Thompson takes no-hitter into sixth as Pirates beat Reds

PITTSBURGH — Zach Thompson took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and Daniel Vogelbach homered to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night.

Brandon Drury broke up the no-hit bid by lining a clean single to right field with two outs.

That was the only hit allowed by Thompson (2-3) in six innings. He had three walks and three strikeouts while throwing 76 pitches and combining with Wil Crowe, Chris Stratton and David Bednar on a four-hitter that ended the Reds’ three-game winning streak.

Thompson entered with a 7.08 ERA in six games, including five starts, but ran his scoreless innings streak to 12. Last Sunday, he pitched five shutout innings at Cincinnati but did not get a decision.

Bednar retired the last four batters for his sixth save in as many opportunities.

Vogelbach’s 433-foot leadoff home run to center in the fourth made it 3-0. It was Vogelbach’s team-leading sixth homer and the game’s lone extra-base hit.

Rodolfo Castro had two of the Pirates’ five hits.

Luis Castillo (0-1) lost in his second start of the year, allowing three runs and four hits in five innings. He missed all of spring training and the first month of the regular season with a strained shoulder.

The Pirates opened the scoring with two runs in the second inning. Jack Suwinski scored on a balk and Diego Castillo hit an RBI single.

The Reds’ lone run came on Albert Almora Jr.’s single in the seventh. Trailing 3-1, Cincinnati put runners on second and third base, but Crowe struck out Matt Reynolds to end the inning.


Reds: LHP Ross Detwiler, who contemplated retirement in the offseason, was selected from Triple-A Louisville and pitched one scoreless inning. The Reds are the 36-year-old lefty’s 10th team of his 14-year career and Detwiler is the 43rd player used by Cincinnati in 34 games this season. RHP Robert Dugger was designated for assignment for the second time this week and third time this month.

Pirates: RHP Beau Sulser was claimed off waivers by Baltimore after being DFA’d. He made his major league debut April 26.


Reds: 1B Joey Votto (COVID-19) began a rehab assignment with Louisville on Saturday. The 2010 NL MVP has been out since May 2. The Reds haven’t determined how many games Votto will be play in the minor leagues. ... C Tyler Stephenson was removed in the third inning after being hit in the mask by a foul tip. He was on the concussion injured list for nearly two weeks earlier this season. ... SS Kyle Farmer (general soreness) got the day off. ... CF Nick Senzel (COVID-19) has been working out in Cincinnati and is expected to go on a rehab assignment in the next few days. ... 2B Jonathan India (right hamstring tightness) is taking part in defensive drills, but there is no timetable for the return of last season’s NL Rookie of the Year. … LHP Nick Lodolo (lower back strain) has progressed to playing catch.

Pirates: SS Kevin Newman (left groin strain) fielded groundballs during batting practice. He has been sidelined since April 27.


Reds: Rookie RHP Hunter Greene (1-5, 7.62 ERA) pitches Sunday. He has lost five straight starts since beating Atlanta on April 10 in his major league debut.

Pirates: LHP Jose Quintana (1-1, 2.70) notched his first win since 2019 on Monday when he pitched six scoreless innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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