The Pittsburgh Pirates stranded 14 runners and had two more picked off the basepaths, and Jason Grilli recorded his first blown save of the season as the Bucs dropped a 2-1 decision in 13 innings to the Reds in Cincinnati on Wednesday night.
Cincinnati’s Brandon Phillips scored teammate Derrick Robinson with a bases-loaded single for the game-winning run off Pirates reliever Vin Mazzaro (3-2; 3.23 ERA).
Pittsburgh pitchers had seemed to be on their way to a 13th combined shutout until Grilli allowed a game-tying solo home run to Jay Bruce with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning. Grilli started his appearance just one save shy of Joel Hanrahan’s team record of 26 straight saves to start a season, set in 2011. Manny Parra (1-1; 6.00 ERA) earned the win.
The Reds (44-29) outhit the Pirates 10-9 with Shin-Soo Choo, Todd Frazier and Ryan Hanigan recording two hits each. Garrett Jones had two hits for the Pirates (42-30). Andrew McCutchen went 0-for-6. Starling Marte tripled and scored the Bucs’ only run.
After the Reds have won two of the series’ first three games, the series will conclude Thursday afternoon with Brandon Cumpton (0-0; 5.40 ERA) making his second start for Pittsburgh, and facing Cincinnati’s Homer Bailey (4-5; 3.80 ERA).