PITTSBURGH (AP) – Wade Miley allowed six runs on 10 hits and the Cincinnati Reds lost Tuesday for the sixth time in eight games, this time 6-5 to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Miley (12-6) allowed three runs in the first and three more in the fifth before being retired with one out. The six runs (five earned) were Miley’s most since the Rockies scored eight against him on May 14.
The Reds started the middle game day ahead of the San Diego Padres and the St. Louis Cardinals in the fight for the second wild card of the National League.
Pirates starter Dillon Peters (1-2) covered five scoreless innings, allowing five hits and five strikeouts to help Pittsburgh win for the fifth time in seven games after losing six.
Peters was 0-3 in six starts since his last win on Sept. 24, 2019, when he was with the Angels.
Nick Castellanos homered on the first pitch he received from Chris Stratton for his 29th homer, putting the game 6-5 with two outs in the ninth. Stratton subsequently struck out Joey Votto for his fifth save.
For the Reds, the Venezuelan Eugenio Suárez of 3.2 with a scored. The Dominican Aristides Aquino 4-0. The Cuban José Barrero 1-0.
For the Pirates, Wilmer Difo 4-1.