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Pirates Finally Solve Reds

PITTSBURGH — Troy Stokes Jr. drove in runs with each of his first two major league hits, JT Brubaker pitched six strong innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates finally beat the Cincinnati Reds, 7-2 on Tuesday night.

Two days after making his debut, Stokes hit an RBI single in the fourth inning. The right fielder also doubled in a run in the eighth.

Brubaker (3-2) allowed one run on five hits to win for the first time in four starts. He had four strikeouts and one walk.

The Pirates had lost eight straight games to the Reds, including all four this season by a combined score of 44-9. Pittsburgh has won three of its past 12 overall.

NL batting leader Jesse Winker homered and doubled twice for Cincinnati to raise his average to .374. His solo shot in the third inning off Brubaker tied the score at 1-all.

Jeff Hoffman (2-3) lasted four innings, giving up three runs and four hits while striking out four and walking two. Hoffman is winless in his last four starts and fell to 0-3 in three career starts against Pittsburgh.

The Pirates’ Adam Frazier had two hits, including a two-run homer in the eighth off Sean Doolittle. Frazier has a 12-game hitting streak, matching a career best.

The Pirates moved in front 3-1 with a two-run fourth inning. Kevin Newman knocked in a run with a triple to the left-center field wall and scored on Stokes’ single to left.

Phillip Evans hit a run-scoring double in the fifth.

Winker’s second double of the game in the eighth scored Nick Senzel, who also had three hits, and got the Reds within 4-2.

Stokes got the run back in the bottom of the inning by pulling a double down the left-field line.

INDIANS 3, CUBS 2

CLEVELAND (AP) — Shane Bieber pitched out of some early trouble before extending his strikeout record and Cesar Hernandez hit a two-run homer, sending the Cleveland Indians to a win over the Chicago Cubs.

ASTROS 5

ANGELS 1

HOUSTON (AP) — Shohei Ohtani struck out 10 in an impressive duel with Lance McCullers Jr., and Houston broke loose against the Los Angeles bullpen.

METS 3, ORIOLES 2

NEW YORK (AP) — Patrick Mazeika got his second walkoff RBI in four career games with a fielder’s choice grounder in the ninth inning, helping banged-up New York rally to beat Baltimore.

ATHLETICS 3

RED SOX 2

BOSTON (AP) — Chris Bassitt struck out a season-high 10 over seven effective innings and Oakland beat Boston.

YANKEES 3, RAYS 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jordan Montgomery pitched six strong innings, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez homered, and New York beat Tampa Bay for the second time in seven games this season.

GIANTS 4

RANGERS 2

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Logan Webb set a career high with 10 strikeouts in six innings and San Francisco beat Texas.

BLUE JAYS 5

BRAVES 3

ATLANTA (AP) — Vladimir Guerrero homered and Toronto took advantage of Atlanta’s indecisive fielding in the eighth inning to rally past the Braves.

PHILLIES 6

NATIONALS 2

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper treated heckling fans to a long home run, Andrew Knapp delivered a key pinch-hit in place of injured catcher J.T. Realmuto and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals.

TIGERS 8, ROYALS 7

DETROIT (AP) — Robbie Grossman singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Detroit Tigers, after squandering a seven-run lead late, recovered to beat the skidding Kansas City Royals.

CARDINALS 6

BREWERS 1

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt and Tyler O’Neill homered off Brad Boxberger in the 11th inning to help the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers for their fourth straight victory.

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