (shoulder), Derek Dietrich: day-to-day (knee), Juan Graterol: 7-day IL (head), Curt Casali: 10-day IL (knee).

Pirates Injuries: Jameson Taillon: 60-day IL (elbow), Edgar Santana: 60-day IL (elbow), Chad Kuhl: 60-day IL (elbow), Clay Holmes: 10-day IL (triceps), Rookie Davis: 60-day IL (finger/forearm), Nick Burdi: 60-day IL (biceps), Steven Brault: 10-day IL (shoulder), Gregory Polanco: 10-day IL (shoulder), Corey Dickerson: day-to-day (groin), Lonnie Chisenhall: 60-day IL (finger), Erik Gonzalez: 60-day IL (collarbone), Francisco Cervelli: 60-day IL (concussion).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.