Pedro Alvarez drove home all five of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ runs on Thursday afternoon in a 5-3 win over the Reds in Cincinnati.
Alvarez slammed a solo home run (his 16th of the year), a three-run double and an RBI single, raising his RBI total for the season to 48, and ensuring a 2-2 split for the Bucs (43-30) in the four-game series against the Reds. He recorded three of the Pirates’ ten hits, while Starling Marte went 2-for-5.
Bryan Morris (4-2; 2.48 ERA) earned the win in relief of Brandon Cumpton, who made his second Major League start. Tony Watson pitched the eighth and ninth innings for his second save.
The loss went to Reds reliever Alfredo Simon (5-3; 3.46 ERA), who surrendered the Alvarez homer. Cincinnati (44-30) tallied eighth hits, including two apiece from Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Votto. Jay Bruce slugged a solo home run, his fifth homer in seven games, Votto contributed an RBI single and Jack Hannahan drove home a run with a ground ball following a Zack Cozart double.
The Pirates, who trail St. Louis by four games and the Reds by a half-game in the National League Central Division, will now play a series of interleague games in Anaheim and Seattle. The first of three games against the Angels (33-40) will be played on Friday night. Pirates rookie Gerrit Cole (2-0; 3.75 ERA) will return to southern California to start the series opener against the Angels’ Jered Weaver (1-3; 4.41 ERA).