In a series in which the Cincinnati Reds needed to take at least two of three from the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Reds got off to a less than stellar start after a 4-1 loss Friday night.
Cincinnati managed just six hits on the night. The only real offense came from a Todd Frazier solo home run in the fourth inning. It was Frazier's 19th home run of the year
"We had a couple of threats there. They were followed by double plays," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "We might have gotten a little over anxious."
Pirates starter A.J. Burnett continue his string of good performances against the Reds with an eight inning outing giving up five hits and striking out six. He struck out 12 in his last outing against Cincinnati.
"You see the man go out there and not just compete, but pretty much dominate, through eight innings," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said, "and it sparks everybody. That's what we're looking for."
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