Newman’s single in 10th gives Pirates win and sweep of Reds

Sep 28, 2022, 12:44 AM | Updated: 1:31 pm
Oneil Cruz de los Piratas de Pittsburgh batea un doble ante los Rojos de Cincinnati, el miércoles ...

Oneil Cruz de los Piratas de Pittsburgh batea un doble ante los Rojos de Cincinnati, el miércoles 28 de septiembre de 2022. (AP Foto/Gene J. Puskar)

(AP Foto/Gene J. Puskar)

              Oneil Cruz de los Piratas de Pittsburgh batea un doble ante los Rojos de Cincinnati, el miércoles 28 de septiembre de 2022. (AP Foto/Gene J. Puskar)
            
              Oneil Cruz de los Piratas de Pittsburgh batea un doble ante los Rojos de Cincinnati, el miércoles 28 de septiembre de 2022. (AP Foto/Gene J. Puskar)
            
              Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Bryse Wilson delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
            
              Pittsburgh Pirates' Cal Mitchell (31) and Joe Godoy head back to the dugout after scoring on an RBI double by Oneil Cruz off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Cessa during the second inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
            
              Pittsburgh Pirates' Oneil Cruz follows through on two-run double off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Cessa during the second inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
            
              Cincinnati Reds' Kyle Farmer (17) celebrates as he heads to the dugout with Spencer Steer (12), after hitting a two-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Chase De Jong in the ninth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
            
              Cincinnati Reds' Jake Fraley crosses home plate after hitting a solo home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Chase De Jong during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
            
              Oneil Cruz de los Piratas de Pittsburgh batea un doble ante los Rojos de Cincinnati, el miércoles 28 de septiembre de 2022. (AP Foto/Gene J. Puskar)
            
              Pittsburgh Pirates' Kevin Newman, right, celebrates with teammates after hitting the game-winning RBi single off 
of Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Alexis Diaz in the 10th inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. The Pirates won 4-3 in 10 innings. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
            
              Pittsburgh Pirates' Kevin Newman hits the game-winning RBi single off of Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Alexis Diaz in the 10th inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. The Pirates won 4-3 in 10 innings. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
            
              Pittsburgh Pirates' Kevin Newman, center right, celebrates with teammates after hitting the game-winning RBi single off Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Alexis Diaz in the 10th inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. The Pirates won 4-3 in 10 innings. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
            
              Pittsburgh Pirates' Kevin Newman, right, celebrates with teammates after hitting the game-winning RBi single off 
of Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Alexis Diaz in the 10th inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. The Pirates won 4-3 in 10 innings. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kevin Newman hit a winning single in the 10th inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates rebounded from a blown three-run lead in the ninth to beat Cincinnati 4-3 on Wednesday and send the Reds to their 96th loss, their most since 2015.

Kyle Farmer hit a two-run homer in the ninth off Chase De Jong and Jake Fraley homered five pitches later to tie the score 3-3.

After Yohan Ramirez (3-1) pitched a perfect 10th, Alexis Díaz (6-3) intentionally walked Ben Gamel, and Newman dumped a two-out single into shallow center to score pinch-runner Rodolfo Castro from second. Newman has seven walkoff hits.

“In that situation, I just take a deep breath, go pitch to pitch and try to get a good pitch to hit,” Newman said. “It’s always special anytime to come through. For my teammates, for the crowd, the organization just to end the game on a walk-off is awesome.”

Pittsburgh (59-97), last in the NL Central, pulled within a game of the Reds (60-96), who are headed to their worst record since going 64-98 in 2015. The Pirates have won seven in a row against Cincinnati.

“It’s tough to come in here and lose the series against the Pirates,” Farmer said. “I think it’s a series we should have won.”

Bryse Wilson allowed three hits — all to Jose Barrero — in eight shutout innings, Pittsburgh’s longest scoreless outing since Iván Nova against Arizona on June 22, 2018 against Arizona.

Wilson threw 90 pitches and said he still felt strong and would have gladly gone out for the ninth inning.

“I felt like I didn’t have a ton of high-stress pitches — in the eighth a little bit — but I felt good,” Wilson said. “I asked (to pitch the ninth) but it was shut down pretty quickly.”

Pirates manager Derek Shelton did not regret pulling Wilson.

“In hindsight you can second-guess everything,” Shelton said. “But in terms of why we made the decision and the thought process was, we’re going to stick to our process. I’m more excited that Bryse threw the ball as well as he did for eight innings and was able to execute pitches. That was the thing that I’ll take away from his outing.”

Luis Cessa gave up three runs and six hits in six innings in his 200th career game and 28th start. He is 1-3 with a 4.03 in eight starts since being moved from the bullpen and would like to stay in the rotation in 2023.

“My arm feels great. My body feels great,” Cessa said. “I feel good mentally. In the offseason, I’m going to prepare to be a starter. That way it will also be easier if I get moved to the bullpen.”

Miguel Andújar had an RBI double in the first and has five RBIs in three games since the Pirates claimed him off waivers from the New York Yankees. Oneil Cruz hit a two-run double in the second.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: OF Mike Siani got the day off after being shaken up Tuesday night while trying to make a diving catch and leaving the game.

UP NEXT

Reds: Rookie RHP Graham Ashcraft (5-4, 4.18) will pitch Friday at the Chicago Cubs.

Pirates: RHP Johan Oviedo (4-2, 3.13) starts Friday at St. Louis. He was acquired from Chicago on Aug. 1.

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