CINCINNATI (AP) – Eugenio Suarez drove in three runs with a single and a homer, and ace-by-default Raisel Iglesias made another solid start as the Cincinnati Reds sent the Pittsburgh Pirates to their first loss, 5-1 on Saturday.
At 4-0, Pittsburgh was off to its best start since 2003. The Pirates also had their top starter making his debut – Gerrit Cole (0-1) was pushed back in the rotation after developing a sore ribcage during spring training. He still couldn’t beat the Reds, falling to 0-5 in seven starts against them.
Suarez had an RBI single in the first and a two-run homer in the seventh – his team-leading third of the season. He also scored three times.
Iglesias (1-0) gave up a run and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. He was moved to the front of the rotation when injuries sent four starters to the disabled list.
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