Rookie lefty Garrett stays perfect as Reds sweep Pirates

The Reds will go for the series sweep on Wednesday at PNC Park.

The Reds are 1-4 in their last five Tuesday games, and 15-39 in their last 54 versus a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15.

Garrett eventually proved to be human - the 2-run dinger he allowed in the 7th inning proved as much - but he became the first Cincinnati Reds pitcher to record 12 consecutive scoreless innings to begin his big league career since 1970, and it was far from just lucky. He was then optioned to Louisville, where he worked two shutout innings in one appearance.

Left-hander Tony Cingrani relieved to start the fifth.

The Reds tacked on a run against Juan Nicasio in the seventh and blew the game open in the eighth, as Scooter Gennett (who's a Red now, in case you missed that line of the transactions page) hit a three-run homer against Trevor Williams, who, incidentally, probably isn't an ideal pitcher to have involved in games that are still competitive.

Lorenzen, deservedly, got the win, as the Reds bullpen sent down the final 21 Pirate batters in order, taking a 7-1 win over their division rivals.

Suarez drove in three runs, including two with a double in a four-run seventh inning that stretched the lead to 8-0. To be honest, at the end of the season there's a good chance this series is looked back on as one of the worst of the season by the Pirates.

"From the competitive standpoint, I'm not surprised because I've been hearing for a long time what a great competitor Amir is", Reds manager Bryan Price said.

Garrett gave up five hits, walked none and struck out five in 6 2/3 innings. Hamilton and Jose Peraza singled with one out, moved up a base on a double steal and scored on a two-run single by Adam Duvall. The Braves were 2-6 on a season-opening trip before heading home to open their new stadium, SunTrust Park, on Friday against San Diego. "Just got to forget about this one and go to the next one".

Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle made a rare non-pitching change visit to the mound to try to settle Glasnow down but it didn't work.

Pirates: 2B Josh Harrison (sore left calf) had two hits in returning to the lineup after sitting out Monday night's game. In his major league debut last week, the 24-year-old pitched six scoreless innings to win at St. Louis.

Reds placed RHP Rookie Davis on the 10-day disabled list with a bruised right forearm.

The Reds have not decided who will take Davis' spot in the starting rotation Sunday against Milwaukee.

Pirates: Jameson Taillon makes his second start of the season.

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