ShareThis Page
Pirates

Pirates suffer 17th shutout loss of season

| Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, 7:48 p.m.
Cincinnati Reds' Jose Peraza hits an RBI sacrifice fly off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jameson Taillon in the third inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Cincinnati Reds' Jose Peraza hits an RBI sacrifice fly off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jameson Taillon in the third inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jose Peraza, left, picks off Pittsburgh Pirates' Starling Marte (6) in the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jose Peraza, left, picks off Pittsburgh Pirates' Starling Marte (6) in the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

CINCINNATI — Michael Lorenzen singled home a run and got his first victory as a starter since 2015, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-0 victory Saturday that ended their seven-game losing streak against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Eugenio Suarez homered for the second straight game off Jameson Taillon (14-10), pulling out of his monthlong slump. His two-run shot on Friday night was his first homer and RBI since Sept. 10.

The Pirates’ Jung Ho Kang started at third base — the first time he had been in a major league lineup in two years. He went 1 for 4 with a single.

The 31-year-old infielder hadn’t played in the majors since September 2016 because of visa issues related to DUI arrests in his native South Korea. Earlier this season, he played in the Pirates’ minor league system before a left-wrist injury required surgery. The Pirates decided to add him to the roster for the final series.

The Pirates have dominated the rivalry against Cincinnati, going 13-5 this season. The seven-game winning streak was the Pirates’ longest against the Reds since 1991.

The Pirates were blanked for the 17th time, most in the NL and tied with Detroit for most in the majors.

The Reds let Lorenzen (4-2) make three starts to finish the season after 42 relief appearances. He went 5 2/3 innings — his longest appearance since he was a rookie starter in 2015 — and gave up five hits. David Hernandez escaped a bases-loaded threat in the sixth. Raisel Iglesias got his 30th save in 34 chances.

Lorenzen also had a run-scoring single, finishing his season at the plate with a flourish. He batted .300 with one double, four homers and 10 RBIs in 30 at-bats as a pitcher or pinch hitter.

Notes : Pirates utilityman Adam Frazier left in the fourth inning with a tight right hamstring. Shortstop Jordy Mercer left in the fifth with a sore right forearm.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me