Fraley’s Two-Run HR into Allegheny Lifts Reds Past Pirates

Cincinnati Reds’ Jake Fraley is greeted by teammate Austin Romine (28) after his two-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Tyler Beede scored them both during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Philip G. Pavely)
By JOHN PERROTTO Associated Press
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jake Fraley’s two-run home run highlighted a four-run outburst in the fourth inning and Justin Dunn earned his first win in 16 months as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-1. Fraley’s sixth homer of the season landed in the Allegheny River and increased the Reds’ lead to 5-0. Dunn (1-1) allowed one run in five innings in his third start since being called up from Triple-A Louisville. It was his first win since April 15, 2021, when he was pitching for Seattle and beat Baltimore in the second game of a doubleheader.

Castro Ditches Phone, Brings Bat, Pirates beat D-backs 6-4

Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Rodolfo Castro slides over to make a catch on a liner hit by Arizona Diamondbacks’ Ketel Marte during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

By DAVID BRANDT AP Sports Writer
PHOENIX (AP) — Rodolfo Castro had two hits to spark the offense one night after a smartphone faux pas, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4. The 23-year-old Castro mistakenly left his phone in the back pocket of his baseball pants during Tuesday’s game, and it came flying out on a headfirst slide into third base. On Wednesday, he left his phone in the clubhouse but certainly remembered to bring his bat. Mitch Keller threw 5 1/3 solid innings as Pittsburgh improved to 5-4 in August.

Castro Loses Phone in Pirates’ 6-4 loss to Diamondbacks

Pittsburgh Pirates’ Rodolfo Castro reacts after making the last out against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, in Phoenix. Called up from Triple-A Indianapolis before the game, Castro slid headfirst into third in the fourth inning against the Diamondbacks and had his phone fly out of his back pocket. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

PHOENIX (AP) — Pittsburgh infielder Rodolfo Castro lost his phone on the field and the Pirates were stymied by rookie Tommy Henry in a 6-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Henry was sharp in his Chase Field debut, allowing a run on four hits in seven innings. Castro made a different kind of noise after being called up from Triple-A Indianapolis. The second baseman walked in the fourth inning and went to third on Oneil Cruz’s single. Castro slid headfirst into the bag to beat the throw and the impact sent his phone flying from his back pocket. Third base umpire Adam Hamari immediately saw the phone and pointed to it on the ground. The 23-year-old Castro picked up the phone and handed it to Pirates third base coach Mike Rebelo, who had an exasperated look on his face before taking it.

Gallen’s Pitching, Marte’s Hit Lift D-backs over Pirates 3-0

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zac Gallen throws against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

By DAVID BRANDT AP Sports Writer
PHOENIX (AP) — Zac Gallen pitched seven dominant innings, Ketel Marte had a crucial two-out, two-RBI single in the eighth and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0 . Gallen gave up just three hits and two walks while striking out eight. The seven innings matched a career high he’s reached 13 times in the big leagues. He threw just 89 pitches but manager Torey Lovullo opted to bring in lefty Joe Mantiply for the eighth. The decision worked. Mantiply retired the Pirates in order in the eighth and Ian Kennedy handled the ninth for his seventh save.

Pirates Sweep Brewers With Second Walk Victory in a Row

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By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bryan Reynolds raced home on a wild pitch with one out in the 10th inning, lifting the Pittsburgh Pirates past the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 to complete a three-game sweep. Reynolds tied it earlier in the inning when he hit a ground-rule double down the right-field line off Matt Bush (2-2). Reynolds moved to third on a fly to right field by Ke’Bryan Hayes and raced home when a pitch from Bush slipped by Brewers catcher Victor Caratini to give the Pirates their third comeback win over first-place Milwaukee in as many days.

Cardinals Acquire Veteran Lefty Quintana from Pirates

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jose Quintana has parlayed his success in Pittsburgh into a job in St. Louis. The Pirates traded have the veteran left-handed pitcher to the Cardinals on in exchange for reliever Johan Oviedo and corner infield prospect Malcolm Nunez. The 33-year-old Quintana signed a one-year deal with the Pirates last fall intent on re-establishing himself as a starter after spending most of the last two seasons working out of the bullpen with multiple clubs. Quintana delivered, going 3-5 with a 3.50 ERA in 20 starts with Pittsburgh, including 5 2/3 shutout innings last week against Philadelphia.

Pirates hit 4 Homers to beat Brewers 8-6, Win Series

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By TOM KERTSCHER Associated Press
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Touted rookie Oneil Cruz hit a tiebreaking homer in the sixth inning and Daniel Vogelbach added a three-run shot in the ninth to power the Pittsburgh Pirates to an 8-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. Michael Chavis and Ke’Bryan Hayes also went deep for the Pirates, who took two of three from the NL Central leaders. Andrew McCutchen had a two-run homer in the ninth for the Brewers. Chavis tied it 4-all with a leadoff homer in the sixth off losing pitcher Trevor Gott, who had just replaced starter Eric Lauer. Two outs later, the 6-foot-7 Cruz connected for his fourth home run of the season. Vogelbach made it 8-4 with his drive off Chi Chi González.

Chavis Stars with Bat, Defense, Pirates Edge Cubs in 10

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By WES CROSBY Associated Press
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Michael Chavis hit a tying home run in the eighth before pulling off a defensive gem and delivering a game-ending single in the 10th, sending the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Chicago Cubs 8-7. Chavis’ solo homer made it 7-all after the Cubs scored five times in the top of the eighth. In the 10th, Chavis charged a slow grounder by Jason Heyward toward first base and threw out Patrick Wisdom at the plate. The call stood after a Chicago challenge. In the bottom half, Chavis blooped a single to right and automatic runner Ke’Bryan Hayes scored in a collision with catcher Wilson Contreras. Hayes remained down for a few moments before walking off under his own power. Hayes homered earlier in the game.

Rookies Madris, Contreras lead Pirates to 7-1 Win over Cubs

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By JOHN PERROTTO Associated Press
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bligh Madris hit his first major league home run and fellow rookie Roansy Contreras pitched five solid innings to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 7-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Madris connected in the sixth for a solo shot to right-center field off Mark Leiter Jr. to close the scoring. It came a day after Madris had three hits in his big league debut. Contreras allowed one run and four hits while striking out three and walking two. The Pirates won their third straight game and the Cubs lost for the 13th time in 15 games.

Goldschmidt, Carlson Homer, Cards send Pirates to 7th Straight Loss

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By STEVE OVERBEY Associated Press
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning and Dylan Carlson added a three-run blast to help the St. Louis Cardinals rally past the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-5. Michael Chavis and Diego Castillo homered for Pittsburgh, which dropped its season-high seventh in a row. The Cardinals scored five times in the sixth inning to erase a 5-0 deficit. Brendan Donovan started the comeback with a two-run double. St. Louis has won six of seven against its NL Central rival this season. Chavis highlighted a four-run outburst in the fifth with a three-run homer that put the Pirates up 5-0.