By ALAN SAUNDERS

Associated Press

PITTSBURGH — Before he took the mound Tuesday night, Pirates starter Joe Musgrove just didn’t feel right while warming up in the bullpen.

In his quest to get things straightened out, he made a quick change to his approach.

That tactic seemed to work, as Musgrove took a shutout into the seventh inning for Pittsburgh in a 7-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Starling Marte hit a two-run homer and Gregory Polanco had a two-run double for the Pirates.

Musgrove (6-8) allowed two runs and struck out eight. He gave up five hits — four singles — over 6 1/3 innings. The key for him was trusting catcher Francisco Cervelli to make a change to the game plan because Musgrove didn’t have his best stuff.

“I learned a lot from him tonight about how to disguise pitches,” Musgrove said. “That was the earliest in the game I’ve gone to my changeup. Usually, the first inning or two, I’ve gone fastball heavy.”

That’s what this September is going to be all about for Musgrove, who has yet to finish a season as a starter in the majors. Last year with World Series champion Houston, he was moved to the bullpen as the Astros entered their stretch run.

“This is something that I haven’t really gone through, ever, where I feel so inconsistent with my delivery,” Musgrove said. “I feel like you never stop learning.”

Scooter Gennett homered twice for Cincinnati.

Marte’s homer in the fourth scored Pablo Reyes, who reached on his first major league hit. Polanco drove in Marte and Adam Frazier with a double in the third. Frazier doubled and scored on Francisco Cervelli’s single in the first.

Marte’s homer was the first for a Pirates player other than Frazier or Polanco since Aug. 15.

The top four batters in Pittsburgh’s lineup went a combined 8 for 17 and drove in five runs.

“You’re looking for contagions,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “Hopefully, this was a contagion to get us going in a direction. We haven’t had a lot of consistency.”

Reds starter Cody Reed (0-2) permitted six runs and nine hits in a season-high five innings. It was Reed’s third start of the season for Cincinnati. He’s made 10 relief appearances.

Gennett hit solo shots in the seventh and eighth, giving him 22 homers this season. It was his second multihomer game of the year.

“The only positives we take from it are Scooter’s performance, really, and Cody finished up with a good fifth inning,” Reds manager Jim Riggleman said. “We’re trying to stretch him out a little bit. Hopefully we can get him sixth and further, eventually. I think the big blow of the game was Marte adding two more.”

Cincinnati chased Musgrove in the seventh and loaded the bases. Pirates reliever Richard Rodriguez hit Phillip Ervin with a pitch, allowing one run to score, but struck out Dilson Herrera and got Mason Williams to ground out to end the threat.

SMOOTH DEBUT

Making his first career start, Reyes hit an infield single in his second at-bat. He drove in his first career run with a double in the eighth to finish 2 for 4. The 24-year-old started the season at Double-A Altoona. “I’m so excited,” Reyes said. “This is something that I’ve dreamed since I was a kid.”

ROSTER MOVES

After the Triple-A season ended Monday, both teams added players from the minor leagues. Pittsburgh recalled RHP Tanner Anderson, RHP Michael Feliz, RHP Clay Holmes and OF Jordan Luplow, and selected the contracts of INF Kevin Kramer and C Ryan Lavarnway. The Pirates designated LHP Buddy Boshers for assignment. Cincinnati recalled RHP Tyler Mahle and RHP Keury Mella, and selected the contracts of C Tim Federowicz and OF Gabriel Guerrero.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: Mella was placed on the 60-day disabled list with a left oblique strain, ending his season. He last pitched for Triple-A Louisville on Aug. 24.

Pirates: C Elias Diaz (right hamstring discomfort) is expected to miss at least 10 days and might not return at all this season, according to Hurdle. Diaz hasn’t played since he was removed from Friday’s game.

UP NEXT

Reds: In the series finale Wednesday, RHP Homer Bailey (1-13, 6.13 ERA) will attempt to avoid becoming the first Reds pitcher to lose 14 games in a season since Mat Latos in 2013.

Pirates: RHP Jameson Taillon (11-9, 3.45 ERA) is scheduled to start. He is 2-0 and is holding opponents to a .217 batting average over his last three starts.

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TUESDAY’S REDS BOXSCORE

at Pittsburgh

Pirates 7, Reds 3

Cincinnati Pittsbugh

ab r h bi ab r h bi

B.Hmltn cf 3 0 0 0 S.Marte cf 4 2 2 2

Wisler p 0 0 0 0 A.Frzer 2b 3 2 1 0

M.Wllms ph-cf 1 0 0 0 G.Plnco rf 4 1 3 2

Peraza ss 4 0 0 0 Crvelli c 4 0 2 1

Votto 1b 4 0 1 0 J.Osuna 1b 3 0 1 1

Gennett 2b 4 2 2 2 Luplow lf 4 1 1 0

Suarez 3b 4 1 1 0 P.Reyes 3b 4 1 2 1

Schbler rf 4 0 2 0 Mercer ss 4 0 0 0

Brnhart c 3 0 0 0 Msgrove p 2 0 0 0

Ervin lf 3 0 0 1 Rich.Rd p 0 0 0 0

C.Reed p 1 0 0 0 Crick p 0 0 0 0

G.Grrro ph-cf 1 0 0 0 Moran ph 1 0 0 0

D.Hrrra ph 1 0 0 0 F.Vazqz p 0 0 0 0

Lrenzen p 0 0 0 0

Totals 33 3 6 3 Totals 33 7 12 7



Cincinnati 000 000 210 — 3

Pittsburgh 103 200 01x — 7



E—P.Reyes (1). DP—Cincinnati 1. LOB—Cincinnati 5, Pittsburgh 5. 2B—A.Frazier (17), G.Polanco (31), P.Reyes (1). HR—Gennett 2 (22), S.Marte (18). SB—G.Polanco (12), Cervelli (2). SF—J.Osuna (1). S—Musgrove (4).

IP H R ER BB SO

Cincinnati

Reed L,0-2 5 9 6 6 1 2

Wisler 1 0 0 0 0 2

Lorenzen 2 3 1 1 0 1

Pittsburgh

Musgrove W,6-8 61⁄3 5 2 2 0 8

Rodriguez 2⁄3 0 0 0 1 1

Crick 1 1 1 1 0 1

Vazquez 1 0 0 0 0 1



HBP—by Rodriguez (Ervin). WP—Musgrove.

Umpires—Home, Will Little; First, Lance Barksdale; Second, Sean Barber; Third, Ted Barrett.

T—2:39. A—8,855 (38,362).

Iribarren plays all nine positions in Bats finale

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Hernan Iribarren played all nine positions in Monday’s season finale against the Indianapolis Indians at Louisville Slugger Field. Iribarren, playing in his 1,478th career professional game and 1,430th career minor league game, started the game at catcher, making his catching debut.

His trek around the diamond included facing one batter on the mound in the fifth inning, where Louisville starting pitcher Jose Lopez moved to left field during the at-bat.

Iribarren’s positions in order: C-1B-2B-SS-3B-P-3B-LF-CF-RF-2B.

Only five players in MLB history have played all nine positions in a game: Bert Campaneris, 1965 Kansas City Athletics; Cesar Tovar, 1968 Twins; Scott Sheldon, 2000 Rangers; Shane Halter, 2000 Tigers; Andrew Romine, 2017 Tigers.

Iribarren recently passed Bill Lyons and Gene Roof for third place on Louisville’s all-time hits list, dating back to 1982, and finishes the season with 447 career hits in a Louisville uniform, trailing only Kevin Barker (455) and franchise leader Aaron Holbert (471). In five seasons with the Bats (2014-18), Iribarren has batted .276 (447-for-1618) with 187 runs, 78 doubles, 8 triples, 9 home runs and 130 RBI in 484 games, which ranks fourth all-time in franchise history.