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Slumping Reds lose to Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates' Kevin Newman (27) and Bryan Reynolds (10) celebrate after scoring on a single by Yoshi Tsutsugo and a throwing error by Cincinnati Reds centerfielder Aristides Aquino during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH — Wade Miley surrendered six runs on 10 hits and the Cincinnati Reds lost for the sixth time in eight games, 6-5 to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.

Miley (12-6) gave up three runs in the first and three more in the fifth before being pulled with one out. The six runs (five earned) allowed were Miley’s most since the Rockies scored eight off of him May 14.

“Maybe not as sharp as we have been lately. I think Wade would say the same thing,” Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart said. “They got to us there early. Were able to weather it for a little bit, then they got three more in the fifth. But Wade pitching to contact is what he does well. He pitched to contact tonight, like he always does. Just found some holes.”

The Reds entered the day half a game ahead of the San Diego Padres and St. Louis Cardinals for the second wild card in the National League.

“We absolutely know this is going to turn,” Cincinnati manager David Bell said. “I have no doubt. I know our players. I know our team. Not to say it’s easy. We have to turn this around, we know that. I’m completely confident and feel it turning. It’s going to happen.”

Pirates starter Dillon Peters (1-2) went five shutout innings, surrendering five hits with five strikeouts to help Pittsburgh to its fifth win in seven games following a six-game losing streak. He was 0-3 in six major league starts since last winning with the Angels on Sept. 24, 2019.

“I know that I’m ready to take the ball whenever it’s asked,” Peters said. “I’m going to go out there and compete and go after guys. If that’s for three innings or six innings, you’re going to get everything I’ve got.”

Nick Castellanos took Chris Stratton deep on the first pitch he saw for his 29th homer, making it 6-5 with two outs in the ninth. Stratton then struck out Joey Votto looking for his fifth save.

“I don’t think any lead is safe against these guys,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “You look at their lineup all the way down, the way they constructed their September roster. I think you saw David use his whole roster today. … They’re a good offensive club. We’ve seen it time and time again.”

Following a mound visit with runners on first and second in the fifth, Miley allowed Yoshi Tsutsugo to single to left, driving in Kevin Newman, before Reynolds scored on an errant throw to third from left fielder Aristides Aquino that gave the Pirates a 5-0 lead. Jacob Stallings tacked on a sixth run with an RBI single.

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