Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds

· Major League Baseball
Pittsburgh Pirates
74-82, 36-42 Away
2 - 4
Cincinnati Reds
80-77, 38-43 Home

Reds bounce back from meltdown, rally past Pirates 4-2 in Votto's possible home finale

Joey Votto received ovations from the crowd all day and singled in what could be his final home at-bat for the Reds.

Christian Encarnacion-Strand added a solo homer for Cincinnati, which stayed 2 1/2 games behind the Chicago Cubs for the final National League wild card. The Reds have five games remaining, all on the road.

Cincinnati blew a 9-0 lead in a crushing 13-12 loss to the Pirates on Saturday, but on Sunday rallied from a 2-0 deficit.

“After games like last night, and you go down 2-0 in a Sunday day game, it's so easy to kind of roll over," Friedl said. “That's just not this team. It's just not our DNA. It's not who we are.”

Despite starting 20-8, the Pirates (74-82) were assured their fifth straight losing season.

Jose Hernandez (1-2) took the loss. Lucas Sims (7-3) earned the win for Cincinnati.

“In some ways, only this team comes back and wins this game after last night,” Reds manager David Bell said. “We got a lot of good performances, from some of the same relievers (who struggled Saturday). That only comes from being part of something bigger than yourself."

Reds left-hander Brandon Williamson retired 12 of his first 14 batters before Jack Suwinski led off the fifth with a home run, his 26th of the season.

Henry Davis doubled and scored on Jason Delay's single to put the Pirates ahead 2-0.

Quinn Priester, who had an 8.61 ERA coming in, held the Reds hitless until Jonathan India led off the sixth with a single. Friedl followed with his 17th homer to tie it.

In the seventh, India doubled and scored on Friedl's single to put the Reds ahead 3-2.

Encarnacion-Strand's 11th homer in the eighth provided an insurance run for Ian Gibaut, who earned his second save.

“It's huge after three tough games,” Friedl said. “Coming down the stretch here, it’s just fighting for inches. You’re clawing for anything you can get. There’s no quit.”


Votto received loud cheers before each plate appearance during Cincinnati's home finale. The 40-year-old first baseman is in the final season of his contract. Prior to his first at-bat, the 16-year veteran stepped out of the batter's box and raised his helmet to the crowd, which stood chanting “Joey! Joey!”

“It's overwhelming,” Votto said. “It's a humbling experience. I very nearly cried. It was a spectacular moment for me.”

Votto, a six-time All-Star and the 2010 NL MVP, said he'll wait until after the season to ponder his future.

“After the last game of the season, whenever that happens, I would like to stop, just stop, and go from there,” Votto said. “I don't like not being a productive player. I just want to continue to work and see where it takes me. I have never worked another job. I couldn't imagine a better job.”


The surprising Reds drew 2 million fans to Great American Ball Park for the first time since 2015. The season total of 2,038,302 included 10 sellouts, most since 2012. Those numbers came after a record-low attendance of 7,375 on April 17 before the arrival of young stars like Elly De La Cruz.


Pirates: LHP Bailey Falter (left neck strain) was placed on the 15-day injured list. RHP Osvaldo Bido was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Reds: SS Matt McLain (right oblique strain) made his second and final rehab appearance for Triple-A Louisville and is expected to rejoin the club Tuesday in Cleveland.


Reds RHP Hunter Greene (4-6, 4.24 ERA) will start the opener of a two-game series Tuesday in Cleveland.

The Pirates had not announced a starter for Tuesday's opener of a three-game series in Philadelphia.

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Matchup Prediction

Reds: 61.6%
Pirates: 38.4%
*According to ESPN's Basketball Power Index

Scoring Summary

9th Inning Reynolds flied out to left.
9th Inning Joe lined out to left.
9th Inning Delay lined out to shortstop.
9th Inning Gibaut relieved Díaz
9th Inning Senzel at third base.
9th Inning Fairchild in right field.

1 Games Played 1
1 Team Games Played 1
0 Hit By Pitch 1
9 Ground Balls 12
7 Strikeouts 8
2 Runs Batted In 4
0 Sacrifice Hit 0
7 Hits 6
0 Stolen Bases 0
5 Walks 5
0 Catcher Interference 0
2 Runs 4
1 Ground Into Double Play 1
0 Sacrifice Flies 0
33 At Bats 29
1 Home Runs 2
0 Grand Slam Home Runs 0
20 Runners Left On Base 10
0 Triples 0
0 Game Winning RBIs 1
0 Intentional Walks 0
3 Doubles 1
17 Fly Balls 9
0 Caught Stealing 0
152 Pitches 137
0 Games Started 0
0 Pinch At Bats 1
0 Pinch Hits 0
0.0 Player Rating 0.0
1 Is Qualified 1
0 Is Qualified In Steals 0
13 Total Bases 13
38 Plate Appearances 35
162.0 Projected Home Runs 324.0
4 Extra Base Hits 3
4.1 Runs Created 4.5
.212 Batting Average .207
.000 Pinch Hit Average .000
.394 Slugging Percentage .448
.333 Secondary Average .414
.316 On Base Percentage .343
.710 OBP Pct + SLG Pct .791
0.5 Ground To Fly Ball Ratio 1.3
4.1 Runs Created Per 27 Outs 5.0
24.0 Batter Rating 30.0
33.0 At Bats Per Home Run 14.5
0.00 Stolen Base Percentage 0.00
4.00 Pitches Per Plate Appearance 3.91
.182 Isolated Power .241
0.71 Walk To Strikeout Ratio 0.63
.132 Walks Per Plate Appearance .143
.121 Secondary Average Minus Batting Average .207
4.0 Runs Produced 8.0
1.0 Runs Ratio 1.0
0.5 Patience Ratio 0.6
0.2 Balls In Play Average 0.2
76.0 MLB Rating 79.8
0.0 Offensive Wins Above Replacement 0.0
0.0 Wins Above Replacement 0.0

Game Information

Great American Ball Park

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Attendance: 31,191 | Capacity: 43,891

2023 National League Central Standings

Milwaukee 92 70 .568 - W1
Chicago 83 79 .512 9 L1
Cincinnati 82 80 .506 10 L2
Pittsburgh 76 86 .469 16 W1
St. Louis 71 91 .438 21 W2
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