The Pirates dropped to 12-15 Wednesday after a rare bad start from Jameson Taillon led to a 7-2 loss.
Taillon did strike out six while walking just one. But he coughed up three runs in the first, issuing a single and a walk before catching a bit too much of the plate on a changeup that Eugenio Suarez drove over the wall in left center. The Reds hit another three-run homer in the fourth on a single, a hit by pitch, and then an improbable Billy Hamilton blast on a Taillon fastball.
Meanwhile, the Pirates’ offense missed its chances against Rookie Davis. The bottom of the lineup came up empty with the bases loaded in the second, Josh Bell popped out with two men on to end the top of the third, and John Jaso whiffed with two outs and the bases full in the fourth. The Pirates also missed a chance to rally against Cody Reed in the sixth after Jose Osuna grounded into an inning-ending double play.
The Bucs finally got on the board in the seventh, when Alen Hanson walked and Andrew McCutchen hit his fifth homer of the season. The Pirates finished the game with just five hits and went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.