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Lyles strikes out 12 Padres

Late Friday: Pittsburgh 5, San Diego 3

SAN DIEGO — It’s been nearly three years since the Pittsburgh Pirates have had a pitcher strike out 12 batters in a game.

That’s how good Jordan Lyles was Friday night, when he dominated his former team for seven innings and helped the Pirates to a 5-3 victory against the San Diego Padres. Rookie Bryan Reynolds hit a go-ahead, two-run home run in the fourth.

“It was complete command from start to the end,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “I think he retired nine guys on three pitches or less. It was just a really well-pitched game. He just continues to show us good stuff. He’s building some street cred a lot of different places.”

Lyles struck out a career-high 12 while walking one and allowing one run and five hits. He struck out the side in the seventh.

“We stepped it up in the seventh. We were hitting our spots really well,” Lyles said. “We were on the same page and we were doing our thing.”

Reynolds homered to right-center with one out in the fourth off left-hander Joey Lucchesi, his second, for a 2-1 lead.

“I knew I got it pretty well but I didn’t know if it was going to get out,” Reynolds said.

He said Lucchesi’s fastball “was moving a lot. In my first at-bat he kind of showed me everything. Second at-bat I saw his changeup, curveball, whatever you want to call it. That let me get a good fastball to hit.”

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