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Suarez slugs Reds past Bucs 6-2

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Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images

Cincinnati Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez went three-for-four and slugged a career-high three homers propelling the Reds to a 6-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Joining the homer parade was Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart; both hitters combined to go 4-7 with four runs scored and six RBIs.

The offense sputtered for Pittsburgh, going 0-9 with runners in scoring position and left 11 runners on base. Colin Moran grounded into two double plays.

The Bucs are down 2-1 in the four game series that commences this afternoon in Pittsburgh.

Pirates starter Trevor Williams (1-6, 5.80) had some good moments during the game last night but allowed five runs on five hits and three walks with six strikeouts.

Reliever Derek Holland (1-2, 7.13) took over for Williams for two innings and struck out three hitters but allowed the third homer from Suarez.

The bright spot for the Pirates last night came from leadoff hitter Erik Gonzalez, who managed to reach base after each of his four at-bats; three hits (one double) and one walk.

Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani (1-2, 7.20) went four innings with two runs allowed on six hits and three walks and two strikeouts.

Reds reliever Amir Garrett (1-0, 2.80) got the win for the Reds, pitching 1.1 innings with three strikeouts.

The Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates will close out their four-game series this afternoon at PNC Park. They’ll send Chad Kuhl (1-1, 3.10) to the mound to face Tejay Antone (0-1, 2.66) at 1:35EST broadcast on ATT SportsNet.