Harvey bombed as slumping Reds fall 9-2 to surging Pirates


Pittsburgh Pirates' Corey Dickerson celebrates in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Matt Harvey in the second inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 22, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Pittsburgh Pirates' Corey Dickerson celebrates in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Matt Harvey in the second inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 22, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)


Pittsburgh Pirates' Corey Dickerson runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Matt Harvey in the second inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 22, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)


Pittsburgh Pirates' Starling Marte (6) runs the bases after hitting a solo home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Matt Harvey in the second inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 22, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)


CINCINNATI (AP) — Corey Dickerson homered for the fourth time in three days, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-2 on Sunday for their ninth straight victory.

Dickerson and Starling Marte hit consecutive homers off Matt Harvey during Pittsburgh’s four-run second. Dickerson’s two-run shot extended his homer streak to four straight games, becoming the first Pirate to accomplish the feat since Josh Harrison in 2014.

Dickerson went 4 for 5 and finished the series with 21 total bases, helping the Pirates outscore the Reds by a combined 27-5. Gregory Polanco and Sean Rodriguez also went deep in the finale.

Harvey (5-6) was tagged for eight runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings. The right-hander is expected to be traded ahead of the July 31 non-waiver deadline.

Last-place Cincinnati has lost four in a row for the first time since June 2-6.

Pittsburgh collected 15 hits in its 11th win in 12 games and moved two games above .500 for the first time since it was 30-28 on June 2. It’s the longest win streak for the Pirates since they also won nine in a row in June 2013.

Polanco’s two-run shot in the first landed deep in the right-field seats. He also drove in Dickerson with a single in the fourth, extending Pittsburgh’s lead to 8-0.

It was more than enough for Ivan Nova (6-6), who allowed two runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander improved to 4-1 in his last eight starts.

Nova also singled in the sixth, stopping his hitless slide at 63 at-bats.

Phillip Ervin had two hits and two RBIs for Cincinnati. Jose Peraza also had two of the Reds’ six hits.

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP Trevor Williams (7-7) starts Monday at AL Central-leading Cleveland. Williams is 4-1 in seven career interleague starts, including 2-0 in three starts this season. Corey Kluber (12-5) pitches for the Indians.

Reds: RHP Luis Castillo (5-8) pitches on Monday night against visiting St. Louis.

Pittsburgh Pirates’ Corey Dickerson celebrates in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Matt Harvey in the second inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 22, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/07/web1_120992812-f41c0bb822f0401f88987346aeb85c19.jpgPittsburgh Pirates’ Corey Dickerson celebrates in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Matt Harvey in the second inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 22, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Pittsburgh Pirates’ Corey Dickerson runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Matt Harvey in the second inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 22, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/07/web1_120992812-ac9a6beed9654e5d8f2787b47b7635f6.jpgPittsburgh Pirates’ Corey Dickerson runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Matt Harvey in the second inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 22, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Pittsburgh Pirates’ Starling Marte (6) runs the bases after hitting a solo home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Matt Harvey in the second inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 22, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/07/web1_120992812-19bcf4f888d84663b5dd896bd3548503.jpgPittsburgh Pirates’ Starling Marte (6) runs the bases after hitting a solo home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Matt Harvey in the second inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 22, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)